Archives for March 2010

Fighting Spam

Over 90% of email is unsolicited and unwanted. Junk emails flood the electronic delivery system with messages that we just don’t want and phishing schemes fool millions each year.  These abuses waste time and resources and are one of the biggest productivity drains that businesses face. Unfortunately, you can’t get rid of all spam but you can manage the problem and protect your business from incidental damage.  Make sure you have a clear email policy and train users so they don’t fall for spam tricks. Use a Spam Filter – although spammers work on beating the filter, this is your best first defense. Never reply to spam, not even to unsubscribe – often this just confirms your email is valid. Disable automatic downloading of HTML pictures -  spammers get confirmation that you opened the message if the graphics (pictures) are downloaded. Don’t participate in chain emails – these … [Read more...]

Desktop Upgrades

You’ve had your business desktops for a couple of years and they have gotten noticeably slower.  The staff wants new, fast and fancy PCs but you are just not sure if that is a good use of your resources.  You want everyone to be as efficient and productive as possible so it’s time to do a computer ROI analysis. When discussing desktop upgrades, there are several strategies to use and many ways to mix-n-match them. You can upgrade your existing desktop to extend its life, you can move to a desktop virtualized environment, you can use online software services or you can use a combination of all.  Our overview gives some of the most common choices, but it is not exhaustive. There are many ways to solve this complex issue. 1)   If you have desktops that the user accesses for programs and files, consider these ideas: a) Upgrade memory b) Move local disk storage to a … [Read more...]