Blaster Released onto the Internet in August 2003, the blaster virus exploited a flaw in Windows to spread itself across the net. The virus, also known as MS-Blast contained the hidden message “billy gates why do you make this possible? Stop making money and fix your software” and was programmed to launch a denial of service attack on Microsoft’s Windows Update web site on August 16. Initially Blaster was able to slip past most anti-virus software, making clear the need for firewalls even on home computers. Bagle First identified in mid-January 2004 the Bagle virus was a fairly standard affair, arriving as an ambiguously named email attachment it infected the machines of those foolish enough to open it and proceeded[…]

Guarding your business from online threats does not need to be expensive or difficult. There are simple steps you can take right away to significantly reduce the chances of your organisation being seriously damaged by viruses, hackers and spam. 1) Education, education, education. Make sure your staff are aware of the security threats posed by the Internet and that they understand basic safety principles such as not opening suspect attachments or giving their password to anybody except the IT administrator. 2) Form a disaster recovery plan and test it regularly. If your systems are wiped out by a serious attack, how will your business react? Make backing up your important data a part of your organisation’s daily routine. 3) If[…]

Like McAfee, Norton is a long standing anti-virus brand name which is now owned by a larger company – in this case, Symantec. The company sells corporate solutions under its own name, but uses the Norton brand for its consumer and small business offerings. Internet Security Professional 2004 is a comprehensive collection of security tools designed to run on the desktop. It offers no centralized management features such as those found in Sophos and McAfee, which means that it’s better suited to very small businesses with a maximum of around 20 PCs. The package includes Antivirus Professional, Personal Firewall, Privacy Control, AntiSpam and Productivity Control. All of these are fairly self explanatory, except perhaps the latter. You can install Productivity[…]

Oxford based Sophos is one of the world leaders in security software and has recently launched Small Business Suite which comprises specially tailored versions of the company’s anti-virus scanner and PureMessage anti-spam software. It is worth noting that the product will not install on older versions of Windows such as 95 or 98, you need 2000 or above. In any case, security conscious organisations would do well to eliminate Windows 95/98 installations from their networks since these systems cannot be considered secure enough for the modern business environment. The anti-virus module sits on your company’s desktop machines. A plain English manual is supplied which explains in step by step terms how you can remotely install the software on systems across[…]

Owned by Network Associates, McAfee is one of the oldest and most trusted brand names in anti-virus software. The Small Business Edition is a relatively new addition to the McAfee line up, but it is essentially a version of the existing Active VirusScan Suite tweaked for the SME market. The package features various bits of software designed to do different jobs. The core system is of course the basic VirusScan programme which sits on your Windows desktops and any servers you may have, and a version designed for Novell NetWare servers is also supplied. VirusScan is one of the most widely used desktop AV products around because, quite simply, it works. What makes this package interesting is the addition of[…]

Produced by Finnish company F-Secure, Internet Security 2004 is a desktop package featuring both an anti-virus element along with a personal firewall system. This double-pronged approach provides protection from conventional email viruses as well as the more advanced viruses which do not need email to propagate themselves. A firewall will also protect against unauthorised intrusion by hackers. Installation is a straightforward enough process and even non-technical users should not encounter any difficulties. Once installed the programme displays a little icon in the Windows system tray to show you that it is running and quick click of this will bring up the management console. All of the package’s features are controlled from this simple interface. From here you can change the[…]

Viewsonic PJ510 A modestly priced entry level device which offers portability and a full complement of inputs, making it a likely proposition for home and business use. No frills, but a bargain basement price-point. Low brightness, but that is to be expected at this price point. Mitsubishi SE1U An entry level device with simple but effective specification that should be good enough for presenting in small meeting rooms. The brightness is not particularly high, so it will not produce good results in rooms with high ambient lighting. NEC VT47 This model offers a fairly standard specification for this price range, with the exception of its brightness level which is noticeably higher than other models in this entry level segment. A[…]

During the eighties and even for a short period in the early nineties people believed that the proliferation of computers in business would result in a significant reduction of the amount of paperwork found in the average office. For a while people thought that the paperless office was a realistic prospect.  As we all know, entirely the opposite effect was achieved, the amount of paper in circulation rose exponentially with the number of PCs deployed in an organisation. People used the computers to create and distribute more documents than ever before, and those documents got printed, photocopied, faxed and otherwise transformed into paper form. In the modern business environment workers are likely to deal with a wide range of documents[…]

After months of hearing of Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) plans for the mid-high-volume market, two models arrive targeted at large organisations and enterprises – the LaserJet 9055 and 9065 multi-function products (MFPs). Both include the HP embedded web server to assess each device’s status and change and manage settings via a web browser. Additional features are a duplex unit, 256/384MB printer memory and 320MB copier memory with the option to expand, 300,000-page duty cycle plus print and copy speeds of 55ppm and 65ppm respectively the ability to work in a variety of environments (WinTel, Unix or Apple, for example) and a wide range of accessories, such as 2,500 multi-sheet finisher, and 3,000-sheet stapler/stacker. Further releases expected in the early part of 2004.[…]

Dell’s latest projector, the 2200MP, is described as a ‘cross-over product’ that will appeal to small business users who travel (the weight is 2.1kg) and home users. It uses what is termed digital light processing (DLP) double digital rate (DDR) technology, to generate high resolution images. An auto-synchronisation feature adjusts the output resolution to match that from the input device. The 2200MP is supplied with a standard one-year warranty, and whole unit exchange service – x. Price: £799 Website: www.dell.co.uk   Related Posts:Understanding Digital Projector SpecificationsData projector reviews