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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: Small businesses must keep investing in IT security

    Here's an extract from a new feature story published on the Microsoft Small Business website yesterday. You can read the story in full here . To some extent, urging small business owners to invest in IT security solutions may be preaching to the converted – unsurprising given the huge amount...
  • 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: Give your IT support people less to do

    Show your IT support people how much you care - give them less to do! This is the title of one of our new articles on the small business website. What's the secret behind reducing your IT support? No magic really, just common sense. We've got five suggestions on how you can manage your IT more effectively...
  • Blog Post: Do you know your virus from your elbow?

    When you run a small company, you’re the boss, the sales manager, the cleaner, and – yes – the IT manager too. So for the protection of your precious information, you need to get to grips with internet security. Take our fun quiz to test your knowledge, and in the process find out what...
  • 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: Cybercrime and your SMB: What you need to know to protect your business

    Guest post from Cindy Bates, Vice President, US Small and Medium Sized Businesses (US SMB). This post was first published on Cindy's blog on 4 May 2011. Some links have been changed to point to UK sites. If you have kids, you might have experienced days when their misbehaving has reached new heights...
  • Blog Post: Free worm and virus support

    I blogged about the Conficker worm ( WORM attack: is your PC secure? ) at the end of January - hopefully everyone who doesn't have automatic updates configured on their PCs will have downloaded the patch now. There are still rumblings in the press though, because as soon as you resolve one issue another...
  • 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: 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...