First, PCI DSS stands for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. It
started out as a series of five separate programs, namely: American Express
Data Security Operating Policy, Discover Information and Compliance, JCB Data
Security Program, MasterCard Site Data Protection and Visa Card Information
While each program was unique and came from different (in some cases,
competing) brands, the overall aim was the same throughout: to ensure
merchants meet minimum levels of security in storing, processing and
transmitting cardholder data in order to better protect card issuers.
The five separate but similar policies were eventually collated in 2004 when
the PCI DSS was created. Soon afterward, each company aligned their own
policies to correlate with that of the new industry standard.
Since its creation in 2004, the PCI DSS policy has underg... (more)
With online retailers around the UK readying their systems for the annual
Christmas hike in sales, anything websites can do to create a competitive
advantage to differentiate them from their rivals will undoubtedly be
But while many firms may consider ramping up their marketing with special
offers and promotions, one area that could prove especially fruitful may be
embracing mobile commerce. This is no longer a niche technology, but one that
should be a serious part of a firm's ecommerce strategy.
Ensuring that ecommerce hosting solutions include provisions for users ... (more)
Business Computing World August 2012 by Dominic Monkhouse In the busy 21st
century, a large proportion of people no longer have the time or the
inclination to physically go to the shops to buy goods. Luckily, many can now
do this instead via their phone, laptop or tablet. Made ever easier via
applications for portable devices, [...]
If it weren't for efforts of inquisitive scientists and fastidious
mathematicians however, it's debatable whether this green movement would have
ever become so great. It is only since mankind learned of the fragility of
the planet's resources, and the realities of what causes climate change
(carbon-dioxide emissions) that governments, businesses and individuals have
stood up to their responsibilities when it comes to efficiency.
Why are companies going green?
In today's competitive business environment, where resources are stretched
and every efficiency matters, it's no wonder tha... (more)
While bank loans, property leasing and constant monitoring meant that it took
an incredible amount of effort to set up a business 15 years ago, the
internet has provided entrepreneurial opportunities that nearly everyone can
take advantage of. Provided they know the basics, of course.
So, where should businesses begin when creating an e-commerce site?
All websites need to 'exist' somewhere and this is where web hosting comes
in. Typically offered by third party companies, web hosting involves the
placing of a company website on an outsourced server. With many companies