If You Steal It, They May Come!

Business on the internet is getting down right shameless. This week, my email box was literally filled with hype, overly inflated promises, phish mail, scams, ezines I did not order, and about 14 viagra gimmicks. This makes you wonder what your going to get if you click in the wrong place. What's worse is you may get the same thing several times from different people.

Did you know that there is software on the internet that can find duplicates of your personal work? If you didn't, then believe me, eventually you will own it. Plagiarism is becoming quite popular on the internet these days. You would think that people have used up all the original ideals.

Every once in a while I'll stumble onto a site that I've seen before. The names are changed and the scenery may have changed a little. What is bad is some of the sites don't even do a good job at covering up the fact that they copied another persons work.

At the bottom of most web sites you may see copy right information. This is becoming quite popular. However, it only slows people down. It doesn't appear to stop them. That should not be your only worry.

It was once stated to me that if it's on the web, it's yours for the taking. This is the most ridiculous statement I've ever heard. The simple fact that someone can copy and paste doesn't make it right. Another problem is people steeling from you. That may be a hard word but it's the truth.

Have you seen affiliate sites before? Most all the affiliates have a unique "url" that is suppose to identify them as being the one whom gets the commission. The problem is, most people that has any experience what so ever can change the "url" and steel your commission.

It doesn't stop there. Ebooks used to have value. Well some do. I've actually witnessed several ebooks selling on Ebay for 99 cents that have copy rights. Is it illegal for me to buy them? I would say not. I did not break the law. Should I turn in the seller? I have done this before.

You may be wondering if everything on the internet is a scam. I assure you that there are legitimate companies out there in cyberspace that have the my up most respect. I have also wondered if Bill Gates was behind some of these viruses. You know you are running a great risk if you don't buy software to take care of these.

Well, lets evaluate. If you want to start a business, the first thing you should do is forget about the word "FREE". Just to get online, you'll definitely need virus detector software. You'll also need some kind of spy ware killing software. Let's not stop there. If you plan on stopping people from stealing from you, you'll need that software that will catch plagiarizers. You'll also want to spend the money to copy right your stuff. Just putting the words on the bottom of a page doesn't mean it's copy right does it?

If you plan on trading links, you want to get some software that will do a check to see if the your link partner didn't sucker you. It does the partner a bit more justice to have links to him and not away from him.

It doesn't stop there though. You still need your site "Secure". If you don't know what that is, chances are, you'll eventually figure out why some people are not doing business with you. I witnessed some site telling you that you are on a secure site, but when you look at the "http" there is a missing "S" on the end which assures you that it's secure.

Don't forget to encrypt your web site. Whoops, did I mention this also costs money? It may not if you are a programmer. However, if your not careful, there are other programmers that love a challenge of figuring out how to unscramble web sites?

Have you heard of "scanners" before? I'm not talking about those "scanners" at the drug store, super mart of police station. I talking about those scanners that act like spiders on the web. Those scanners are looking for security leaks or holes in your personal computer. You do have a firewall don't you?

People still insist on telling others that it doesn't take any money on the internet to start a business. All of this is just for your own protection. You haven't even started your business yet.

There is some good news. I am sure you can find a "host" that will give you a secure site with all the bells and whistles. I have not been that lucky.

Add it all up and tell me what it'll cost to start a business on the internet. You are paying for an Independent Service Provider per month aren't you?

Okay, you can get virus software that will take care of the spy ware, the worms, the security leaks and the viruses. You can get a host real reasonable that will take care of your encryption needs and security. You can also get link checkers, payment processors, plagiarize finders, and copy cat software. You can even get some Free email services. The bottom line is it'll cost you some money.

Don't forget to get an email blocker. Spam will never stop in my opinion.

This is just my opinion. Anything I've said here is for your own entertainment. I know people getting their identities stolen because they did not protect themselves. I get phish email all the time trying to trick me into giving my passwords. If you are a complete newbie, it may be best to hire a guru. At least when they rip you off, you'll have someone other than yourself to blame.

Did you know that most Gurus don't tell you about these dangers?

Randall Stafford
http://www.randallsquare.com

Copyright 2005 RS Marketing News

Randall Stafford usually writes about health issues, fitness, and things that deal with people. After hearing so many times that doing business on the internet costs virtually nothing, he decided to give his opinion. Are the best things in life FREE?

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