Year: 2012


trg Logistics

By Dave Haygarth   October 2, 2012  
Making the most of our FXRecruiter e-Recruitment system, trg Logistics' website features a jobs board, full content management system, email job alerts, social network integration, and personalised candidate portal. Mobile version of FXRecruiter helps the site gear up for the future of the internet.

Cookie Compliance and Implied Consent

By Dave Bancroft   September 4, 2012  
More sites are starting to add functionality in order to become compliant with the "Cookie Law" that is now in effect.  Early solutions that sought "Explicit Consent" (as per compliance with original ICO guidelines) are now being overtaken by "Implied Consent" solutions, due to an 11th hour change by the ICO in the guidelines, (download) . They say "Implied consent is certainly a valid form of consent but those who seek to rely on it should not see it as an easy way out or use the term as a euphemism for “doing would still be necessary to follow the steps set out in the Information Commissioner’s existing guidance. ...For implied consent to work there has to be some action taken by the consenting individual from which their consent can be inferred. This might for example be visiting a website, moving from one page to another or clicking on a particular button. The key point, however, is that when taking this action the individual has to have a reasonable understanding that by doing so they are agreeing to cookies being set." With this in mind, we now have developed an alternate to our "explicit consent" solutions, to cater for clients who want an "implied consent" solutions. Fingers crossed that the ICO don't have any more changes of interpretation in the pipeline.

Windows XP – still leading the way, globally

By Dave Bancroft   August 3, 2012  
Gloabally, stats for Internet users show that Windows XP, still leads the way on users PCs some 11 years after the OS was launched, primarily due to massive use still in territories like China and India. Windows 7 is very close behind and is expected to overtake in the near future. In the UK the position is much different with Windows 7 having the lions share of the market - 49.2 % with XP second on 18.1%.

20 Most Common Passwords (to avoid!)

By Dave Bancroft   July 18, 2012  
Figures from a survey by ZoneAlarm show that the 20 most common passwords we choose when set up accounts, with the most common being 123456 and 5 of the 20 being first names! The survey also showed up the the majority of people pick a 6 digit password and only a third of uses pick a password over 8 characters! For more information and all the statistics from this survey, see this graphic on the following link : better and more secure passwords.

Lost internet connections a reality for some 300,000 people

By Dave Haygarth   July 9, 2012  
Today, the FBI will shut down a number of Internet servers which may cause  300,000 people to lose their ability to connect to the internet. The servers in question are DNS servers which act like an address book for the internet, telling computers where to find the sites that users are looking for. These servers where being controlled by a criminal gang and misdirecting internet connections, netting the cyber-criminals money for doing so. This was achieved using "malware"(malicious programmes) downloaded by unsuspecting users, changing the internet settings to use the rogue DNS servers, rather than normal DNS servers. The rogue servers were seized by the FBI and altered to run 'correctly' so that people could have time to repair the damage to their PCs before the servers were dis-connected, as this malware is still on peoples machines, and still trying to use the Rogue servers.  The date for this disconnection is today. More details on the story and links for a tool to check if you are infected is here.            

New Client Support Portal lauched

By Dave Haygarth   June 29, 2012  
We are pleased to announce the we have launched our new Customer Support Portal at Registered users will be able to do the following direct from the Support PortalRaise & update support tickets Manage current and historic tickets Search our knowledge base & trouble-shooter Read news on products and services Manage password & contact details Receive ticket submission confirmations and ticket IDOne of the benefits of using our support portal to raise tickets, is that the system will search the knowledge base as the ticket details are typed to see if any of the information there will help solve the issue right away! If you have any more questions or want to get registered for the portal then please do email us at

Getting meaningful traffic from Local Results in Google

By Dave Haygarth   June 15, 2012  
A couple of clients have asked me lately what's the best strategy for getting local search traffic for terms like [service] and [location] ... i.e. "Painter in Watford" or "Recruiter in Manchester".  The simple answer is that there isn't a simple answer.  Of course.Early in 2011 Google introduced what it termed "Blended Place Search", which merged "organic" results with "Google Places" results. Remember that Google Places is a Directory and although Google tries to deliver relevance, you can make varying levels of effort to ensure that you are 'listed' in the Google Places directory Again, I hope I don't need to remind you that Google offers no 'silver bullet' to get good results.  Instead, you need to work on being the "best" service provider.  Sorry. I'm not going to piggy back on anyone else's great, original content any more - there is a rich background here on a blog bringing together loads of great resources on David Mihm's blog:  

The LinkedIn breach: Take action to limit any damage

By Dave Bancroft   June 7, 2012  
LinkedIn's recent security breach cased a bit stir, as these things tend to do.  It's a very popular networking site and in simple terms the sheer volume of personal data accessible is enough to cause alarm bells. Here's what you need to do if you haven't done so already and a few simple things to remember: Change your LinkedIn Password IMMEDIATELY Hover over your name in the top right of LinkedIn and a drop-down box will allow you to select "settings".LinkedIn will ask for your password. Enter your current password to confirm you're who you say you are (!!!) and then scroll down to the bottom. Select Account and under "Email & Password" select "Change password". Don’t try to make your password too memorable. It's tempting but eventually will come back to haunt you in the next hacking. Make each password unique and if you want to make it memorable then use a combination of punctuation marks letters and numbers that can really only be memorable to you. Do not use the same password on any site that you use on any other site If you have a hotmail account or Google Mail account that uses the same password as your (now hacked) LinkedIn one, guess where the hackers are going to try and login to next...!  Change that one too.

Employers asking candidates for Social Media passwords during recruitment process

By Dave Haygarth   May 22, 2012  
It seems that employers in the US are being rather invasive with regards to vetting candidates during recruitment and interview processes. We all know that prospective employers will potentially look at candidates facebook pages or twitter accounts to attempt to get a better insight to their prospective employees. However, recently stories indicate that there is now an increasing number of companies who actually want to have the passwords for candidate social media accounts so they can login and "have a look round" at information not normally available on public profiles. This is being done through direct questions on an application form or during the interview process, with some interviewers asking the candidates to login to their accounts there and then.  Other methods involve employers asking the candidates to "friend" a member of the the HR team so that they can see the information normally reserved for people considered as a friend. Is this invasion of privacy or legitimate screening of a candidate?  Probably both depending on the circumstances and position being applied for. One thing for sure is that people are bound to have very strong views on this topic and this debate will surely be another 'battle' over privacy on the internet. You can read the full story here.    

Cookie Law – Are you ready?

By Dave Bancroft   May 14, 2012  
On the 26th May 2012, legislation comes into effect that require companies with websites to ensure that user consent is obtained to store non "essential use" cookies on their PC. The onus falls upon the owners/operators of websites to ensure compliance and at the current estimate is expected to cost business in the UK £10bn to implement. Obviously, in this climate, this is a burden that most companies could well do without and like many in the industry, ever since we heard about the law we've been waiting for a clear and concise directives from the ICO (Information Commisioners Office) but even so close to the deadline, clarity is the one thing missing in all this. (More general information on this topic can be found at the ICO here - In general cookies will fall into two categories:essential - which are exempt (job / shopping baskets) non-essential - fall under these regulations (tracking & analytics cookies)With our FXRecruiter recruitment websites, we feel the vast majority of cookies used fall into the "essential use" category and thus would be exempt. However, there is one cookie that a huge number of sites use and will soon fall under the "non-essential" category, is the cookie used for Google Analytics (GA).  As this GA cookie is used on millions of websites, there is a major concern about this legislation and there are ongoing discussions about how this can be resolved without the cost to UK business, which up to now have yielded little help from the ICO. In fact in one of their earlier updates several months ago, they state that analytics cookies are well down on their list of priorities for action: "Although the Information Commissioner cannot completely exclude the possibility of formal action in any area, it is highly unlikely that priority for any formal action would be given to focusing on uses of cookies where there is a low level of intrusiveness and risk of harm to individuals.”So there, in a nutshell is the problem.  Google Cookies are "non-essential", thus consent must be gained before storing them on a users PC. But hey - if you don't then we are unlikely to fine you.  Confused ?  Join then masses. How do I become compliant? Firstly, as the onus of the regulation falls onto the site owner, we strongly urge you to review the regulations at the ICO site and  ensure that the requirements are met. If you are unsure about them, take appropriate legal advice. We can advise on technical issues only and are not legal advisers. We do have a solution for our FXRecruiter sites that we can discuss individually with our clients and depending on their legal advice.  For other bespoke sites then clients can approach us for advice. There are also other solutions out there on offer which a Google search should find and we can advise you on the best way to integrate with your site should you be advised to display an option to site users. Watch this space...

HTML5 and a reminder about how hard it used to be

By Dave Haygarth   May 8, 2012  
These days we get used to just downloading the latest browser and ensuring it updates automatically (I hope you are anyway..!) Although HTML5 is still technically under development (yes - still! - despite it being 15 years since the standardisation of HTML4!) it feels like it's starting to be very settles now at long last.  I'm now happily turning off Flash on many sites and allowing the web browser to just work the way it should. I hope you are. Great article for non geeks here on the BBC website - ironically its embed options are limited to Flash though !!