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  • Blog Post: Why I love direct mail

    Guest blog from Howard Graham, CEO and Founder of The Made Simple Group and member of the BBC’s Small Business Panel of Experts . All opinions stated are the author’s own. Perhaps it’s just me - but I seem to be getting a lot less junk mail through my letterbox. What was once a steady stream of...
  • Blog Post: Spam overwhelms email messages

    This is a story on the BBC website on a just-published Microsoft security report, which states that more than 97% of all e-mails sent over the net are unwanted. Ed Gibson, chief cyber security advisor at Microsoft, said the rise in spam was due to traditional organised crime figures moving away from...
  • Blog Post: Get Safe Online with free, expert advice

    Today marks the start of Get Safe Online week, an annual event to raise awareness of Internet safety issues. Through a variety of events, competitions and press activities, the GSO team reach out to consumers and small businesses to highlight the potential threats and dangers of online fraud and theft...
  • Blog Post: Mobile phone directory opens up new cold-calling avenues

    From next week your mobile phone number is no longer private. You - and your children - can be cold-called at any time and subjected to any number of unsolicited calls. The company offering this service is called 118800 and numbers in their database are collected from market research companies, from...
  • Blog Post: Computer viruses go galactic

    Viruses have now made it into orbit. The BBC news story says Nasa has confirmed that laptops carried to the International Space Station in July were infected with a virus known as Gammima.AG. The worm was first detected on Earth in August 2007 and lurks on infected machines waiting to steal login...
  • Blog Post: How can I rid my inbox of spam?

    Don't you just hate the ever-increasing amount of rubbish email that finds its way into your inbox? No matter how careful you are, someone else isn't, and the result? Endless mails trying to sell you Viagra or other, more distasteful items. So what can you do to reduce it? Our Ask The Expert feature...
  • Blog Post: New Microsoft UK video showcase

    Have you discovered our new UK video showcase site yet? We're just launching this here in the UK and building up the content. Soon we'll have a dedicated Small Business channel - but in the meantime you can browse the videos and get some great hints and tips on how to get more from your software. You...
  • Blog Post: Get a free online security review

    We’ve said it before but it’s worth repeating – your data underpins your business. If your data – or your systems – are compromised, your business could be at risk. Use our free Security Assessment Tool to get an online review of your security. You can download a report at the close of the 15-minute...
  • Blog Post: NSS Labs results: Internet Explorer the No. 1 browser to protect against malware

    This post, from Julia Owen, UK Consumer Lead for Internet Explorer, was first published on the ‘ The Blue E’ Internet Explorer blog Fantastic news just in at Internet Explorer HQ! We are pleased to announce that, for the third quarter running in 2010, Internet Explorer has continued to...
  • Blog Post: New Ask the Expert questions - October

    " How can I tell whether pop-up updates are real or spam? " and " Will I need to re-learn Word, Excel, Publisher etc if I upgrade to Office 2007? " are the two questions we highlight this month in our Ask the Expert feature. Asif Jinnah, Microsoft UK Field Area IT Manager tackles the ever-present business...