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)
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
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.
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)
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
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 du... (more)