Flash - To Use Or No To Use?

Written by Oleg Lazarenko

Out there inrepparttar WWW there are thousands sites using flash for their needs. Butrepparttar 131751 majority sites are not in this list. Let's summaries some facts about flash usage on YOUR web site. After that it's you will have to decide: to use or not to use. There are some facts about Macromedia Flash Technology:

The First Fact: Sites are look much prettier and professional withrepparttar 131752 flash animation on their pages if animation done by professionals. Users sometimes visit sites only to see flash intro if it's done in some original manner.

The Second Fact: Flash Source Scripts cannot be stolen unlike Java Scripts or HTML code. Flash files come in "two" pieces: files with .fla extension arerepparttar 131753 actual source and .swf files are compiled version of these files. In browsers you can see only .swf files. However I’ve already seen some “swf scanners” . Those programs let you seerepparttar 131754 action script coding used in flash movie.

The Third Fact: Flash animation files are slow to download and require flash player plug-in . Regular static graphic requires less time to download. In a couple of years whenrepparttar 131755 problem of dial-up connection may be solved and fast DSL lines will be cheap and available for anyone this problem may seem not so serious, but so far we must consider this aspect, as not all users are eager to wait for a minute or two to see your flash intro. That's one ofrepparttar 131756 main reason flash is not popular onrepparttar 131757 big corporate sites (but Yahoo for example displays fast loading flash advertisements on their pages)

The Fourth Fact: Not all browser compatible with flash players. The old versions of MS Explorer and Netscape Navigator cannot display flash movies. There is a solution however: to use Java Script to checkrepparttar 131758 compatibility of browser and displayrepparttar 131759 static image ifrepparttar 131760 player is not available for that browser. Well there is some issue still left with browsers who cannot understand Java Scripts but there are few people who use those browsers these days…but you must keep that in mind.

How secure is your data? Preventing the theft of your internet property.

Written by John Miles

Monday morning first thing andrepparttar phone rings. It’s a typical call, sincerepparttar 131749 previous Thursday a small business has noticed that some ofrepparttar 131750 images on it’s’ website are starting to appear on other sites. They know enough to understand that once these images are out, they will be unable to prevent their spread. What they’re after now is advice on how to stop them from being stolen inrepparttar 131751 first place.

Everyone is always wiser afterrepparttar 131752 event and there is a certain complacency in all of us that says it’s not going to happen to me but when it does we need to know what we can do about it. In this caserepparttar 131753 damage has been done. Someone had hacked into their site and downloaded approximately 20,000 images. Some of these were licensed from image suppliers and some were taken by themselves at great expense. The cost torepparttar 131754 company is easy to work out in terms of what they paid forrepparttar 131755 images inrepparttar 131756 first place, but what is more difficult to ascertain isrepparttar 131757 ongoing revenue loss that will occur.

Ongoing loss becauserepparttar 131758 nature of these images means thatrepparttar 131759 more exposure they get,repparttar 131760 smaller their value becomes. In this caserepparttar 131761 law of supply and demand applies to intellectual property just as much as anything else. Byrepparttar 131762 timerepparttar 131763 web server logs were checked andrepparttar 131764 perpetrators identified, six days had elapsed. In that time these images were identified on twenty eight different websites and that number was growing byrepparttar 131765 day. By then it was a practical impossibility to have them removed.

Even worse was thatrepparttar 131766 images appeared on an image brokers site and were actively being sold with a license for use by other people. The fact that this site was in Russia meant that there was nothingrepparttar 131767 company could do to prevent it. In short they simply had to swallowrepparttar 131768 loss and try to prevent it happening again.

What we all need to understand is that it is very difficult, if not entirely impossible, to prevent your data being stolen. If they want it badly enough, they will get it. Your job is to make sure that you make it so difficult, they give up and try elsewhere. For most of us,repparttar 131769 basic security of our website is handled byrepparttar 131770 site’s hosts. Being certain of your hosts capabilities is a good start to securing your data. Have you ever asked them how they secure your web server? Perhaps now is a good time to do it.

Web hosting is like any other business. They concentrate generally onrepparttar 131771 “bits” you can see in order to get your business. What they can cut costs on, they will and, although any good host will have security firmly atrepparttar 131772 top of their list, some ofrepparttar 131773 cheaper ones may look at ways of reducing their spending. One very security conscious host is www.serverwise.com. I’ve used them for a number of years and always found them to be good when it comes to protecting your web site.

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