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Congratulations to Missionimpossible.ie!

We’re delighted here at Hosting Ireland that our customer Missionpossible .ie was a Winner for the IEDR Optimise 2014 programme…

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IEDR Optimise – Angela Butler – IEDR, Winner – Missionpossible.ie – Tara Dalrymple, Hosting Ireland – Will Harrison

Have an online business that needs some development? Why not apply for the 2015 IEDR Optimise fund and you too could be a winner!
The 2015 Optimise programme will be open for applications from 2nd March 2015.
We’ll have more details on how to apply shortly…

See below full press release from the IEDR…

IEDR calls on SMEs to apply for 2015 OPTIMISE programme launched by Minister for Communications, Alex White, T.D.

– Offline businesses eligible to apply this year – 60 SMEs benefit to date –

Monday, 26th January 2015. The IE Domain Registry (IEDR), the managed registry for Ireland’s official Internet address .ie, today announced that its OPTIMISE e-Commerce Website Development programme will help a further 15 small firms to improve their e-commerce capabilities in 2015. Calling on Irish SMEs to apply, IEDR has opened the OPTIMISE programme for the first time to applications from small businesses operating entirely offline, i.e. without a web presence. The announcement was made at a ceremony addressed by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Alex White T.D. who presented graduation certificates to last year’s OPTIMISE winners.
Now in its fifth year, IEDR’S OPTIMISE programme has already provided 60 SME and micro-business owners with consultation, training and e-commerce development support, including tailored e-tools and features, to “optimise” their existing online presence and grow their business via the Internet.
Research1 shows that thousands of Irish small businesses still remain offline. Their absence from the Internet means that they are missing out on a share of the €6 billion spent online by Irish consumers annually, over 60% of which goes to businesses abroad2.
IEDR believes that its model of working shoulder-to-shoulder with business owners and service providers through a dedicated programme such as OPTIMISE addresses the issue more effectively than merely cheerleading from the side-lines. IEDR hopes that its decision to also support small firms with no online presence will give at least some of those businesses the training, tools and knowledge to embrace online channels and technologies as viable routes to their customers and markets – and as a pathway to sustainable business growth.
Speaking at the event, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Alex White, T.D., said: “Our return to economic growth, renewed consumer confidence, and the extra money – albeit modest – that is now finding its way into people’s pay packets all provide opportunities for Irish business. The growth rate of the digital part of the economy is about 20% each year. That’s why the Statement of Government Priorities put an emphasis on the digital economy, because it has huge potential to help sustain and accelerate the recovery in jobs and incomes that is now underway.

The Government is taking action to significantly increase the number of companies trading online, and to increase the share of online retail spend that goes to Irish businesses. Last year my Department launched a national Trading Online Voucher Scheme. The scheme is an initiative under the Government’s National Digital Strategy and is included in the Action Plan for Jobs. Working in partnership with Enterprise Ireland and the Local Enterprise Office network, the Scheme aims to get 2,000 small businesses trading online by the end of this year.
Schemes such as OPTIMISE and the Trading Online Voucher Scheme play a critical role in stimulating those businesses who need to be online but who need a little support to take a crucial step. I want to acknowledge the IEDR for recognising this and for continuing to fund and grow the OPTIMISE Fund.”
Congratulating the small businesses who completed IEDR’S 2014 OPTIMISE programme, Mr. David Curtin, Chief Executive of the IE Domain Registry, said: “IEDR is proud to have helped 60 small firms to embrace e-commerce and find their niche online. Now in its fifth year, OPTIMISE is evolving too and we are excited to extend our support to offline businesses for the first time. I’d strongly encourage SMEs to take a leap of faith, apply for a place and let IEDR help them to realise their online potential this year.
OPTIMISE is about identifying the right tools and technologies for each applicant and instilling the confidence and know-how to help small business owners take their company forward online. We understand that there are often time, resource and knowledge gaps for SMEs when it comes to e-commerce and OPTIMISE seeks to fill those gaps with practical support, development and training for the small business owner.
With online shopping entering the mainstream for Irish consumers there’s never been a better time for small firms to be e-commerce ready. It’s something that Irish companies have remained worryingly slow to do, yet the 2014 OPTIMISE winners have strong results to show from taking small steps towards long-term improvements in their e-commerce capability. I congratulate them and look forward to seeing their businesses flourish online.”
The application process for IEDR’s 2015 OPTIMISE Fund will start on 2nd March 2015. For more information please visit www.iedr.ie/optimise or follow @IEDR_dot_ie on Twitter for updates.
OPTIMISE 2014 winners who received certificates of completion include family run businesses, emerging and established companies from the jewellery, travel and tourism, retail, charity and service sectors (full details below).
2014 OPTIMISE Winners
2014 OPTIMISE Winner Details
Make-a-Wish Foundation
www.makeawish.ie
Charity organisation who grant wishes to children between the ages of 3 and 17, who are battling life threatening medical conditions throughout Ireland.
Kilkenny Tourist Hostel
www.kilkennyhostel.ie
Hostel providing budget accommodation for up to sixty guests in the centre of Kilkenny.
Love Achill
www.loveachill.ie
Achill Island based company providing tourist and surfing related services while also producing bespoke gift products for wholesale and retail customers.
JF Sports
www.jfsports.ie
Retail sports shop specialising in running and football related products based in Carlow.
Sex Siopa
www.sexsiopa.ie
An online adult retailer for safe, health focussed and well produced accessories.
Dublin Taxi Transfers
www.dublintaxitransfers.ie
An online booking agency which allows customers to book a taxi from Dublin Airport to destinations all around Ireland,
JW Weldon
www.weldons.ie
A fourth generation family jewellery business specialising in diamond engagement rings, antique jewellery and Irish silver.
Party Mad
www.partymad.ie
Family run online business retailing fancy dress costumes, party supplies, and balloons throughout Ireland.
Backstage Theatre
www.backstage.ie
Purpose built theatre located just outside Longford town which comprises a 212 seat auditorium and gallery and performance space.
Donegal Shop
www.donegalshop.ie
Dublin based family business retailing Irish crafts, knitwear, wool and tweeds from Donegal and other parts of the country.
Mission Possible
www.missionpossible.ie
A Galway based SAAS cloud reward and recognition platform which enables companies to reward their staff by getting personal tasks completed for them whilst they are working.
Stonechat Jewellers
www.stonechat.ie
A contemporary jewellery store specialising in hand-made Irish designs created in their in-store workshop and by selected designers.
House of Ireland
www.houseofireland.ie
A retail business specialising in the sale of Irish clothing, jewellery, china, linen and crafts.
Extreme Ireland
www.extremeireland.ie
Tour provider offering daily tours of Ireland’s major attractions along with adventure tours and climbing and mountain skills courses.
Office.ie
www.office.ie
Dublin based provider of office supplies and services to the business sector throughout Ireland.

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This is good news if you think you might be considering doing business in Europe in the future, and you want to protect your name or brand outside of Ireland.


All you have to do is search for your new .ie domain name in our search box and when you’ve found the one you want select your .eu domain too by ticking the box in the search results page. When you get to the shopping cart enter the promo code ‘EUPROMO2014′ and you won’t be charged for your .eu domain name for the first year. You can also search for your .eu domain first and then add your .ie domain name.


 


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Waterford Chamber Business Expo… 9th September 2014


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Hosting Ireland will be attending the first ‘Waterford Chamber Business Expo’ to be held on Tuesday 9th September 2014. The event organised by Waterford Chamber will include exhibitors from 800 of it’s members and is open to all businesses and the public.

We will be demonstrating our Website Builder and showing how you can build your very own cool website in a matter of minutes…Plus we’ll be on hand to discuss any hosting requirements you may have.

The event will take place at 5pm, at the Tower Hotel, Waterford.

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.IE Domain Registrations 2014…

.IE is still the domain to have in Ireland…

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Nice to see how the market is developing…

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and how Ireland compares with our neighbours…

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And the ‘Winners’ of €150,000 2014 OPTIMISE Fund are…..

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Make-a-Wish Foundation
www.makeawish.ie
Charity organisation who grant wishes to children between the ages of 3 and 17, who are battling life threatening medical conditions throughout Ireland.

Kilkenny Tourist Hostel
www.kilkennyhostel.ie
Hostel providing budget accommodation for up to sixty guests in the centre of Kilkenny.

Love Achill
www.loveachill.ie
Achill Island based company providing tourist and surfing related services while also producing bespoke gift products for wholesale and retail customers.

JF Sports
www.jfsports.ie
Retail sports shop specialising in running and football related products based in Carlow.

Sex Siopa
www.sexsiopa.ie
An online adult retailer focussed in safe, health focussed and well produced accessories.

Dublin Taxi Transfers
www.dublintaxitransfers.ie
An online booking agency which allows customers to book a taxi from Dublin Airport to destinations all around Ireland,

JW Weldon
www.weldons.ie
A fourth generation family jewellery business specialising in diamond engagement rings, antique jewellery and Irish silver.

Party Mad
www.partymad.ie Family run online business retailing fancy dress costumes, party supplies, and balloons throughout Ireland.

Backstage Theatre
www.backstage.ie
Purpose built theatre located just outside Longford town which comprises a 212 seat auditorium and gallery and performance space.

Donegal Shop
www.dongealshop.ie
Dublin based family business retailing Irish crafts, knitwear, wool and tweeds from Donegal and other parts of the country.

Mission Possible
www.missionpossible.ie
A Galway based SAAS cloud reward and recognition platform which enables companies to reward their staff by getting personal tasks completed for them whilst they are working.

Stonechat Jewellers
www.stonechat.ie
A contemporary jewellery store specialising in hand-made Irish designs created in their in-store workshop and by selected designers.

House of Ireland
www.houseofireland.ie
A retail business specialising in the sale of Irish clothing, jewellery, china, linen and crafts.

Extreme Ireland
www.extremeireland.ie
Tour provider offering daily tours of Ireland’s major attractions along with adventure tours and climbing and mountain skills courses.

Office.ie
www.office.ie
Dublin based provider of office supplies and services to the business sector throughout Ireland.

Congratulating from Hosting Ireland to all winners…

We’re Proud To Sponsor The Net Visionary Awards…

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The Annual IIA Dot ie Net Visionary Awards, now in their 16th year are a mainstay of the internet business calendar and we at Hosting Ireland are proud to sponsor the event. The Annual IIA Net Visionary Awards will be on Friday September 26th -the anchor Awards of Awards Season 2014 – at Smock Alley Banquet Hall.

Hosting Ireland is sponsoring the Best “All About Online” B2C eCommerce Retailer category.
The award recognises the retailer who is selling purely online. That’s right, no building with a shop window and a name over the door… just a website proving that it’s possible to sell online to anywhere at any time. The winning retailer will be selling online in Ireland and overseas. Their SEO will be second to none so that if they are selling it you can find it – in seconds. They will have a flock of fans and followers on Facebook and Twitter. They will have a website of exceptional customer experience and service that is irresistible to its customers.

Social Engagement – Primary Reason for Irish Adults to go Online Daily…Press Release

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We received this release from the ISPAI (Internet Service Providers Association Ireland) of which we are a member…

A recent ISPAI Hotline.ie Nationwide Public Survey shows that Irish adults’ predominant online daily behaviour
revolves around online conversations: eMail usage (88%), followed by social networks related activities (63%) and
news browsing (54%).
Aside from online daily activities, the top 3 uses on a weekly basis are: product search (44%), Internet banking
(42%) and educational research (30%). If we zoom out more, top 3 online monthly activities are: online shopping
(67%), eLearning (40%) and Internet banking related (36%).
Broadly these results seem to show that Irish love to talk a lot about things with each other and using the news as
conversation generators – but this traditional trait is increasingly moving online. We now use the handiness of the
Internet to research what we are thinking about buying but actually buy online more sparingly. It also looks like
we check to see how the bank balance is holding up weekly and at the end of the month!
Frivolities aside, whether daily, weekly or monthly activities, these have one thing in common: our Personal Data.
Whereas we all realise that banking PINs and transactions are personal data and we’re pretty careful not to
disclose that information, users are often oblivious to the personal data they are potentially sharing when they
sign up to many other services.
Paul Durrant CEO of ISPAI and Manager of Hotline.ie says, “there is no such thing as “small” pieces of personal
information as “small” pieces can be pieced together to build a much bigger picture. Each one of us should bear in
mind that on the Internet “Private” is often still Public.”
Throughout 2013, ISPAI Hotline.ie registered an increase in reports related to Financial Scams – 47 cases
compared 15 cases in 2012. “One might think that’s a tiny amount, but do bear in mind that Hotline.ie service’s
remit is primarily to deal with illegal content online. That is, Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) and content that
incites hatred (e.g. racist hate-speech). However, to help safeguard our members’ customers we accept reports of
fraudulent online content with a clear Irish connection. These aren’t the “ordinary” Internet scams like your email
has been drawn in the some International Lottery promotion or the African bank that has finally tracked you down
to inherit 35 million dollars left by a mysterious distant relative; but emails or websites that purport to represent
well know Irish institutions or companies.” said Durrant.
30 out of the 47 cases, assessed by Hotline.ie in 2013, were variations of the police “Ransom-Ware” Trojan which
locks your computer and displays a message purporting to be from An Garda Síochána, ordering that a “fine” be
paid for viewing illicit content like CSAM, and when received the computer will be unlocked. Not one person that
paid the “fine” managed to retrieve his/her money – and unfortunately there were a good many caught out.
14 cases were various notices purporting to originate from Irish Service Providers, Banks or State Institutions such
as: Revenue (Tax Refund Online), eircom, Vodafone, Bank of Ireland, but are “phishing” for Personal Data which
criminals gather to build up your personal / financial identity which, when complete, they can then use.
Only 3 cases were actually related to online shopping such as fake websites of well-known high street shops in
Ireland. “We suspect that the numbers are much higher in reality but there is a tendency not to report these if
money is recovered from the Bank – but that doesn’t help others, please report them as we want to take these
fake websites down.” added Durrant.
A study conducted by iReach Market Research in April 2014 showed that 65% of Irish adults are concerned about
giving their Personal Data online. ISPAI Hotline.ie has compiled the following list of tips to help Internet Users of
all ages protect their Personal Data:
 When receiving unexpected eMails or phone calls from Service Providers requesting to perform any
activity involving Personal Data always verify the identity of the sender / caller before following the
instructions.
 Ensure that any website requiring Confidential/Personal Information is using a secure connection.
Always look for https and a pad-lock in the address bar of the browser window. Also, pay attention to
error messages that the browser gives when it says a site cannot be trusted.
 Always read or at least glance over Terms & Conditions and Disclaimers before engaging or providing
Personal Information.
 Install and update anti-virus software to restrict unauthorized access to data and protect that data
from corruption. Ensure that security features, including a firewall are turned on, set to automatic scan
and updated regularly to protect against the latest threats.
 Establish a separate eMail account that can be used to sign up to websites and social networks.
 Don’t put Personal Information on the Internet or on any Social Networking site.
 If you find any Personal Information posted on the Internet without your consent demand that it be
removed by the owner of the site.
 Always ensure that all the information is completely erased from old devices (PCs, laptops, phones
etc.) before disposing of them.
 Never write down secret pins or passwords. Change passwords on a regular basis.
 Monitor your bank account / credit card statements regularly and immediately query any
inconsistency with your Bank.
 Do not give Personal Information over the phone, Internet or by mail, unless you are the one who
made contact and you know for sure that you are dealing with the right entity.
Last but not least we would like to encourage all Internet Users to report suspected illegal content encountered
on the Internet, by using www.hotline.ie Service.
Editorial Notes
ISPAI – Internet Service Providers Association of Ireland is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee of its
members. Since November 1999, ISPAI runs the Hotline.ie Service under agreement with the Department of Justice
and Equality, An Garda Síochána and oversight from the Office for Internet Safety. Further information available on
www.ispai.ie
Hotline.ie Service is part-funded by ISPAI and currently under receipt of grant support from the European
Commission, through the Safer Internet Programme (2009-2013). Hotline.ie Service (www.hotline.ie) provides a
confidential online platform whereby the Irish public may anonymously report suspected illegal material, especially
child pornography, encountered on the Internet. If Hotline.ie assesses the material to be probably illegal under Irish
law, the location of the illegal material is then traced. If found to be hosted or distributed from Ireland, An Garda
Síochána and the relevant ISPAI member are notified, so the material can be removed from public Internet access and
law enforcement investigation may be initiated. Further information available on http://www.hotline.ie/
Nationwide Survey conducted by iReach Market Research on behalf of ISPAI Hotline.ie – the Study conducted in
Spring 2014 was part of iReach Consumer Omnibus Survey. Sample Size=1,000 respondents. Demographics: Gender –
53% female & 47% male, Age: 18+
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