There are a few e-mails arriving in my in-box today, claiming to be from the ANZ bank. Beware of e-mails like this, which may look authentic, but actually link to a bogus website.
Banks are very unlikely to send you an e-mail requesting you to follow a link to their website. Always type the correct address into your browser, and bookmark this for future use. For example, for the ANZ Bank use: www.anz.com
Update: 31 March 2006
Harvard and Berkeley have released a study that shows why phishing attacks work (pdf 850Kb)
The report says "In our study, the best phishing (web)site was able to fool more than 90% of participants."
So, to repeat our advice: always type the address into your browser, don't click on a link in an e-mail.
A recent addition to this site is the ability to change the text size, using the links under the "Text size" heading on the right of the page. Of course you can change your browser settings to achieve the same thing:
In Firefox and Internet Explorer:
View -> Text Size
Note: Firefox also has the option of using shortcut keys: Control + to increase, Control - to decrease.
Firefox users will also notice that the width of this website's pages increases or decreases to match the text size - a minor advantage, but yet another reason to switch to Firefox.
Are you wondering why many websites have little orange buttons that are labelled XML or RSS?
RSS is "Rich Site Summary" or "Really Simple Syndication" and using RSS you can save time when keeping up to date with information on the web. Instead of browsing your favourite websites, you can use newsreader software to automatically receive newsfeeds (headlines) from these sites as soon as the feed is updated. The newsreader presents new articles or news posts in a list, giving a line or two of each article and a link to the full article or post. Most RSS subscriptions are free.
The BBC has a good explanation of RSS for their site
News Reader software for Windows:
We're pleased to launch a completely overhauled site. We hope you enjoy it!
Extra features for clients
OK Computer clients can login to the site on the home page or at www.okcomputer.co.nz/user. By logging in, clients will have access to their personal information and specific information that is not available to the public. They can even reply to their invitation to our Christmas party.
Building a community
Anyone can subscribe/unsubscribe to our e-mail newsletter, Eureka, which is packed full with useful news, tips and advice.
You can easily add your comments to this site, where ever you see the "add comment" link. If you have any suggestions, opinions, praise or criticism to contribute, please submit a comment - we're looking forward to hearing from you.
Firefox and Safari are becoming more popular
Some web developers create sites that only work properly on Microsoft Internet Explorer. This browser used to have over 95% market share. Nowadays, Firefox, Safari and other standards compliant browsers have made significant inroads into the browser market. Web developers that create sites that don't work in a range of browsers will probably annoy a significant percentage of viewers.
Read more on the BBC website:
"Firefox is proving popular because, at the moment, it has far fewer security holes than Internet Explorer and has some innovations lacking in Microsoft's program."
How does this site perform?
Of course, we've designed (and tested) this site for a range of browsers, including:
On Windows, PC:
The web is growing faster now, than it did at the height of the dot com boom and small businesses are taking advantage of the power of the web.
The web has entered a more mature phase where people expect a reasonable return on their investment in a website.
See this BBC News article
"A website is now seen as indispensable for small businesses".