Friday, November 9, 2007

Online Shopping

By the time you reach the checkout screen during your online shopping spree, you may want to take a moment to log in to your credit card company's website. Several companies have started providing a service that gives you a temporary online credit card number to use, which is connected to your credit card account, that only permits the card number to be used once. This will reduce the chances of online fraud as anyone that has your temporary credit card number cannot use it again for any further unauthorized purchase.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

In case you are looking for a new domain name, you may want to think twice about using something with the word 'eBay' in there. Based on a recent court decision in the Ninth Circuit -$file/0556794.pdf?openelement - depending on the facts, you may be sought out by eBay to give up the domain, which could disrupt your business. It may be best to add a '-' in between your word that ends in 'e' and the word 'bay', just to avoid some confusion. Although that may not protect you 100%, it may make a better argument.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Hosting v. Design

When deciding to develop your website, remember to make a distinction between web hosting and web design. Although web hosting providers will provide you with tools and templates to develop your site, it does not provide you with a professional designer that will create your site for you. Whereas a web designer will take your ideas and develop a working site for you and/or your customers. As your site becomes more complex, a web designer may be more beneficial than just being provided with templates from a web hosting provider.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Domain Admin

When deciding what contact information to use for your domain name, you should consider using a generic title, such as Domain Administrator, in addition to your company name, address, phone, and e-mail that may be managed by your domain administrator. Using a generic title will be beneficial for at least two reasons: 1) In the event your domain administrator changes, you will not have to worry about changing the contact information and 2) You avoid any confusion on who is the owner of the domain name as your company name is the only 'name' listed; rather than your company name and the actual name of the domain administrator.