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Magento has made its name in the world of e-commerce for these reasons. It is supported by some of the biggest names in online retailing, from Paul Smith to Olympus and Nestle. The Linux (PHP)-based platform has become the e-commerce solution for choice companies of all sizes. While its free and Magento Go versions are preferred by small businesses for their low cost and powerful out-of-the-box features, large retailers tend to prefer Magento's enterprise version because of its customisable look and functionality - as well as its impressive reporting and analytical tools. Delving further into where Magento excels ahead of the competition is the best way to explain its appeal to these various different market-retailers. It should also explain why Magento looks set to be the e-commerce platform of choice for a generation. Architecture and design The basic underlying... (more)

PCI SSC: Firms Must Perform Rigorous Risk Assessments

This is according to general manager of the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) Bob Russo, who told Bankinfosecurity.com that this is vital to spotting any weak links in the card data protection chain, which could undermine an entire system. Performing annual risk assessments is one of the 12 central requirements firms must go through to be certified PCI compliant, but it may be the case that some companies do not devote adequate time and resources to this and assume their systems will still be secure. Mr Russo explained: "The standard requires an annual risk assessment, bec... (more)

What Are the Basics of PCI DSS?

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 Security Program. 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 prote... (more)

The Maturity of Green Technology

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)

The Basics of Starting an e-Commerce Site

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? Hosting 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 of... (more)