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This is according to research conducted by KPMG, which revealed there are several common errors businesses make when hosting corporate websites. In fact, 15 per cent of companies on the Forbes 2000 list of enterprises offer hackers the ability to access private login portals or test features. As well as potentially giving access to criminals people could upload malware via these vulnerabilities. One of the most common issues was found to be temporary files, which sometimes reveal useful information about a website that hackers could exploit. KPMG found 553 occurrences of this during its study. This was followed by data folders containing backups of client or corporate data, while .txt files with system configuration information were also often left accessible to hackers. The firm noted the sectors that appear to be most vulnerable to these issues include insurance... (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)

Will 2012 Be the First M-Commerce Christmas?

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 essential. 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)

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)

Digital Channels 'Vital' to Retail Success

Research conducted by IMRG, eDigitalResearch and Portaltech Reply found companies that sell using multiple platforms expect sales from online and mobile portals to account for 45 per cent of their total revenue by 2014. By this time, sales from brick-and-mortar stores will drop to 40 per cent of a typical firm's income. The study indicated that having multichannel capabilities is vital in the current trading environment. 98 per cent of businesses surveyed are already running two or more customer touchpoints - a 12 per cent increase from 2011, while there has also been significan... (more)