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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)

Employees 'Must be Taught' How to Protect Confidential Data

Companies that are undergoing PCI compliance checks will have to ensure they educate all staff working with sensitive materials so that data is kept secure, it has been stated. Research director at Gartner Australia Rob McMillan explained in an interview with Computer World that one of the biggest security threats of next year is likely to come from deceptive tactics that convince people to hand over information such as access credentials. He stated that this social engineering is becoming increasingly popular among cybercriminals looking to take advantage of non-IT personnel who... (more)

OFT to Investigate Online Data Tracking

It was observed many retailers track the activities of customers on their online platforms and can collect a wide variety of data, ranging from past purchasing habits and the type of items viewed to which web browser individuals are using. The OFT is set to examine how organizations use this vast amount of information and whether some people will see different prices as a result. Chief executive of the body Clive Maxwell said that innovation online plays a key role in driving economic growth and the new investigation is part of the OFT's commitment to ensuring that consumers can... (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)