Sage withdraws web software after security scare

Sage, the UK’s biggest accounting software supplier, has withdrawn an early
version its web software product after less than a month due to security

Although Sage Live was only launched earlier this month Sage said it withdrew
the product earlier this week while it addressed security problems with the

Sage Live is the company’s first move into Internet-based — also known as
cloud computing — which is tipped as the future of business software.

Clive Gray, head of Sage Live said: ‘Security is an absolute priority for us
but as with any Beta [version of a product], we do realise that there are still
some issues that we need to address and our Sage Live teams are continuing to
deal with these in order to improve the experience for our customers.’

‘We’re passionate about getting this right for customers so while we
investigate the issue we’ve decided to take the website down as a precaution.’

Meanwhile Kashflow, the online accounting software company, said it has hit a
record number of monthly subscribers reflecting the growing popularity of cloud
computing especially among small businesses.

As the economic downturn deepens cloud computing is growing in popularily,
particularly for smaller companies who are attracted to the payment terms of the
new services — typically a monthly fee rather than a annual licence fee.

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