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Security of the Microsoft IIS 7.5 SMTP Server...

by SK Dutta 17. December 2010 15:11

This week our IIS SMTP (Internet Information Server, Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) server was compromised and spammers were able to get control of it and started sending spams from all over the world. When the server started running low we found that there are around 100,000 spam mails in the SMTP queue (and similar numbers in the Bad Mail folder). Some of our customers did not get some of their mail delivered. We have since corrected the problem. Some of our customers are using SMTP in IIS to send their emails via OfficeClip Installed Version. I will relate some precautions to be taken in such a situation.

  • Always enable the SMTP log in the IIS
  • Create an alarm if the SMTP log is becoming too big, too fast
  • Set the SMTP port to some higher port number instead of 25
  • Make sure that you put the correct IP addresses of the machines in the SMTP Relay settings
  • If the SMTP server gets compromised, check all the blacklists and work with your SMTP to get removed from the list.

OfficeClip Release 8.2.5

by SK Dutta 7. December 2010 16:43

 

Thank you for your patience and feedback, we are now in 8.2.5. Here is the summary:

  • Enhancements on Invoices
  • Use Microsoft Word® to create and send campaigns
  • Tags are more visible and useful
  • Ability to move or hide contact fields

Enhancements on Invoices

In this release we have made the Invoice application more useful and stable. Following are some of the many enhancements we made to this application:

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Use Tags to loosely organize Contacts in OfficeClip

by vasantha 19. November 2010 14:32

TagsTo organize contacts, accounts, opportunities etc. in OfficeClip Contact Manager you can use user-defined fields. This can be used when you are setting a single property to a field, say, you want to specify that an Account has a yearly Contract. However, it is not easy to represent something whenever there is a one to many relationship exists. for example, say we want to say that an Account is a reseller and a partner, whereas another account is an end user and a reseller. 

Tags can help in this situation as it allows you to put as many tags you need for any entity you like. For example, in OfficeClip Contact Manager, you can create a tag called Customer Type, and set three values under it.

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Send Invoices to your Customers using OfficeClip

by SK Dutta 27. October 2010 13:16

OfficeClip now has a new application for invoicing customers. There is no need to export or synchronize your accounting system information with OfficeClip. You can directly invoice customers from within OfficeClip.

This feature will be useful for our service oriented users who does their Contact Management, Account Management or Web Timesheet using OfficeClip. It is available as an add-on to OfficeClip Web TimeSheet and Contact Management module.

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Share Project information with your customer

by SK Dutta 5. October 2010 21:10

OfficeClip Extranet allows you to share your project information with your customers and service providers. For example, suppose you want to share timesheet summary with your customer so that they can, at any time, see how much time is spent on various tasks. You will need to follow the steps below:

  1. Create a Timesheet Report that you want to share and save the report
  2. Create an Extranet customer login
  3. Create a Share for the report that you creted and give access only to your customer
  4. Send the automatically generated email to the customer

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Issue Tracker: How to Capture Customer Cases via Email

by Admin 19. June 2010 14:53

Web Issue Tracker allows you to publish an email address so that your customers and prospects can report issues to the tracker via email. The following features are available:

  • Email Attachments are converted to documents in the issue tracker and linked with the issue.
  • The subject line of the email is imported to the Title of the issue of the body of the email is imported to the description of the issue.
  • Defaults can be set for the issues created from the email.
  • The scan rate of the POP account can be controlled.

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Tip: Customize your Header and Footer

by vasantha 28. April 2010 20:49

We have made the customization of the Login screen and footer easier. You can now use the HTML editor to insert any arbitrary html (for example your website header) in OfficeClip. In order to do this, login as site administrator and go to Manage Site Information, there you will see options for managing site header and site login.

Using the Login Screen Setup the following features can be customized:

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Duplicate Management in the Contact Manager

by vasantha 5. April 2010 11:21

Starting with release 8.2.3, we have implemented a duplicate management system to weed out duplicate contacts present in the OfficeClip Contact Manager. Currently there are two places where duplicates are managed:

  1. OfficeClip administrators are able to detect existing duplicate contacts and merge or remove them.
  2. While importing contacts, duplicates can be ignored at input.

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Changes in Release 8.2.3

by SK Dutta 21. March 2010 14:02

We have introduced major changes to this new OfficeClip release. We thank everyone who has given us feedback on the features implemented in this release. Following are the highlights:

  • Implementation of Tags and Tag Groups
  • OfficeClip for Blackberry & Droid
  • Changes to the Free Edition
  • Minor enhancements and fixes

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How to create a public knowledge base using OfficeClip

by vasantha 2. March 2010 15:21

Have you wondered how you can create a knowledge base using the Web Issue Tracker in OfficeClip? Creating a knowledge base can save you valuable support time by allowing your customers to handle simpler issues themselves without repeatedly answering the same questions. Using the OfficeClip Bug and Issue Tracker you can create a new binder for the knowledge base and then make the binder available to your users at your website.
 
One of the advantages of creating a knowledge base using OfficeClip is that you can make both a public as well as secured knowledge base. The public knowledge base can be kept on your website for anyone to browse. The secured knowledge base can be provided to your customers and partners so that they can use it from a password protected area.

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Share OfficeClip with your Customers without creating an account

by Admin 15. February 2010 15:18

You may want to share a document with your partner or a timesheet report with your customer but without giving them the OfficeClip login. 
 
OfficeClip Extranet can be used in two modes:

Public Sharing
 
Public Sharing allows you to share information by giving your customers a link. They can then click on the link and get the information. This is useful when you want to share many documents or show a calendar on your website. If, for example, you want to share a document with a partner, you can select the document and the extranet application will then give you a link to be sent to your customer, which when clicked will show the document to your partner.
 
 

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How to do effective Micro Outsourcing

by vasantha 1. February 2010 19:20

Outsourcing Globally

Being a small business and getting help for website creation , software development, graphics design,    or copywriting from experienced professionals is sometimes a challenge. Most small- business owners do not have the  time and energy to go through the often long process of interviewing professionals to find the "right fit" for temporary contract work. A  customer of ours called me the other day and asked if we knew anyone who could integrate his website with a Dotnet Nuke portal . I convinced him to look online for qualified professionals to do this work. 
 
The market for qualified online professionals is crowded, but it is easy to find someone . Most of the time, third-world professionals are as qualified as any professional you can hire locally, but you can often use many online services to find a local person if you prefer. We in OfficeClip use online professional help from time to time to complete customized work our clients require. Here are some tips that small-business owners can follow to use the online professional market efficiently.

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Strategies for Managing Remote Offices Efficiently

by SK Dutta 25. January 2010 14:58

Managing data in a remote office is often complex and challenging. Some tasks can be completed independently, but others require consolidation. Potential issues include the following:

  • How are your employees billing their time?
  • How are projects being implemented?
  • Are problems communicated effectively between branch offices?
  • Are internal issues and customer issues tracked efficiently?
  • Are resources having special knowledge being used effectively by various organizations?
  • Are these organizations securing all data?
  • Are processes that can be tracked centrally (e.g., contacting leads via phone) be done more efficiently?

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OfficeClip on the iPhone and iPod Touch

by SK Dutta 20. January 2010 15:02

OfficeClip is now available on iPhone™ and iPod Touch®. It is available as a web application with a look and feel designed to be compatible with the UI style of the iPhone, and the following applications of OfficeClip now work on the iPhone:

  • Calendar - Allows creation of meeting and group events. Recurring events are not supported.
  • Contact Manager - Allows creation and management of contacts. Creation of new filters and reports are not supported.
  • Account Manager - Allows creation and management of accounts. New filters and reports are not supported.
  • Opportunities - Allows creation and management of opportunities. New filters and reports are not supported.
  • Campaigns - View and edit campaign details. Designing new campaigns or sending campaign emails is not supported.
  • Timesheets - Allows creation of new timesheets, as well as editing, submitting, and approving timesheets. Reports are not supported.
  • Expenses - Allows creation of new expenses, and editing, submitting, and approving expenses. Reports are not supported.
  • Task Manager - Create, edit, and manage tasks.
  • Notes - Allows creation of personal and organization notes.
  • Issue Tracker - Ability to create new issues, and assign and manage issues.

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How a small business became more efficient using OfficeClip

by vasantha 14. January 2010 12:55

Steve Pavent of Optimum Payments is a small-business owner who offers payment solutions to many other small businesses. Before using OfficeClip, the head office manually processed all business applications. Steve had the following requirements:

  1. Each agent should be able to view and edit their assigned contacts and leads, because agents are geographically dispersed and earn commissions from their sales. They have to work on the contacts they acquire and manage.
  2. The corporate office needs to look at all newly acquired leads and allocate them to various sales agents for further action.
  3. Each agent's work hours, as well as the amount of work, need to be captured.
  4. To maintain contact for better conversion and upselling, newsletters and periodic emails should be sent to all contacts and customers.
  5. All documents associated with contacts and customers need to be connected within the system.
  6. Careful records should be kept of all notes, events, and issues associated with any contacts.
  7. Business forms should be sent directly to all prospects.

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Small Business - Buy the Best of the Breed or Unified Solution?

by vasantha 31. December 2009 12:07

UNified Solution

As a small business, you can run your business more efficiently using many products that are delivered today via SaaS (Software as a service) or locally installed. For example, you may need to:

  1. Manage your prospects, accounts opportunities and campaigns
  2. Create and send regular campaigns for your prospects and customers
  3. Manage customer support incidents and issues
  4. Track Time worked on various projects
  5. Track how your employees are spending time
  6. Track employee and company expenses
  7. Track internal issues
  8. Share documents with your offsite employees and customers
  9. Invoice customers
  10. Share calendar events and meetings with customers, prospects etc.

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Run your own Small Business OfficeClip Server

by vasantha 22. December 2009 15:53

Many OfficeClip users have DSL or Cable Internet access in their Office. Although OfficeClip provides SaaS (Software as a Service) as a hosted solution, many small business users choose to install OfficeClip at their own server for various reasons. This article shows that it is not very hard to implement this in your own small office.

One way to do this is using a VPN connection when accessing the OfficeClip server from outside your company. Many Wi-Fi router today supports this mode. However, VPN is difficult to setup for average users.

Another easy way is to open port 80 (http port) on your router and direct all incoming request to your OfficeClip Server. Follow these steps:

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Additional layer of security for web-based applications in OfficeClip

by vasantha 14. December 2009 12:20

Security of Web Application

We get a lot of questions about security for many of our applications. This blog attempts to organize all the security features in one place and explains various levels of security.

  • Security between Organizations
  • Privileges using Roles
  • Access Control at various levels

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Two inexpensive ways to do Backup, File Replication and Synchronization

by SK Dutta 8. December 2009 11:32

Backup Disk

If you do a Google search on Backup, File Replication or Synchronization software you will see hundreds and thousands of hits. I want to share with you two tools we have been using effectively for sometime that a small business can use for little or no cost.

  • SyncBack - Allows you to sync your files from your computer to an ftp site. This is essentially a nice ftp backup utility with lots of options.
  • DeltaCopy - It can synchronize large files very quickly by sending differences between the files in small compressed chunks.

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Web-Based Productivity Tools for Accountants

by vasantha 4. December 2009 07:44

Keeping track of clients, appointments, old tax returns and receipts is sometimes difficult to manage in a conventional way. Different applications in OfficeClip provide a way for Accountants to be more productive. This avoids having to maintain bunch of spreadsheets and carry out manual merging.

In this article we show some ways how OfficeClip products can be used by Accountants and Financial Professionals to make various tasks more efficient.

 

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