PCI compliance is clearly a serious issue and all merchants, regardless of size are urged to ensure that their system and practices are up to date. The following article highlights key issues and provides a link to a downloadable self assessment guide and form. https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org/merchants/self_assessment_form.php
America is leading the way in developing a more secure environment for online transactions, and in the fight against those who would seek to exploit Internet vulnerabilities.
Speaking ahead of a meeting with a panel of security experts and officials at Stanford University, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke made an impassioned plea for government and the private sector in the US to work together on solutions to better secure the Internet and allay consumer’s privacy concerns. Read more:
There are many different anti-virus software applications out there, but do you need to pay for your computer protection?
If you have access to your bank account on-line, your bank may well be offering you a good anti-virus software for free as part of their service.
This guardian article on protecting your computer offers some ideas. We particularly like its top ten tips for keeping safe on-line:
- Use the latest version of your web browser.
- Make sure your Windows security updates are up-to-date – the best way is to switch on the automatic update function.
- Keep your software up-to-date – many updates include security fixes.
- If you have online banking your bank may offer free anti-virus software.
- Make sure you only download software from the vendor’s website or a reputable website like download.com.
- Most free software doesn’t include technical support, but there are lots of support forums online.
- Make sure your computer protection software is regularly updated.
- Scan your computer regularly for malware, at least once a week.
- Your PC can also be infected by malware hidden on plug-in devices like memory sticks, so scan them too. Don’t click on emailed weblinks to banks or other commercial companies – type the company web address into the browser window.
PayPal has global ambitions but there are ethical alternatives out there, and CharityClear offers you the chance to process your electronic and online transactions in a way that benefits charity rather than big business.
This BBC article outlines the approach of PayPal, and makes its ambitions clear.