Naming your start-up - is the web ready for your start-up's name?

Bah… Naming. Humbug. Gibberish. Not that important. Ironically, this can be the most difficult challenge in the early stages of a start-up. While small businesses owners produce plans, research and forecast, they often leave naming until last. Not many in the industry have spoken about the topic and what it actually means to business and…


9 Cyber Threats Small Businesses Can't Ignore

As recently reported by Information Week; Australia based online clothing retailer, Endless Wardrobe received an e-mail from an ‘Ivan’ in Russia stating “After a few minutes I’ll start a DDoS attack on your site, and it will cease to work,” the message continued, “If you don’t want to lose any profit, you pay me only…


Windows Server 2012 has arrived: what does it mean for you?

Last week was a big week here at Microsoft with the launch of Windows Server 2012. But what does it mean for you as a small business? The answer is a lot. Windows Server 2012 can be the central “hub” that connects your data, mobile devices, apps and the cloud in a convenient, cost-effective, and…


Staying safe in the cloud: the questions to ask

By now, a lot of you will have considered taking your first steps into using cloud computing. It’s a logical step, as cloud services offer: Predictable and low monthly fees No upfront capital expenditure Offloading of maintenance and security responsibility to a third party And guaranteed latest versions of software and tools In essence, the…


Worried about software piracy? Check out the anti-piracy resources in our new Business centre

PIRACY IS POISONOUS As we talked about in a recent blog post, software piracy isn’t beneficial for anyone. Just one counterfeit copy can leave your company open to attack. But piracy isn’t just about counterfeit discs – not having adequate licensing in place for the software you run could land you in trouble to. We…


B.Y.O.D: Why every day is “Bring your stuff to work day”

Back in the 1970s, the abbreviation “BYOD” meant a cheap-and-cheerful party: it stood for  “Bring Your Own Drinks”. Today, if a job offer includes “BYOD” at the bottom, turning up with a bottle of cheap wine probably isn’t a good idea. Today, it means “Bring Your Own Device”, and it’s big news for techies and…


How to avoid phone phishing and email scams

We’ve had 3 mails to the small business centre over the last couple of days, all from customers who have received phone calls purporting to be from Microsoft tech support, saying they had identified a problem with the recipient’s computer. These scams have been operating for some years now. THESE CALLS ARE SCAMS. DO NOT…


Free e-guide to help your business prepare for disaster

Guest post from @Cindy_Bates, Microsoft VP, SMB (US)  What runs through your mind when you flip on the evening news or catch the headlines onyour mobile device and see that another tornado or hurricane has devastated town“X”, leaving countless businesses, not to mention residents, in dire straits?I’m guessing you feel empathy, perhaps followed by the…


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…


Cloud security: Education is the key to hosted services uptake

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) often have to look beyond their own workforces for IT expertise. By nature, they tend not to have distinct IT departments with technology professionals – SME employees tend to be all-rounders rather than specialists in a particular field. But in many ways, the rise of cloud computing has provided a…