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Do You Know the Real Facebook From a Fake One?

Friday September 2, 2011

Ed Bott from ZDnet.com has posted a very interesting article regarding people's ability to discern real e-mail from Facebook versus a phishing attempt. This may look innocent enough, but considering that corporate America is moving more and more towards social media for networking opportunities, this could seriously impact your company if the person who maintains your Facebook presence is not aware of this.

Think about this, the employee who maintains your Facebook page falls for one of the phishing e-mails. The phisher steals the userid and password for your corporate Facebook page. Once in the hands of the bad guys, the damage they can do to your corporate Facebook page and to your company's reputation may be irreparable. So take the time now and make sure your marketing person, or whoever maintains your social media presence, is aware of these scams. Teach them how to recognize legitimate e-mail from Facebook versus bogus ones.

Managed Web Hosting Services Save Money

Friday August 26, 2011

Many companies are either hosting their own website on their company servers or are thinking about creating an Internet presence. Other companies which already have an Internet website are looking to add more advanced features to their website but don't have the internal personnel to do the job. All businesses would like to get the job done better and cheaper.

Managed web hosting companies provide you the opportunity to accomplish your business objectives for an Internet Web presence at a fixed cost. By outsourcing your web hosting requirements you get more than just the opportunity to save money. In my latest article I will give you six reasons why you should use a managed web hosting company.

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Business Etiquette for Email

Friday August 19, 2011

Email use in business is increasing every day. Unfortunately, so is email abuse. I can't begin to tell you how many e-mails I receive each day that are unprofessional, long-winded or totally out of line when it comes to business e-mail etiquette. In fact, I have my spam filter set so that any e-mail that does not contain a subject line is automatically tagged as spam and deleted. With the number of e-mail I receive each day, it is necessary to have a meaningful subject line so I can prioritize the e-mails I need to respond to first.

If you would like to educate your employees on the proper use of business e-mail, then my e-mail etiquette guide is for you. It covers the basics of professional e-mail with such pointers as making sure a subject line is included on every e-mail, to finer points such as replying in a conservative manner.

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Protect Your Business and Run Windows Update NOW!

Friday August 12, 2011

Microsoft has released several "critical" and "important" updates that patch security holes in Microsoft's Internet Explorer. As detailed in Microsoft's Security Bulletin MS11-057, "This security update is rated Critical for Internet Explorer 6 on Windows clients, and for Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 8, and Internet Explorer 9." This could allow a hacker to take over your company's computer and allow them access to your company's network. If you haven't run Windows Update recently, now is the time.

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Software to Get Your Business Started

Friday August 5, 2011

Information is the lifeblood of your business and the software you choose to store and organize it can help you or hinder you. From basic word processing to spreadsheets to inventory control and accounting, you will need software to manage your business. If your business is just starting up or you've been around for awhile, here is a guide to get you the necessary software you need to run your business.

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Free Office Software!

Sunday July 31, 2011

Are you tired of paying for Microsoft Office software? Does the thought of paying Microsoft every month for Office 365 turn your stomach?

Then how does FREE sound? Yes there is absolutely free office automation software available. And best news is that it is compatible with Microsoft's Word, Excel, Power Point and Access. OpenOffice.org provides the software that a start-up or small business needs without the excessive prices that Microsoft charges.

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Saving Money is More Than Spending Less

Monday July 25, 2011

Saving money is more than just spending less and doing without. Saving money in your business should center on spending money in a "smarter" way.

Money can be saved by buying used and refurbished equipment and furniture. But "new" may be better and there are pit falls that you need to be aware of. Take these into consideration and you can save money with used or refurbished furniture and equipment.

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Is Microsoft Office 365 For you?

Thursday July 14, 2011

A few weeks ago, Microsoft officially launched its new suite of office productivity software and collaboration tools: Office 365. What makes this product different than other software that Microsoft has released is that it is not software that runs on your computer. The software actually runs in the cloud and you access it through any Internet browser. In addition to the software existing in the cloud, your data is also stored securely in the cloud on Microsoft servers.

Since all the hosting and server maintenance is done by Microsoft, this frees your company's resources (people and money) for other uses. You and your employees can take advantage of all of this for a reasonable monthly charge. Microsoft has several packages that are available to a variety of users. I explained all of the features and pricing options in my Introduction to Microsoft Office 365 article.

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How To Buy a Server

Wednesday July 6, 2011

A server is a special computer that "serves" the other computers in your business. Buying the right server allows you to centrally store, manage and control your company's information. Buying the wrong or under-sized server can negatively impact the financial stability of your company. I have written a "How To Guide" to show you how to avoid the mistakes that can cost your company money.

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Documents That Spread Malware

Wednesday June 29, 2011

According to Jim Rapoza, Independent Security Technology Analyst, documents containing malware are on the rise. I can see how Rapoza has come to this conclusion, given that e-mail is used to transfer documents among users and the increased use of document collaboration systems such as Microsoft's SharePoint. As documents have become more sophisticated, they have provided attackers more methods to spread their malware. Documents can contain macros, hyperlinks and other embedded information and all of these can be used by an attacker. My ultimate malware protection guide can help you protect your business by following these simple steps.

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