Consumer reach of Skype + Enterprise richness of Lync = Enhanced communications experience around the world.
Skype and Lync users can now connect with each other using the Lync-Skype connectivity. Since Lync’s use is rife among a majority of enterprises for IM, voice, video and meetings, Skype users can leverage it to reach a very wide network of colleagues, partners and customers across organizations of all sizes. The initial set of features includes:
Adding Skype contacts to Lync and vice-versa, enabling presence sharing
Audio calling and instant messaging between Lync and Skype users
Management settings for Lync administrators
How can Skype users connect with their contacts on Lync? Two essential prerequisites for Skype users to connect with their contacts on Lync are:
The latest Skype client (You can get it from Skype.com)
A Microsoft account.
Microsoft currently supports connectivity by Windows and Mac desktop clients. The official blog post says that it plans to roll out more options in coming days.
Step 1: Use your Microsoft account to sign into Skype. Those who already have a SkypeID, or a Skype contact list that they’d like to merge can do so during sign-in. Those with multiple Skype accounts (professional and personal) need to sign in with the Microsoft account they use for work or personal use before connecting it to a SkypeID used for the same purpose.
Lync users need to add Skype contacts by typing their Skype users’ Microsoft account names into the Add Skype Contact window in Lync. Click the Add a Contact icon > Add a Contact Not in My Organization > Skype. Enter their Skype contact information and click OK.
Skype users can add Lync contacts by typing their email addresses into the search bar within Skype and clicking Add to Contacts.
Once the recipient accepts the contact request, you can IM or audio call them.
To start an audio call from Lync, make the same clicks as if the contact were a fellow Lync user.
The experience appears like a Lync call to the Lync user and a Skype call to the Skype user.
Indian e-commerce is growing at an incredibly frantic pace. There are tons of new e-commerce sites mushrooming in variety of verticals spanning electronics, books, gift items, vitamin supplements, foreign importers etc.
Unfortunately the awareness among Indian customers and e-commerce site owners regarding the risks of online scam, phishing and what not remains concerningly low.
SSL Security is one basic step that every e-commerce site must take at the very minimum. Doing so will at least ensure that transactions between an e-commerce site and its customers remain private. This is critically important in India, especially because a large portion of the population there uses shared internet (i.e. cyber cafes).
It has come to our attention that a very famous site known as SnapDeal.com which is essentially India’s Amazon, has not been using SSL properly at all. Just imagine one of the largest shopping sites in the entire country with over 1.2 billion customers transferring confidential details such as address, email, phone number, credit card, and online banking details in just plain text! To say that we were shocked would be a vast understatement. Just take a look at the screenshots to follow as proof :
Why is SnapDeal.com non-trusted with their security?
They don’t have “HTTPS” or a “SSL Certificate” installed on their website.
They use a text to gain trust of security, “100% secure shopping guarantee”. A website simply cannot be secured without any “HTTPS” or “SSL certificate” security installed, anything else is an indication of an online scam or fraud.
Even visitors know they should only enter credit card information on a secure page, something that can easily be identified by the LOCK Symbol located with the frame, status or address bar of a trusted browser. Just by gathering user credit card information on their unsecure payment processing pages, SnapDeal.com is putting their users’ private information at extreme risk. How could they say they are secure and don’t store credit card details without using ““HTTPS” or “SSL Certificate” security?
Finally, we confirm without a single doubt that Snapdeal.com, one of India’s largest e-commerce platforms, simply doesn’t care about user safety on the web. They have been displaying a logo of Trust Pay everywhere on their website, however, Trust Pay is not a Security Authority. It’s actually what is known as a Financial Conduct Authority which only deals with payment processing and has no responsibility whatsoever for web page security.
As you can see this is one giant disaster waiting to happen. Just imagine what could happen if a fraudulent site called “SnopDeal.com” pops up, perfectly imitating the website design and all their products in order to lure customers into a huge phishing SCAM!
In today’s world where sensitive information so routinely traverses what is known as the internet superhighway, SSL Certificates have become an increasingly crucial part of e-commerce. It is for that very reason that one should never hesitate to make the online business experience a much safer and secure one for users on the web with an SSL certificate.
Update: This write-up has been edited following SnapDeal’s official response, which goes as:
We totally understand the concern that a customer would have in making a purchase online. As we promise, we ensure secure shopping for all our customers. No financial data is gathered without a secure layer transaction. The iframe that gathers financial data is completely secure and is posted through a HTTPS url as you can notice in the screenshot here: http://bit.ly/Secureshopping
Also, please note that Trustpay has always been a promise to protect customers with 100% moneyback guarantee if there is an issue with product quality, size or delivery.
Once again, we would like to highlight that 100% secure shopping is being ensured through secure payment gateways implementing SSL for all financial transactions. Hope this clarifies your concern and we would be glad to answer any further queries you might have.
Update 2: Mr. Jim Armstrong, Founder and CEO, RapidSSLonline responds:
Snapdeal: Certainly, if you gather data through HTTPS iframe within a page served over HTTP, then it will not assure users that they are dealing with secure page. The following iframe can be hijacked or altered in a simple attack such as an iframe injection. And the following attacks can be implementing through a virus, a Trojan, visiting a malicious websites.
Continuing on it’s tradition of celebrating the presence of online professionals since 2008, GoDaddy is today celebrating Web Professionals’ Day. Recognizing the importance of a community which runs, develops, secures and repairs the entire online infrastructure in the light of rapid expansion of Internet, GoDaddy requested support for web professionals from internet users around the globe.
Web Professionals are diverse and provide a great skill set for any organization. Considering the key role the Web plays in businesses today, these professionals are proving their worth day in and day out.
–Bill Cullifer, Executive Director, World Organization of Webmasters.
“Web Professionals are diverse and provide a great skill set for any organization,” said Bill Cullifer, Executive Director, World Organization of Webmasters. “Considering the key role the Web plays in businesses today, these professionals are proving their worth day in and day out.”
In addition to maintaining websites, Web professionals oversee issues such as user availability, speed of access and ease-of-use. They collect and analyze data on Web activity, traffic patterns and other metrics, as well as monitor and respond to user feedback.
“From running a business to connecting with friends and family, our world is increasingly digital,” said Blake Irving, CEO, Go Daddy. “Web professionals, those men and women who build and manage the online world, are at the center of this revolution. They’re helping to change the world in pretty amazing ways–and ought to have (at least) one day dedicated in their honor.”
To participate in the celebration and show your support, you can post on Twitter about the same using the hashtag: #WebProDay. You can also subscribe to World Organization of Webmasters’ website here.
In the earlier two posts of this four part series on Legislation of Privacy, I talked about how many of the newer and upcoming laws regarding privacy in the United States will affect your Digital Life and Digital Commerce.
In this post, I’ll cover the two privacy laws that affect life in the workplace, from how you’re hired to what information is fair game for employers.
Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) isn’t new legislation. Passed in 2008, it prohibits the use of genetic information in health insurance and employment. That means that employers can’t making hiring, firing, job placement, or promotions decisions based on genetic information, nor can insurers raise premiums or deny coverage to those with a genetic predisposition for a disease. While GINA itself is just five years old, it may soon see some updates. A recent report from the U.S. Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical issues recommended that the law be expanded to include security measures whole-genome sequence data rather than just focusing on issues of discrimination. New regulations would likely update the consent forms individuals sign when they agree to take part in research studies, helping protect their genetic information and preventing misuse of this data. Additionally, under recommendations by the committee, GINA would be expanded to include comprehensive national rules on how genetic privacy is protected.
How It Will Affect You: Should the act be expanded, individuals will enjoy greater protection of their genetic data. Research studies must be more transparent about security risks and genetic data itself will see greater protection under law to ensure that fewer privacy breaches occur and that discrimination cannot occur. Currently, GINA does not protect individuals from discrimination when applying for life or long-term care policies. Greater protections on genetic data could make it possible for this information to be off limits to anyone outside the individual or his or her immediate family.
Timeline: The report from the commission was just released in February 2013, so it will likely be quite some time before amendments to the legislation, if they are decided as being warranted, are crafted. In lieu of amending GINA, legislators may opt to create new laws on genetic privacy. In these early stages, however, there are no guarantees and no new legislation may be passed for several years, if at all.
Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act PDF (Maximize for better readability)
Social Media Privacy Act: Increasingly, employers have turned to social media as a way to learn more about potential employees. However, this has also meant that in some cases privacy boundaries were crossed, with potential employers requiring applicants to turn over passwords to social media accounts. To help job seekers protect their online privacy, California,Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, and New Jersey have all passed social media privacy laws. What’s more, 11 other states (including New Mexico and Texas) have legislation of this nature pending.
How It Will Affect You: The legislation will only affect you if you live in a state that has passed an Internet privacy law, though over time it’s likely that most, if not all, states will follow suit. These acts make it illegal for employers to require applicants or current employees to hand over passwords to private accounts, which will help protect your personal accounts and private interactions when seeking employment. Some laws, like those of Delaware and New Jersey, focus on colleges and not employers, banning admissions officers and college employees from requiring password information.
Timeline: All states that have passed legislation with regard to the privacy of social media passwords have gone into effect, some as recently as January. Over the course of 2013, it’s likely that many other states will pass and begin enforcing similar laws, though there are no guarantees: in some states, like Pennsylvania, similar measures never even made it out of committee.
Linux-based cPanel hosting solutions provider for social media and video sharing websites PacificHost has added Railgun to its shared and reseller hosting services for free. Earlier this year, PacificHost included CPremote backups for it’s customers. Railgun provides 143% improvement in HTML load times by working in conjunction with the CloudFlare CDN to cache both static and dynamic content.
An official press release cited that since CloudFlare is inefficient in caching Dynamic Content, PacificHost has decided to add Railgun; which efficiently compresses dynamic content and serving it in conjunction with the static HTML files. This leads to reduced latency by enabling visitosr to retrieve all the content from the nearest CloudFlare datacenter.
A large majority of our customers run social media and video based websites, and this will not only help to deliver faster page times, but help make our customer’s websites more secure with their integrated security and analytics programs.
– Thomas Perry, President, PacificHost
Railgun also increases the website security and speeds up the dynamic content. Cloudflare recently released V 3.3.3 of Railgun to offer hosting customers One-Click Dynamic Caching. added the ClodFlare CDN to its hosting products way back in 2011;
“CloudFlare has been a great addition to our hosting service, and when CloudFlare chose us to join their exclusive partner program for Railgun, we were ecstatic,” said Thomas Perry, President and Founder, PacificHost. “A large majority of our customers run social media and video based websites, and this will not only help to deliver faster page times, but help make our customer’s websites more secure with their integrated security and analytics programs ,” he added.
Customers of PacificHost can activate Railgun by logging into their cPanel account, and clicking on the “CloudFlare” icon. For more information , please visit cloudflare.com/railgun.
In addition, PacificHost is also tuning its server configurations for new shared and reseller servers beginning in early May to increase speed and server capacity for it’s expanding video hosting market. The new server configurations will include 32GB of DDR3 RAM, 2 Gigabit Ethernet cards, 12TB of space across Enterprise Sata drives, running on Hardware Raid 10.
Google is retiring Google Reader as a part of the overall pruning of its services. The doors of one of the most sought after services by Google will be closing on 1st July 2013, eight years after its birth. A company official cites the declining usage of the service and increasing popularity of Twitter as the major reasons for its planned retirement.
For the uninitiated, Google Reader amasses feeds in RSS (or rich site summary) which is a format that creates stream from dynamic web content and provides people with the comfort and luxury of discovering the content and websites of interest and keep a tab over them. Many news aggregating services like Twitter are not as useful, as argued by many.
It’s evident that the “social” aspects like Google+, Facebook etc. are being pushed upon the online users more and more. That’s fine if I want to leisurely scroll through tons and tons of random posts by friends but I’d definitely turn to Reader when I want only the meat and potatoes. I believe that the reasons for Google Reader’s death in nutshell are Facebook & Twitter. They are getting bigger and in order, to compete with the blue mammoths, Google is pushing its Google+ very hard and on pretty much anyone & everyone who is using its other services like Youtube, Gmail and even Google Reader. Certainly, we can have the similar feeds in Google+ but I guess it won’t be going down well with all those geeks who need raw material, and not the fluff that comes with it. World’s techies have already made their outrage evident by trending #SaveReader since yesterday on Google+ and coming up with online petitions urging Google to reconsider the decision.
One of the most dreadful questions that pop up is what next? Consider using Flipboard, if you are one of those who have been using Google Reader quite on and off or not that often to be precise. Lean-back reading is what you can do best with this app and it does what it does exceptionally well. And for the ones who are passionate about Google Reader’s features, ‘Feedly’ has definite plans to launch a clone of Google Reader in near future.
I’d like to leave you with this hilarious video made by one of the loyal users of Google Reader who is visibly angry about the recent development. Don’t let the tongue-in-cheek tone distract you from how bang-on the video brings home the point that why Google Reader is irreplaceable when it comes to ease of use it brought into navigating content on the web.