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Starting E-Business

Lesson Summary

Privacy, Security, and Legal Issues

Spam: Unsolicited e-mail messages.
Viruses: Programs that are designed to multiply and harm other programs on your computer.
Phishing: An e-mail message is sent that looks like it comes from an official source but links in the message go to a phony site where you may be asked to disclose personal information.

A firewall separates one part of a network from another.

A service level agreement identifies how quickly the service provider will respond to security problems and the types and level of follow-up support.

Privacy, Security, and Legal Issues

A security policy details how personal information and critical business information will be protected.

Intellectual Property is an area of law that protects ideas.

Copyright: The right to make a copy.
Trademarks: Names or marks that are associated with a product or service.
Domain Names: Reader friendly representation of a collection of Internet Protocol (IP) addresses.

Your business is subject to the laws of any jurisdiction in which you seek to sell your products or services.

Service Providers

Internet Service Providers connect your computer to the internet.

Website developers/designers design the look and organization of the website, program the website, format and organize the content and program any special functions that you may want in your website.

Web hosts provide your website with a place on the internet.

Application service providers provide online access to software applications for free.

Cloud Computing: Computer software or hardware services delivered over the internet and shared among users.

Creating a Web Presence

Informational Website: Provides information about your business, products and services, location and business hours, and technical information.

Interactive Website: A website with interactive features such as a “Contact Us” section that allows users to send e-mails to the company.

Transactional Website: A website that allows customers or suppliers to place orders and make payments online.

Integrated Website: Integrating web systems and transaction processes with other systems such as accounting, inventory, sales, etc.

Creating a Web Presence

The 5 main steps to creating a web presence:

Selecting and registering your domain name
Developing the website
Hosting the website
Marketing your website
Maintaining your website

A domain name identifies your website on the internet.

A web host houses, services and maintains files for websites.


Creating a Web Presence

A Content Management System (CMS) is a software program that allows non-technical users to create, edit, update and maintain a website using built-in templates.

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