Privacy issues are grabbing more and more headlines these
days. Consumers are concerned about where the information
they provide in the course of transacting e-commerce or surfing
the web will end up. Dot.com's are threatening to sell their
customer information to settle their dot.bomb bankruptcy claims.
Even the staid old utilities, who have been collecting data
on our habits for decades, have become sensitive to these
issues and are sending flyers on their privacy position(s)
with our monthly bills. What has any of this got to do with
you are sharing information with other users, not much. However,
if you are part of a synchronization program, you should be
aware of ACT!'s ability to keep information private and have
it remain securely in your database. It is my philosophy that
we should manage all of our daily activities from one program
interface and to work from just one database. While our activities
with prospects and customers should become part of the company
knowledge base (so it may better serve them), activities outside
of our selling efforts need not.
contact record in your ACT! database can be "Public"
or "Private." To change this setting look up the
desired contact record and click the tab labeled "Status".
Next click into the data field "Public/Private".
Choose your preference, and then either look up another contact
record or simply resume your ACT! activities.
can be made "Public" or "Private" by accessing
the groups view, highlighting the group in question, and clicking
the status tab at the bottom right. Select "Public"
or "Private" from the menu in the data field, and
then either choose another group or resume your ACT! activities.
activity (call, to do, or meeting) may also be made private.
When scheduling an activity, in the "Schedule Activity"
dialog box, click on the "Advanced Options" tab
and check the box labeled "Private Activity".