The “Free Trial” Trap and How To Avoid It

We’ve all been subjected to it: ” Install our software or hardware and use it for 30-60 days and if you do not like it, simply remove it and you will get your money back, no questions asked”. Well, there-in lies the problem – that no questions are being asked. Have you ever subscribed to […]


The Cloud And Your Business: Where is Your Umbrella?

That there is a lot of hype in the technology industry about “the cloud” is pretty obvious these days. You will be hard pressed to  read an article about technology (this one included) without some reference to the beauty, ease and affordability of cloud services. The argument is that IT infrastructures have become too complex […]

WeR1 v Cyberlynk: Ethics and Danger in the Cloud

A recent lawsuit involving WeR1 World Network and CyberLynk Network brings up the issue of ethics, responsibility and danger in the much hyped “Cloud” storage utility that has been agressively pushed by most of the major vendors in recent times. The gist of the case is that a disgruntled employee of Cyberlynk managed to log […]

APTs and Small Businesses: Hype or Real?

A new buzzword seem to emerge every few hours these days. If it’s not “Cloud”, it is “DLP”. One of the latest, in the security field at least, is “APT”. For Debian-based Linux users, we think of Aptitude, the update tool when we hear the word Apt. This APT refers to Advanced Persistent Threat – […]

Is Samsung Installing Keyloggers on Laptops?

UPDATE: It has now been confirmed that Samsung laptops do not contain keyloggers or spyware. UPDATE: Samsung has issued a statement saying that the finding is false. The statement says the software used to detect the keylogger, VIPRE, can be fooled by Microsoft’s Live Application multi-language support folder. This has been confirmed at F-Secure and […]

The AT&T, T-Mobile Merger: Small Business Implications

AT&T Inc.  and German telephone company Deutsche Telekom AG recently announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which AT&T will acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom in a cash-and-stock transaction currently valued at approximately $39 billion. The lofty goals of this acquisition according to the AT&T Press Release are as follows:

Windows 7 SP1 Nightmare

So Microsoft recently released Service Pack 1 for Window 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Knowing that I will soon be getting calls to update computers, I decided to give SP1 a spin. I have attempted to install SP1 on three computers so far without much luck. First, using automatic update did not work. The […]

SMBs and Business Continuity Plans

Question: What is the cost of a hardware failure to your business? If you are like most business owners, you are already calculating the cost of the server, hard drive, installation cost etc. But is that really the cost to your business? To put it another way, what would it cost you to replace the […]