Guest Blog: Private Network and PC Security

  When you have two computers or a computer and other devices, such as a printer or router connected, you have created a network. When this network is not connected through the internet, you have a private network, whether it is at home or in your small office. A private network is one of the…


Blog: Security Essentials available in dozens of languages

  Microsoft has taken steps to mitigate potential language problems by releasing Security Essentials in more than 30 different languages. Business leaders and home PC users increasingly recognise the importance of using security software on their computers to safeguard against external attack. In most cases, they realise that failing to do so exposes their systems…


Safer Internet Day 7 February

Microsoft research, released today (6 February 2012), highlights that 78% of respondents have basic online security protection, but are less knowledgeable about how to defend against cybercrime threats that rely on deception such as phishing, identity theft and fraudulent links. The findings are based on the Microsoft Computing Safety Index (MCSI) which gathered responses from…


Get Safe Online – and on your phone

Today marks the start of Get Safe Online Week, an annual event held to raise awareness of Internet  safety issues. The aim is to encourage everyone to take time out of their week to learn more about Internet safety and to make sure that their computer is properly protected. The risks are serious but prevention is…


How to create strong passwords

Strong passwords are important protections to help you have safer online transactions. The main keys to password strength are length and complexity – the ideal password is long and has letters, punctuation, symbols, and numbers. The difficulty of course is remembering them – especially when you need a password for every utility bill, bank account,…


There’s snow on the ground… but Clouds above!

Any owner of a small business will be juggling priorities over the Christmas period. You’ll want to take some well-earned rest and spend time at home, but you’ll also want to keep an eye on the business. With family commitments rightly taking priority, and unpredictable weather making transport treacherous, it would be great to kiss…


Announcing: Microsoft Security Essentials available FREE to Small Businesses in October!

Blog courtesy of Eric Ligman and the Microsoft Partner SMB Community Blog. Here is some great news for all of the small businesses out there from Microsoft that I am very happy to be able to tell you about! As we all know, small businesses are under incredible pressure to: Reduce operating costs Improve productivity…


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 of media attention given over to…