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EU Cookie Law deferred for 1 year

The EU law on e-privacy, cookie law, came into effect on May 25th. At the moment only 2 countries in Europe have implemented this and the UK has deferred the implementation for a year, to give technology time to catch up.

What is a Cookie?

Cookies are small files saved to the users computer by the web browser. They are used to hold information about users and their preferences on a website, these rules relate to code designed to help target advertisements – specifically when the information gathered is unrelated to the website being browsed.

So what is ‘Cookie Law’?

It states that websites must seek consent from users before using tracking technologies.

What does Cookie law mean to UK Business

UK Business will lose out as a result of this law. We will implement it and every UK website will start to annoy visitors, by asking for consent to use cookies. The law only applies within the EU so rest of the world won’t have to take any notice of this law, so traffic will go to the sites that don’t have this as it will be simpler to do business on-line with them.

The problem with the law is:-

For a website to remember that you don’t want cookies it needs to do one of 2 things.

  • Require that you login to the site and save some preference data
  • Put a cookie on the users PC, which you aren’t going to be able to do

So website designers have 2 ‘options’ the 2nd of which isn’t an option. The only other way is for the web browser to hold the information of your preferences about cookies, like firefox does, but under the wording of the law that isn’t sufficient.

Basically a law drafted by people who have good intentions around privacy but have no idea of the consequences of their ruling.

 

Critical Android Vulnerability

Yesterday, researchers from Germany’s University of Ulm reported that some Android applications transmit sensitive authentication data without properly securing it, making people vulnerable to having their private data (e.g. Calendar Contacts, Pictures) accessed by an attacker.

When a vulnerable device transmits its authentication data, an attacker can eavesdrop and view transmitted data if you are connected to a public WiFi network or are using a hostile internet connection. Sending data unencrypted (e.g. via HTTP rather than HTTPS) is analogous to sending your sensitive data in clear envelope so that everyone can see its contents rather than in an opaque envelope. The specific Android vulnerability is found in applications that use Google’s ClientLogin authentication service over HTTP, rather than HTTPS, such as Google Calendar and Contacts.

Read More on this Android Vulnerability

You can read the rest of the article on the Lookout Blog

Web Chemistry – how to secure High Value Clients online for your services

If your business has a website and you want to do more business on-line then you need to work out how to secure high value clients for your services. Web Chemistry will help you to discover how to build strong relationships and position your expertise online to secure high value clients, even while you sleep.

One Day Workshop: Wednesday 8th June 2011

Langstone Technology Park, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 1SA

Introductory Video – Discover how to secure High Value Clients online

To get a feel for the content of the Web Chemistry seminar take a look at the short introductory video which discusses some of the techniques that will be introduced at the event. This will include how to:-

  • Attract targeted web traffic
  • Turn visitors into buyers
  • Build credibility
  • Connect with your visitors
  • Attain high fees for your services

Sign up for Web Chemistry

View the full agenda and Sign up for Web Chemistry at the Langstone Technology Park in Havant, Hampshire on June 8th. There are still  few Early Bird tickets available until the 25th May, so take advantage of this offer and you can discover how to secure high value clients for your on-line services business.

Microsoft to buy Skype

Microsoft have entered into a definitive agreement, today, to buy Skype for 8.5 Billion Dollars.

You can read the details in the full Microsoft Press Release at http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2011/may11/05-10CorpNewsPR.mspx

Skype will support Microsoft devices like Xbox and Kinect, Windows Phone and a wide array of Windows devices, and Microsoft will connect Skype users with Lync, Outlook, Xbox Live and other communities. Microsoft will continue to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms.

What impact will this have on Skype?

Skype have more than 170 million connected users and last your racked up over over 207 billion minutes of voice and video conversations. In the last 18months they increased the ‘calling minutes’ buy around 150 percent. Given the huge amount Microsoft are paying for Skype I can’t see them turning their backs on the successful formula, so I wouldn’t expect to see major changes at the high volume consumer level.

Where you can expect to see changes to Skype is its acceptance and use within large businesses and its going to have a huge impact on the VoIP market. Microsoft already have a presence in the consumer, peer-to-peer, voice market with Messenger, they also have a business product with Lync. This is where I expect to see the major changes with the technology behind Skype being integrated into Lync. So in the short to medium term I would expect Skype to become a business carrier product, and billable platform, for businesses even if they don’t realise that they are using Skype.

 

KashFlow - Online Accounts

KashFlow Online Accounts

Accounting Software For Small & Medium Size Businesses

KashFlow is an incredibly easy to understand accounting system for UK small businesses. No accounting knowledge required, the  free trial really is free – no credit card needed.

With KashFlow accounting software you can save time, be better organised and have a better insight into your financial position by using KashFlow Online Accounting. The software has been built with the small business in mind. KashFlow know that you want to spend your time on what you do, not struggling with complicated software trying to understand how it works.

KashFlow Online accounting software gives you everything you need; from Invoicing to cashflow management to VAT reports and everything else you need at your fingertips to keep your business running smoothly and you focused on doing what you do best – running your business.

KashFlow Online Accounts – Features

The KashFlow Online Accounts services includes all the features that you would expect from traditional Accounting software packages. These includes:-

  • Invoicing
    • Automated& Reoccurring Invoices
    • Pay Online button for Paypal Payments
    • Multi-Currency
  • Quotes & Estimates
    • Customise text and branding
    • Email Quotes direct from KashFlow
    • Convert Quotes to Invoices
  • Purchasing
    • Product Lists
  • Credit Control
    • Automated Reminders for overdue invoices
  • Reporting
  • Banking
  • Customers & Suppliers

KashFlow Integration

KashFlow Online Accounts integrates with Hosted CRM  solutions like Capsule CRM, to provide you with a complete integrated Sales Management Solution. Typically you use a CRM product to manage your sales pipeline and once an opportunity becomes a sale the customer and sale information is automatically copied from the CRM into your accounts within KashFlow for invoicing.

Start Using KashFlow Online Accounts

KashFlow is an easy to use accounting programme designed especially for entrepreneurs and small/medium size businesses. It allows businesses to create and manage sales invoices and purchase receipts easily. No accounting knowledge is required and is accessible anywhere in the world via an online connection.

KashFlow are so proud about their software they offer a free 60 day trial to all users, no obligation to buy what so ever!

After the 60 day trial is over you will receive a £1 a month discount bringing the monthly subscription down to just £14.99. The normal price is £15.99 a month, that’s £12 a year saving! With a KashFlow Trial there is no obligation to pay what so ever and you are able to cancel at any time.

What more can you ask for, start using Kashflow Online Accounts today!

Capsule CRM add Mobile Support

Capsule CRMCapsule CRM have added Mobile support to their hugely successfully Cloud CRM Application.  If you already use Capsule CRM you can start using the Capsule CRM mobile application today.

Mobile Support with Capsule CRM

Capsule CRM Mobile supports the following mobile phones.

  • iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4
  • Android phones running Android 2.1+ such as Motorola Droid X, Motorola Droid 2, HTC Evo, Samsung Galaxy S
  • BlackBerry phones running BlackBerry OS 6 such as BlackBerry Bold and Torch

I am happily running Capsule CRM Mobile on my HTC Desire Z. It seems to work just fine, and the ability to call a contact by just clicking on the number is superb. If you have the customer address it will look up the location on Goggle Maps,another great edition.

How to Get Capsule CRM Mobile

Enter the the following URL into the browser on your phone to install Capsule Mobile:
https://[your-account].capsulecrm.com/m

Be sure to replace the [your-account] bit with the relevant part from your Capsule account URL. You’ll be prompted to enter your username and password and a pop-up message will ask your permission to allow additional storage space to be used on your phone. It may take several minutes for your contacts to be downloaded to your phone.

More about Capsule CRM

If you haven’t already tried Capsule CRM you can set up a trial in  just minutes. Just go to www.capsulecrm.com and sign up for a Free Trial. Unless you are a very small business its best to sign up for the Free 30 day Trial rather than the Free Account, as the 250 contacts in the Free account quickly disappear.

The Free Trial of the Professional edition supports unlimited users and 50,000 contacts, once your 30 day Free trial is up Capsule CRM costs just £8.00 a month per user

With Contact Manager, Accounts, Sales Pipeline, Opportunities and Task work-flows catered for Capsule is the ideal Small Business CRM.

Capsule CRM  has integration into several other cloud services, these include:

Capsule CRM allows you to integrate with Outlook other email services and also lets you put Web-to-Lead forms on your website, so you can capture sales opportunities direct into Capsule CRM.

We plan detailed articles about using Capsule CRM in future Posts. So do your business a favour and start using Cloud Based Sales automation with Capsule CRM today.