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…


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 be the number one browser to protect…


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 some…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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, and to recommend best practice…