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What to do if you become a victim of online fraud

Routine online shopping and banking transactions should not pose any problems for people using the Internet, however the World Wide Web has vast scope for criminality, and fraudsters have been quick to exploit the opportunities it provides.

Here are some of the risks:

  • Emails purporting to be from banks, credit card companies or other financial institutions such as PayPal, that direct you to fake websites where they try to extract essential security information from you, (known as Phishing)
    ADVICE: Never follow links in emails. Instead go to the official site and login as usual.
  • Emails, that contain attachments that carry a virus or Trojan payload.
    ADVICE: If you don’t know the sender, never open an attachment.
  • Websites that download tracking cookies, adware, Malware or viruses directly onto your computer.
    ADVICE: Install antivirus software that will check all sites you visit.
  • Transactions with strangers via Ebay that turn out to be fraudulent.
    ADVICE: Never, ever send money via Western Union or other transfer service. Never allow a buyer to pay more for an item than expected, and never send them the ‘change’, as their original payment will always bounce.

Always install good Anti virus, firewalls and anti-phishing software on your computers and activate email-scanning too.

If you think you have been de-frauded online, report it to your local police station. Essex police has a fraud department that will liaise on your behalf with the appropriate authorities and internet companies to try and bring the criminals to justice. This includes foreign forces and Interpol.

Ebay and PayPal also have their own dispute resolution services and offer some protection to their users.

 

 

Peter Caulfield, Uttlesford Crime Reduction Advisor & Architectural Liaison Officer
Essex police, East Street, Saffron Walden, CB10 1LX 01376 556233
General Non-Emergency Number – 0300 333 4444 and ask for the person or department you require.

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Toucan Internet at the Dentists

Nobody likes going to the dentist; or do they. Toucan Internet LLP seems to have found favour with progressive dentists looking for success online.

Welcome to Smile and Wellbeing

Welcome to Smile and Wellbeing

Smile & Wellbeing in Bishop’s Stortford was Toucan’s first success when charged with getting the site favoured by Google with top search terms “Dentist in Herts” and “Dentist in Bishops Stortford”. Entrepreneurial dentist Dr Bhavin Bhatt said “We had a lovely site that projected our practice well, but until we handed control of the website to Toucan, nobody was visiting. Since Toucan optimised the site we have a steady stream of visitors and new clients, primarily from these search terms. We are pleased with the results and as such have referred Toucan to other colleagues looking for good web partners”.

See www.smileandwellbeing.co.uk

 
 
 
Hook Lane Dental Practice logo developed by Toucan Internet

Hook Lane Dental Practice logo developed by Toucan Internet

One such referral was Dr Kieron Khoorbhoor of Hook Lane Dental in Welling, Kent. This was a new practice and Toucan was pleased to get involved at an early stage and provide creative designs for the practice logo, business stationery, referral forms, and of course a rather unique website including a video of the practice.

See www.hooklanedental.co.uk

 

 

 

Northwood Orthodontics PracticeAnd just last week Dr Saba Qureshi’s Northwood Orthodontics website was launched. This site was designed to be in line with industry norms and project a friendly approachable practice that both parents and adults would feel comfortable using. The site is heavily optimised ready for search engine marketing and the domain name of www.orthodontics-london.co.uk hides no secret that we’re after some serious Google referrers.

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Be Web Wise – as published in NBA Passport Sept 2009

nba_article-imageSimon Thomas, from Toucan Internet LLP, talks us through
his experiences.

Most businesses want to hang onto their cash and investigate what gives them the best bang for their buck; something we should all be doing all of the time, but brought into focus as the recession squeezes our cash.

Nothing could emphasis this more when we see the upturn in investment by bus­inesses that have analys­ed their ROI’s and have woken up to the fact that the Net is in many cases the quick­est, cheapest and most effective route to market and has been either ignored or played with without serious intent in the past. Many clients have re­align­­ed budgets, giving sig­nif­­­ic­ant­ly less or no spend for space advertis­ing and sales people in favour of online marketing.

For example it is possible to build an administrative system that will run all the courses for a national swim school for £5,000. David Cartwright, MD of the Cartwrights Swim School said “It was a big leap of faith for us to move from trad­itional paper based systems. We knew it would be the quickest way to communi­cate with the hundreds of clients we have on courses all around the country and would also be the automated administrat­ive centre.”

It’s a fairly simple job to identify from where best business rewards will come when reviewing a business m.o. and their current marketing. Don’t subscribe to the philosophy that if it’s simple it doesn’t work.

Pat Fox, MD of Aralia Garden Design, noted: “Over a couple of weeks this summer, our site gen­erat­­ed three orders totalling £63,000.”  

Article published in Passport the Newport Business Association monthly business publication

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For details of the Newport Business Association – www.newportbusinessassociation.co.uk

The full September issue of Passport is available in PDF format here >>>.

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Chartered Surveyors & Architects celebrate 30 years in business

Having achieved 30 years of successful business, both locally and nationally, Wilby & Burnett decided to review and update the company branding. Foremost in the minds of the partners was how to formulate an updated public image whilst remaining true to their existing and very successful branding. This new image was used in everything that meets and greets their clients including evolving the company logo, redesigning the stationery and of course establishing the practice website.

Having chosen Toucan Internet LLP to undertake the project, the logo and stationery design was the first stage. Once concluded the website design was addressed and, in a few “stepping stone” design concepts, a design was conceived that was true to the established branding. This projected the business as a professional, multi-disciplinary practice covering key areas of project management, architecture and surveying.

The website’s prime objective is to be a prestigious reference point to any possible client considering using the services of the practice. Partner Terry Wilby said “We’re very pleased with the published website. It projects well the professionalism of the business with key examples using Flash image sequences whilst showing us as an approachable business with whom most would like to work.”

www.wilbyburnett.co.uk

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A new website for a changed market place.

This year many of our customers have had great results from their websites as we’ve worked their sites harder for better returns against the back drop of shrinking markets.

For companies looking at innovative marketing methods we have also designed and produced many thousands of CD business cards.

We’ve been so focussed on our customers’ successes that we’ve neglected our own marketing.

Correcting this, we’ve completely reworked our main website to share with you some of the effective new ideas that we’ve adopted this year for giving our clients the edge online over their competition.

Please see http://www.toucanweb.co.uk.

It is more apparent than ever that businesses are turning more to their websites to affordably generate the lion’s share of sales opportunities over past, more traditional methods – a well optimised and managed site does give a strong return on investment.

We’ve also seen customers automate sections of their business by having us write web server based routines to manage work previously done by office personnel, thereby freeing staff for more profitable use of their time.

We are more than just a web design company to our clients – we are a cost effective extension to their business.

When visiting our website at www.toucanweb.co.uk you’ll also have the chance to receive
“Tips and Tricks for online success” for FREE and a chance to win an iPod.

If you have an idea for an online facility and want to sound us out, please call me as we’re always interested in new challenges.

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Mercedes S Class added to Chauffeur Fleet

 

Flying Hire S Class Mercedes Service

Flying Hire S Class Mercedes Service

Flying Hire is a long established, no compromise chauffeur service providing executive travel services for local business around Stansted, London and serving all London’s Airports.

As clients of Toucan Internet for over ten years, we are pleased to recommend Flying Hire for any travel requirements, but especially for business when there is the need for absolute reliability and a quality of service that cannot be bettered.

Owner of Flying Hire, Chris New, says “We offer a top quality service at a more than fair market price which is why we have thrived as a business over the last ten years.” He goes on to say “we’ve worked with Toucan as our online marketing partner as they share our ethos for quality of service and have consistently delivered us great search engine results that keep channeling customers to us”.

To find out more about Flying Hire and how to book the new S Class star of the fleet, please visit their website or email Chris.

Flying Hire Contact Information:

Web: http://www.stansted-airport-taxis.com
Tel: +44 (0) 7968 026 032
Email: customerservice@stansted-airport-taxis.com

 

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Macmillan Cancer Supported

dsc_1544_150pxShona is Toucan Internet’s lead database developer and has decided (or been roped into) running the Edinburgh Marathon this year on 31st May to help raise money for the extremely worthwhile charity of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Shona says Macmillan Cancer Support have done an unsurpassable job of helping some close family and friends who have been touched by cancer over the last couple of years. The Macmillan charity does a fantastic job helping thousands of cancer sufferers and their families every day by providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support when it’s needed most. ”

So if any of you fancy sponsoring Shona to help spur her on then please do, “I need all the help I can get!” she says.

The link to sponsor Shona online is below and any pennies you can spare is much appreciated:

http://www.justgiving.com/shonawright

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Safe as Houses with Absentia

visit Absentia's new websiteWhen Moira Hampton JP of Absentia was looking to enhance the business’ website she asked their local IT support company Systematic Business Solutions. Systematic use Toucan Internet LLP for all their website related projects and were swift to recommend Toucan again for Absentia’s website.

Once engaged on the project, Toucan Internet started the website creative design, optimisation and site development to Moira’s brief. As Absentia’s services are geared to providing House and Pet sitting services to clients in the UK and aboard, the site had to emphasise the diligence and honesty of the sitters that their clients expect when putting their pets and property in the care of ‘strangers’. As Moira Hampton, Managing Director of Absentia says “Our aim is for our sitters to be people you can trust, people who you would like to sit for you again in the future. Our sitters are selected for their integrity, competence and reliability.”

Given this background the site had to project this level of professionalism and be of interest to this diverse but select audience whilst maintaining the clear branding that was already in place.

This was achieved and “we are delighted with the finished website and the random selection of quotes and images on every page makes for an interesting visit every time. Well done Toucan”.

For more information on Absentia and their house and pet sitting services please visit www.home-and-pets.co.uk.

For more details about Systematic Business Solutions please visit www.sysuk.co.uk

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Five tips for more cost effective Google AdWords advertising

Google Adwords Optimisation

Google Adwords Optimisation

A simple but powerful message from Google that is of use to all Toucan Internet’s clients running their own Adwords Campaigns.

Today, more than ever, it’s hugely important to ensure that your company’s money is well spent.
With this in mind, we at Google have put together a short video outlining 5 tips on very simple things you can do to help ensure that your AdWords advertising is cost effective and successful in attracting users to your website.”

Google May 2009

 

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Key Steps in the Preparation of a Commercially Successful Website

Simon Thomas 7th May 2009 BNI Stansted

Simon Thomas of Toucan Internet LLP delivered a ten minute talk to Stansted BNI on the key stages involved in the development of a commercially successful website.

By popular request the MS PowerPoint “slides” are made available for those that may want these for reference.

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If you are at the point where your business needs a commercially successful website, either by creating one from your current cobweb or by creating one anew, just contact Simon for a chat.

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