Small businesses can use Microsoft Security Essentials to provide security protection for their PCs on a budget.

When running a small business, it's vitally important to stretch those budgets as far as possible.

Particularly if you're running a start-up enterprise, there may only be a fine margin between profit and loss, so keeping on top of costs is crucial.

IT is one area that some people may be tempted to cut corners on - with the use of duplicate and counterfeit software a growing problem - but you have to question whether it is worth the risk.

Failing to properly secure your PCs and other devices is a false economy, as the costs associated with security breaches will likely far outweigh those of putting safeguards in place.

Where IT security solutions are concerned, finance should not even come into it.

Even if there is literally no cash to spend on tech solutions, you can protect your system by downloading Microsoft Security Essentials for free.

The software guards against viruses, spyware, and other online threats, and is simple to install and easy to use.

Security Essentials runs quietly and efficiently in the background, meaning there's no need to worry about interruptions to what you are doing or the need to carry out upgrades.

The only condition is that your PC must run on a genuine Windows operating system - another good reason to play by the rules and avoid taking unnecessary online risks.

Posted by Alex Boardman

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