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PayPal Security changes September 2016

March 25, 2016 // Posted in General, Main, Tips and Tricks (Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ) |  No Comments

Important PayPal changes you need to be aware of if you are using PayPal on your site:

 

PayPal are updating their Merchant security in September 2016, and it means that when sending transaction data to an IPN etc it will only communicate with secure connections (https://).

This means that you will need to update any scripts that currently use a non-encrypted connection such as IPN’s and will need to install an SSL on your server, if you do not already have one.

You need to also check that your php server supports HTTP1.1 and OpenSSL1.0.1 or higher:

You can check this using phpinfo:

I hope you find this useful,

regards

Steve

Do you need an on-line booking and managment system for a hotel?

January 2, 2014 // Posted in General, Main (Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ) |  No Comments

Are you looking for an online booking system for a hotel?

 

Then why not take a look at Hotel-iBooker for WebPlus. This is not just a template, it is a complete hotel management system built in a single web plus document.

The latest versions use PHP and MySQL and there is now a new PLUS+ version too.

Here are just some of the features:

  • Unlimited Number of Rooms
  • Unlimited Room Types
  • Unlimited Seasons
  • NEW!  Automatic Single Occupancy Surcharges/Discounts
  • NEW!  Add Unlimited number of Date and Time Stamped Notes to orders.
  • NEW! Improved database performance.
  • NEW! Ultimate easy set-up – Just a few clicks and you are ready to go in just 5 minutes.
  • NEW! Select auto rounding Up/Down/None on seasonal factor calculations.
  • NEW! Enhanced graphical room view.
  • NEW! Improved PayPal interface and gateway.
  • NEW! Easy quick one click switching from PayPal Sandbox to Live Status.
  • NEW! New ‘Q’ Status for PayPal Pending and Incomplete transactions.
  • NEW! Locally raised orders now have option to email payment link to customer when paid order automatically updated to book and paid status.
  • NEW! New Management Functions:
  1. Optimise Database.
  2. Back Up Database.
  3. Download Back Up.
  4. Delete Backup File.
  5. Delete All ‘Q’ Status records.
  6. Change Database Settings.
  7. And more….
  • NEW!  Enhanced room blocking.
  • Auto Room Pricing: Set Factors for each Season to automatically change room prices. eg: If during Easter your Room Prices are 20% higher than Normal Season, enter a factor of 1.20 for Easter Season and Room Prices are automatically changed in room charge calculations.
  • Auto Discounts: Set Discounts based on number of Nights Booked. Eg: book for 2 to 4 nights get 5% discount, 5-8 get 10% etc. Discount automatically applied to qualifying bookings.
  • Auto Validation: When customer selects room type, date and nights, the system checks for availability and either validates the booking or says that no room available.
  • Room Disabling: Rooms can be disabled from booking online individually or by type. This means that if a room is out of service it cannot be booked, or the hotelier can reserve specific rooms for booking locally only and make them not available online.
  • Cross season bookings, are automatically calculated on relevant rates. eg: Customer books dates that mean that 2 nights fall in the normal season and 2 nights in the Easter season, the system charges two nights at normal rate and 2 at Easter Rate, and it applies the relevant multiple night discount percentage to the total cost if applicable.
  • Auto Email Confirmation: An email is sent immediately to the Hotel Owner, or other email and to the Customer to confirm booking and payment.
  • Auto PayPal Submission: The system automatically creates the necessary code for the customised PayPal Gateway and automatically generates the return URL’s for successful and unsuccessful payments.
  • Owner pages allow full administration online and can also be used for booking and managing rooms locally and are fully protected. If not logged in successfully the sub-menus in the navigation element are disabled and if a page is manually accessed no data can be displayed and a warning note replaces the usual data.
  • Many system parameters can be set in the Maintenance area avoiding the need to edit the code directly.
  • Pages can be customised to blend in with the Hotel site scheme.
  • Maintenance area includes deletion of un-needed records, table statistics and validation of set up data.
  • Unlimited number of local user accounts.
  • Graphical view of Room Status which is interactive with the Orders Page.
  • Owner can move bookings from date to date, change number of nights, and move booking to another room  amongst other changes. New room costs are automatically calculated and old booking details removed.
  • Rooms can be blocked from booking for selected dates whilst room is renovated etc.
  • Installation of Customer Booking into current Hotel Web Site takes less than 5 minutes.
  • Setting up the room details etc takes less than 20 minutes (if room details and season info etc.is readily available)
  • PHP and MySQL enabled server compatible (PHP 5.0 or later and MySQL 5.0 or later recommended).
  • FREE Support  & FREE Help with Set Up
  • Customisation available (may incur extra cost depending on the customisation complexity)
  • Can be installed using  http: or https: SSL to improve security and user confidence

And in the PLUS+ version:

  • Enhanced GUI.
  • Add additional charges to rooms such as Room Service, Telephone, Restaurant Bill, Newspapers etc.
  • Tag full customer address to order.
  • NEW RePOS, Hotel Reception screen to manage rooms, payments etc locally, includes:
  1.  Select Room
  2. Add Extra Charges
  3. Add Payments
  4. New Booking
  5. Change Booking
  6. Create Invoice
  7. Add Notes
  8. Add/Edit Address
  9. Cash Up
  10. Daily Room Status
  11. View Room Summary charges/payments
  12. And more…
  • New status code ‘Z’ used when room booking is complete, fully paid and vacated.
  • Cash Up allows you to select a Date (or range of dates) and the summary of the total payments received that period in each payment type is created so that cash, cheques etc can be reconciled.
  • Daily Room status provides a summary of all rooms that are active during that day and their current status, you could use this in conjunction with the ‘Z’ status to identify  which rooms are vacated and ready for cleaning etc.
  • The enhanced order summaries views have the option to go to the RePOS page and work with the selected room on the Orders Views.
  • Enhancements have been made to several original pages and views.

Fully hosted and WPP versions available.

More information and details here: Hotel-iBooker PHP

How to remember many Strong Passwords

May 24, 2013 // Posted in Computer Tips (Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ) |  No Comments

We all use the Internet more and more, and now regularly visit many sites that require a password.

Strong Passwords are Good

Strong Passwords are Good

 

But how do you remember so many different passwords as it is best to set a different password for each site?
You can do this effectively by:

 

 

  1. Write just part of your password down, or store in a file, or on your mobile phone. But what if someone steals my phone or computer or finds my paper? That is OK, because you are only writing down part of your password, and they will not know what site it refers to, as we will see in a moment.
  2. Create STRONG passwords with letters, numbers and non-alphanumeric characters, and keep them as long as possible. Mix upper and lower case characters. This way they cannot be guessed. Never use your date of birth, or house number/post code or name in your password, as people can get these off the Internet in places like Facebook etc.
  3. Now you need to create your passwords:
  • Think of a PIN that you will always remember, 3 ,4 or 5 characters long, something like  3478# or 8#7 or 23&4.
  • For each web site you need a password for create a code that helps you remember what site it is for e.g.,  FBk for facebook, RSoF for RichoSoft, TWit for Twitter etc.Next add some random characters  e.g., 4556, or zc98@.  Use different random characters for each password.

    These you write down, save in a file or store in your phone. Anyone finding these would not know what they refer to, and the password is not complete anyway, so would not work.

You now have passwords that look like this:

FBk298745+C
RSoFhgTf89%F
TWitBV65W_u

 

  • Next we use your PIN. Decide whether your PIN will be at the beginning or end of your password, and when using the passwords add  your PIN, to this position. So if we had a pin 3478#  our passwords above  would become:
FBk298745+C3478#
RSoFhgTf89%F3478#
TWitBV65W_u3478#
OR
3478#FBk298745+C
3478#RSoFhgTf89%F
3478#TWitBV65W_u
  • These full passwords are the ones to use on the sites, and now we have STRONG passwords that cannot possibly be guessed, and you only need to remember the PIN Part and whether it is at the front or back. The rest is written down or saved  so you do not forget it. By having a different password for each site, if someone does actually find out one of your passwords the others are totally safe.

Keeping your Computer Secure

May 24, 2013 // Posted in Computer Tips (Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ) |  No Comments

Nowadays more and more people are using their computers for all kinds of communication, Internet, Social Networks, Banking, Shopping, Chatting and live video and phone calls.  But the more we do, the more risk becomes from hackers, and attackers.

Whilst some of these are simply trying to inconvenience you by maliciously infecting your PC, others are trying to get your personal information and to access your bank accounts. These are doing what is called ‘phishing’.

Computer Security

Computer Security

So what can you do to minimise the risk?

Install a complete Internet  Online Security Package, one that contains a firewall, anti-virus, anti-fishing, anti-spam and ID protection, such as McAfee Internet Security Suite. It’s a good idea to get one that also checks web pages as you go them for suspicious activity. Make sure you have automatic updates switched on to keep the virus patterns etc. Up to date.

Always make backups of your important files, pictures and documents on DVD or external hard drive, and store it safely away from your PC.

Make sure you are running genuine Windows Software (If this is your OS), and switch on automatic updates to keep your PC up to date with the latest security patches.

Check your Browser’s settings, and select the maximum level of security.

Do NOT open email attachments without checking them for viruses, and if they are not from someone you trust, delete them!

Do NOT follow any links in emails asking you to reset, reconfirm or update you bank account details. Banks do not send this kind of email, so it is surely phishing, delete them!

Create a Boot and recovery disk for your PC, in case it becomes infected viruses and will no longer start up, some Security Software will create this for you automatically.

Turn off your computer and/or disconnect from your network, when it is not in use.

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