Many website developers are focusing too much on the cosmetics of a website, such as the look, speed and ease of access to the site. As a result, developers are not spending enough time writing secure codes and delivering a hard infrastructure, leaving websites and web applications vulnerable to attack.

A recent report noted that in the last three years, nearly 70 percent of the top 100 websites have either hosted malicious content or contained redirects to illegitimate websites.

In the past three years alone, many respected companies and their websites have been targeted by malware. Examples include Sony, RSA and several financial institutions, proving that even the most respected organizations can be compromised.

Thankfully, companies seem to have recognized the need to plug security gaps and the same report estimates that spending on web security will grow at a rate of eight percent between 2011 and 2015.

Businesses are urged to consider real-time analysis and inspection of their web content to ensure that users remain safe.

The use of Web 2.0 services, the need for social media access, and the introduction of an increasing number of new Internet-enabled mobile devices, means that the real-time elements of web protection must consider the requirements of both corporate and social use.

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When a business enters into a contract with a website design firm to create an online presence, the agreement should deal with intellectual property rights and address which party will own the web content.

Typically, copyright automatically favors the party that produced the content. Obviously, this can cause problems for business owners who want to, and should be, in control of their own website content.
However, the issue becomes more complicated when it comes to ownership rights of the underlying code that makes up the website.

When a website maintenance agreement is entered into as part of the contract, the underlying code can be subject to a separate escrow agreement. This protects both parties by allowing the code to be released to the business, only if the website design firm cannot meet the pre-determined maintenance obligations.

Usually, web design firms will use parts of the code in other projects in an effort to save time and money. For this reason, it is unlikely that a business will be able to gain exclusive rights to the code.

At the very least, a business should ensure, from the start, that the web design firm that it hires grants it the right to use the code. A business owner entering into a contract with a web development firm should also procure any warranties or indemnities that will protect against claims of copyright infringement by third parties, as they relate to the content or design.

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A recent online survey found that more than half of small business owners do not currently have a website for their business.

What is even more shocking is the fact that nearly forty percent of those business owners do not believe that they need a website. Yet, many of those surveyed, including the ones that do not have a website, admit that they like to research a product or service online before they spend money.

The survey also found that small business owners that took the plunge and created an online presence saw their sales jump by nearly 40%, which he argues is a testament to the need for small businesses to have a website.

Although most of the respondents did consider themselves to be experts in word processing, with the ability to mix text and graphics into word documents, most believe that they lack the necessary skill set to build their own website. On the other hand, many small business owners fear that it is too costly to hire a website development company to build a website for them.

Many of the small business owners who participated in the survey offered a laundry list of reasons why they do not have a website. Some of those reasons include time constraints, technical difficulties or creative challenges.

What they fail to recognize is that all of the excuses that they make are unfounded. The fact is that a branded website will add credibility and professionalism to a business and is the single most cost-effective marketing tool we have today.

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