In order to continue providing high quality services and guaranteeing the satisfaction of our customers, as well as drawing up innovative solutions, we wish to introduce to you our new communications system – a system free of charge to our customers – the getsix® customer extranet eservice.
What is getsix® Customer Extranet?
This integrated communications system is based on an access to business resources and their exchange between customers and our office. Through the individual accounts which we create, you will have round-the-clock access (24/7) to your data, as well as information and messages, updated systematically by our staff.
This new function enables long-term exchange of information between us and our customers, as well as complete control of your data. Thanks to the extranet, the entire process of communication between you and our office will become considerably more effective and cohesive.
Data transfer takes place via secure SSL connection, which is also typical for operations such as electronic banking. This type of connection may be recognis ed by a colour change of the status bar in the web browser on your computer.
Advantages of Extranet Communication
Thanks to the extranet, you will save time and money! Instead of using several different applications for communication or exchange of data, this may be undertaken working with a single website – the getsix® Customer Extranet site.
You will find there reports which we have sent to you electronically in PDF format, organised chronologically, meaning that all of the information may be seen at once. Your data benefit from many protections and are assigned for your use only.
If you will have no access to emails while on a business trip, you are still able to receive accounting or payroll information, for example from any computer with Internet access. Of course, getsix® Customer Extranet also operates on modern tablets and other devices, such as the iPad or iPhone.
When the address ‘https://extranet.getsixapps.com/’ is entered into a browser, the login screen appears (see Figure 1). Here you should provide your login and password. Once getsix® Customer Extranet has been initiated, you will receive an user name and password from the IT-Desk which should be entered the first time you log in. It is possible to change this password at any time.
A note on data security
The getsix® Customer Extranet website is protected by Extended Validation (EV) SSL, the highest standard of website authentication. EV SSL means that our organisation has undergone a strict process for authentication of enterprise identity.
Why does the Web Browser Address Bar change colour to green?
In particularly secure web browsers the address bar changes colour to green following connection with the EV SSL certificate (see Fig. 2). In addition, it also displays ‘https://’ and the name of the business – ‘getsix®‘ – as the website owner, as well as ‘VeriSign’, the certifying institution which has checked the identity of the owner in a strict authentication process.
SSL & VERISIGN
What does (EV) SSL mean?
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates are a standard method used on the Internet to help ensure secure communication between user and website. This technology provides a twofold guarantee: it authenticates website identity and encrypts the communication between the two.
Extended Validation (EV) SSL certificates represent the highest standard of authentication. This standard has been approved by the CA/Browser Forum, a group of leading SSL Certificate Authorities (CAs) and web browser creators. The standard requires that each website protected by EV SSL has undergone a proven process to check the identity of the organisation responsible for the website by very strict means. In the course of the validation process the CA must ascertain that the applicant is the owner of the domain and that the person approving is employed by the applicant and authorised to obtain the Extended Validation SSL certificate.
For 97 of the 100 largest banks in the world utilizing SSL certificates, and for 93% of Fortune enterprises, VeriSign is a first-choice organisation in the sphere of website protection (this relates to branches and daughter companies of VeriSign also). The VeriSign Trust™ brand enjoys the confidence of major banks and commercial enterprises, and makes it possible to trust each and every website which it certifies.
When you log in with your username and password, the welcome screen appears (see Fig. 3).
On the left-hand side of the welcome screen is the navigation menu, by means of which it is possible to move to particular content at the portal. For example, the menu entry ‘getsix® Downloads’ leads to a list of files for download (see Fig. 4), within which it is possible to find such useful material as the leaflets and forms which we make available to our customers. Via the menu entry ‘getsix® Help & Support’ you will be able to find further helpful information and tips relating to the operation of our Customer Extranet.
Other menu entries include:
‘getsix® News’: Here we post important information and announcements, prepared specially for our customers (see also Fig. 5).
‘User Settings’: In this location you are able to change your password and e-mail address.
In addition, there is a link to the extranet help section of our IT-Desk department, to which you may turn at any time with questions relating to extranet use.
In the central part of the welcome screen (Fig. 3) is a link leading directly to the customer area of the portal. Contained within the link is a customer number and business name. If we provide the service to several of your enterprises, a separate link is visible for each.
For administrative and legal reasons the portal is constructed such that all of the information posted in the customer area for each of your enterprises is managed separately.
Clicking on the appropriate link opens the customer area of the portal (Fig. 5).
In the customer area the logo of your business appears on the right-hand side of the screen. All announcements directed to you will be found there.
The central part of the screen in the customer area holds the News section, which is where we post all important information and announcements for our customers.
On the left-hand side is the navigation menu, which allows rapid access to information you may require.