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Foscam's Huntvision NVR kit lets small business owners keep a secure eye on their property. The kit includes four digital Ethernet-powered cameras for a low price.
If you're interested in moving your small business to Windows 10, now might be a good time to do it. We list the reasons why, and explain what you can expect if you decide to upgrade.
How does Windows 10 differ from Win 7 and 8.1? Excellent question. We list the top-10 things you need to know about Windows 10.
These five tips will help you wring more speed, capacity, or range out of your small business Wi-Fi network.
Whether you need to store, share and sync files or simply backup your business data, cloud storage offers SMBs a lot of features for the money. We look at 10 of our favorite cloud storage services.
Can your small business' wireless network be more secure? It can if you follow these eight tips.
These handy small business networking tools and services for Windows (and sometimes Mac and Linux) can save you a ton of time and money.
Monitoring your business vehicles can improve safety, efficiency, and reduce operating costs. Here's what you need to know about fleet management technology.
Imagine losing your smartphone—and the data stored on it. Don’t panic. Instead, take these steps to increase the odds of recovering a misplaced iOs, Android, or Windows Phone.
The Breezeworks app, for both iOS and Android, streamlines much of the administrative work associated with running a small service-oriented business.
Microsoft's plan to decommission another popular, but aging, operating system will affect Small Business Server 2003. Is your small business ready? We share a ton of resources.
This cautionary tale explains the dangers of encrypting ransomware. Learn to better protect your small business against a malware scourge that can take down your data—and your business—permanently.
Newsflash: there’s no such thing as the "best" smartphone—only one that’s best for you. But to find it, you need to look at more than just the hardware specs and price.
Microsoft has released the Windows 10 Technical Preview, and we take a (very) early look at what the next version of the venerable operating system offers.
Mobile scanning meets small business. The ScanSnap iX100's built-in battery and Wi-Fi let you easily scan from the road with your smartphone or tablet.
Intimidated by data backup? Backing up ain't hard to do with HP's 2 TB RDX drive.
This hybrid data backup appliance integrates local and cloud-based data backup. It did a great job with local data backup, but it ran into trouble backing up to the cloud.
The HP Pro Tablet 610 G1 PC is a solid business tablet, but some flaws keep us from giving it a stellar recommendation.
Email is a critical small business communication tool, but your correspondence can be more efficient—and a lot less annoying—if you steer clear of these bad habits.
Microsoft’s latest update for Windows 8 goes a long way toward helping longtime Windows users acclimate to the new operating system.
Many websites offer enhanced account security in the form of two-factor authentication. We explain what it is, why you should use it and how to get started.
Mobile computing's all the rage, but sometimes you just can’t take it with you. We look at five ways, both for free and for-fee, to access and control your remote PC from afar.
Anturis cloud-based network monitoring doesn’t sacrifice ease-of-use on the altar of customization.
For small business network admins with any smarts, using Spiceworks is a no-brainer. We take a look at what's new in version 7.1.
If you own a small business, you should almost certainly have a server. Here are some important things to consider before choosing one.
HP’s small business server, the MicroServer Gen8, offers enterprise-level monitoring and management in an unobtrusive package.
WD's latest small business server packs features typically found in an enterprise-level server into a box that's compact and quiet enough to sit on your desk.
Add Ninite Pro to your small business security tool box. It takes the pain out of keeping computer software secure and up-to-date.
Inkjet, laser, operating costs, mobile, cloud: multifunction printers offer a lot of features. Knowing what to look for in a small business printer can save you time and money. Our guide can help.
Brother's well-connected multifunction printer is the first inkjet that can wirelessly link to a mobile device via NFC.
There’s a lot of networking that goes into starting up a new small business office. Here's what you need to consider before opening your doors.
This network video recorder removes much of the hassle from setting up and maintaining a small business video monitoring system.
This hybrid cloud/on-premises business phone system offers small offices power and simplicity at a reasonable price, but expansion is limited.
Your next computer may very well be a tablet rather than a conventional notebook PC. Here are five important factors to consider when choosing one.
Umbrella Mobility by OpenDNS offers another layer of mobile security for small business. We test this cloud-based service to see how well it protects against Web-based malware, botnets, and phishing.
Whether you need to store, share and sync files or simply backup your business data, cloud storage offers SMBs a lot of features for the money. We look at 10 of our favorite cloud storage services.
Pertino lets small businesses use the cloud to create secure networks for their remote workers—without hardware, hassles or high cost.
When you have multiple forms of Internet access at your disposal, Connectify Dispatch combines them together and increases your connection speed.
Need to print from your smartphone or tablet? We run down the mobile printing options available for Android and iOS devices.
New Windows 8 features make it easier to safeguard personal data, restore a PC’s original factory configuration without losing your data, and if necessary, do so while destroying your data in the process.
We review Enlocked, an email security product that lets small businesses exchange secure emails with customers without cumbersome technical requirements or a hefty price tag.
The Windows Store is just getting off the ground, but there are already some decent apps to be had there. Here are fifteen of our favorites so far.
We list 15 tips to help you find your way around Windows 8 using a keyboard and mouse.
Windows 8 running on a bootable USB storage device can be a boon for small businesses with telecommuters, contractors or temporary workers.
LaCie’s 2big NAS is a solid storage server for small business, but remote access support could be better.
Windows 8 will arrive soon, but should you start planning an upgrade for your small business? Here are six reasons to consider a timely upgrade, plus one reason you might want to think twice before taking the plunge.
Following these five Windows 7 security tips will give you better control over who uses your Windows PCs and how your employees use them. Following these five Windows 7 security tips will give you better control over who uses your Windows PCs and how your employees use them.
We've got tips and resources to help you monitor and control smartphone data usage and avoid extra charges or connection slowdowns.
This thin client kit puts capable and easy-to-manage virtual desktops on three people's desks for much less than the price of individual PCs.
La Cie provides small business owners with a small, affordable and simple way to backup critical data to the cloud.
This integrated and streamlined software package puts the benefits of a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) within reach of small business IT.
Tired of paying telecom prices for a landline and need better voice quality than standard VoIP services? The oddly named Ooma Telo can save you money.
Western Digital's latest NAS server offers small businesses loads of advanced features, but a couple of issues keep it from earning a rave review.
Our gift guide is chock full of goodies to satisfy every wireless networking nerd on your holiday list.
This pint-sized appliance -- designed for small businesses -- does the heavy lifting for network computer and software inventory.
Heed the NSA's (yes, that NSA) recommendations for keeping your computers and small business network more secure.
Want to save cost and clutter? We look at three network utilities that let you control multiple computers from a single keyboard and mouse.
Want to save cost and clutter? We look at three network utilities that let you control multiple computers from a single keyboard and mouse.
Easy administration and lots of capacity make the LaCie 5big Network 2 with NAS 2.0 software an excellent choice for small business storage.
Iomega's new StorCenter is a solid choice for small businesses.
We've got a dozen security apps for Android to help you protect your Android phone -- and the information on it -- from a host of nasty stuff.
Today's home-office networks are more advanced than ever and typically have more than one computer and a host of other networked devices. So which port is best for connecting your cable modem?
Our small business networking expert explains what a Firewire/1394 network connection is and why you won't find it on newer Vista or Windows 7 PCs. What's it all mean?
This NAS device simplifies access to small business data no matter where you are -- thanks to a fee-free Personal Cloud feature.
Are you shopping for a new Wi-Fi router? Dont forget to take our list of the top features to help you get the most out of your small business network.
Your smartphone is full of business and personal data, and you need to protect it. These 10 tips will help secure Android, BlackBerry, iPhone or Windows Phone 7 smartphones.
These 20 free networking utilities span a range of features to help you care for your network without spending your hard-earned money or time.
Skype’s new group video feature gives small businesses face time with colleagues and clients. We walk you through the features, benefits and a few shortcomings.
Dell hopes big enterprises will adopt its Venue Pro Windows Phone 7 smartphone, but we think it's a great choice for a small business mobile device, too.
This highly lauded network management software wont cost you a dime -- and yet it delivers the goods (with one or two minor missteps) to make one part of small business IT life a lot easier.
Windows Phone 7 is still relatively new, and a darned good mobile operating system. But we have a list of seven ways it could be even better.
Network attached storage can help SMBs tame their ever-growing data storage needs. Our NAS expert covers everything you need to know to buy the right network storage device for your business.
Zscaler's cloud-based Web security service provides threat protection and access control without hardware or software.
Protecting your business data is a great New Year's resolution. It's even better when it's free. Here are six ways -- and 13 tools -- to lock down 2011 without spending a dime.
Petite yet potent, HP's Proliant MicroServer is an excellent small business server for any company ready to move to a server-based network.
Looking for an alternative to cloud-based remote access and file sharing? PogoPlug Biz lets you easily access and share files over the Internet while keeping your data on your own external hard drives.
Windows Phone 7 is coming soon, but is it too consumer focused to be a good mobile smartphone for your business? We've got seven factors to consider before you make your buying decision.
Free virtualization software from Iomega lets you turn your small business computer into a mobile office without ever taking it on the road.
Data Robotics offers network attached storage that's easy and economical for small business owners to maintain and expand.
Confused by networking terms? Here's the skinny on 10 technologies that keep your small business network humming.
Symantec targets small businesses that need big security with its Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition 12.0. We put it to the test.
In this small business software review, we look at how the Parallels Desktop Upgrade to Windows 7 utility helps SMBs move from XP to Windows 7.
Are you in the market for a flash drive or a portable hard drive? Here's what you need to know to buy the right device to keep your portable data safe.
You won't find a faster, easier way to remotely access and share the files you have stored on USB storage devices.
Cheap laptops are easy to find, but an affordable notebook computer with both style and substance is a terrific find for any small business owner. The ThinkPad Edge does not disappoint.
Small business technology's come a long way, which means it's a lot easier to take your network files on the road without worrying about file synchronization. Let Windows Offline Files do it for you.
Can a netbook be a small business computer? Our guide helps you choose a netbook PC that can handle everyday business tasks at a very affordable price.
If your notebook PC runs Ultimate or Enterprise editions of Windows 7 or Windows Vista, you can increase security by encrypting the hard drive with BitLocker. We'll show you how.
Improved remote access features in Windows 7 simplify troubleshooting computer problems. Sit back and relax. Remote assistance is here to help you.
Quick, efficient online messaging makes everyone more productive. Hipchats hosted instant messaging service offers a low-cost, no-hassle IM client for small businesses.
Finding the best smartphones for your business doesnt have to be a chore. Our handy guide gives you all the information you need to cut through the multitude of models and conquer carrier confusion.
Gmails easy to love. And if youve got e-mail lurking on other, lesser e-mail systems, now you can spread the love and move all those old messages over to your Gmail account. Life is good.
Lenovos Windows Home Server-based IdeaCentre D400 makes a fine small-office server, despite a few flaws.
We review ipMonitor 10, a simple yet powerful network monitoring software that alerts you to issues before they become problems.
OpenDNS gives your small businesss Internet connection an extra dose of speed, security and control.
The wireless SV1T lets you make Skype video calls without being tethered to or even in the same room as a PC.
If you need a wireless network in your home office, but the layout isnt conducive to Wi-Fi, youll appreciate the Belkin Gigabit Powerline HD Starter Kit for its easy setup and snappy performance.
A Windows 7-only feature within Windows Media Player 12 lets you share content far beyond your own home or small office network.
Yes, you can move on up to Windows 7 and — thanks to its Windows XP Mode — still run older, mission-critical applications. Joe Moran shows you how it’s done.
Joe Moran digs deeper into Windows 7 and walks you through the new Libraries and Search capabilities. Dewey decimal not required.
The BlackBerry ER utility sends you information about your stolen BlackBerry, making it more likely youll get it back.
Windows 7 offers lots of new features and Joe Moran walks you through seven of the changes you’ll see in the operating system’s user interface.
MaxiVista 4 lets you expand your PCs screen real estate to another computer without having to install video cards or run any cable.
Joe Moran shows you how to find a MAC address and offers three tips on using them.
The Wi-Fire costs more than most USB Wi-Fi adapters, but if you need long-range capability, youll be glad you spent the extra scratch.
An instant-on operating system shaves minutes off of a computers start-up time, getting you online, to your e-mail or other pressing data, in a hurry.
With free utilities and an Internet connection, you can listen to iTunes wherever your work takes you.
If you have sensitive personal data on your system (and you probably do), Identity Finder will uncover it so you can either purge or protect it.
Pogoplug makes USB storage devices accessible over the Internet so you can easily access your data on the road.
Spiceworks gives small firms a powerful tool for managing and monitoring a network, and if you dont mind a few ads, its free.
Not all netbooks come stocked with the fastest Wi-Fi (802.11n), some still carry the older 802.11g. We take a look at the top sellers to see where the wireless speed lies.
With Wake-on-LAN, you can power down remote PCs to save money and still access them whenever you need.
Is your favorite Web site down, or is it just you? Need a boost of connection speed? Use these 10 must-have Web services to improve your overall network experience.
Dont expect miracles, but this handy and inexpensive collection of system diagnostic and repair utilities gives problem PCs a shot in the arm.
You can use a handheld device to access your office PC from anywhere with Remote Desk Mobile.
Fake security utilities deliver the very problems they claim to prevent. Heres what you need to know in order to avoid these deceptive programs.
Voicemail transcription technology takes the pain out of keeping on top of phone messages.
Build your own networking toolkit with this great collection of 10 utilities. Even better, it wont cost you a dime.
If you need wireless connectivity and basic computing capability in a tight space, the Eee Top ("top" short for "desktop") PC ET 1602 may be your answer.
In part three of our series on building your own Windows home server, we tackle how to set up remote access for your files, and how to control your server from other Windows PCs over the 'net.
In part two of our series on building your own Windows home server, well show you how to set up PCs, users and folders.
You could spend $500 or more for a pre-built Windows Home Server System, but you don't really have to: We'll show you how to do it yourself with a spare PC.
HPs top-of-the-line business inkjet delivers high-level features along with its high price tag.
Skype's versatile VoIP software gets an aesthetic and functional makeover. Isn't it time you took it out for a spin?
Microsoft's forthcoming Vista replacement promises more convenient wireless networking and simpler resource sharing. Here's a sneak peak at some of what Windows 7 has in store.
This free browser add-on synchronizes bookmarks across different systems and browser versions.
Microsoft's folder synchronization software can make your files available on multiple PCs.
A USB flash drive loaded with your favorite plug-and-play applications can be a handy alternative to lugging a laptop around when you travel.
This instant-on operating system can get you onto the Web quickly and easily, but it works a lot better in principle than in practice.
Setting up your network to use OpenDNS' servers instead of your ISP's to look up Internet addresses is quick, easy and free.
When you have a connectivity problem, these four command-line network utilities can help you pinpoint it.
Creating IP address reservations gives you both the convenience of automatic DHCP addresses and the consistency of static ones.
Switching to VoIP phone service can save money without suffering the returning to the sloth and hassle of dial-up Internet access.
The right technology can help keep you connected, protected and productive when youre on the road.
For cable modem customers, access to speedier Internet connections may be around the corner.
Iomegas StorCenter ix2 doesnt give you removable drives or remote access to data (yet), but it offers user-friendly interface and a few other appealing tricks.
Useful technology products always make great gifts, both during the holiday season and throughout the year. If you're looking for gift ideas for friends or loved ones (or even for yourself), this handy guide unites the cool with the practical.
Whether youre a small business owner, a work-at-homer, a road warrior or have one on your holiday list we've got Wi-Fi equipment and accessories for almost any budget.
If you change networks often, chances are you also change network settings and switch profiles frequently. NetSetMan, a freeware Windows utility, streamlines the process and removes much of the tedium.
With iTunes, you can take your music with you, even if your iPod is elsewhere. All it takes is a network and the right software.
PC Fixer is a free (but ad-supported) utility that goes spelunking in the Registry to find and fix PC problems.
Need storage for you home-office network but don't want to commit to a NAS box? Don't fret, centralized storage is still on the table -- if you know where to look.
This four-disk external storage drive provides high capacity and lots of RAID flexibility.
Network Map offers a bird's-eye, but potentially incomplete, view of your network.
This petite router turns a cellular wireless data connection into Wi-Fi.
An ad-hoc wireless network lets you link systems to share data or an Internet connection. Here's how to build your own on a Vista system.
It's not perfect, but phenomenal capacity and a great interface make this network storage device a strong contender.
Looking to save some dough on network utilities? MaxiVista Pro is a simple alternative to graphics cards, switch boxes and the like. It is not, however, without its limitations.
The Central Axis hits a couple of high notes on features, but more discordant ones when it comes to usability and ease of setup.
If an expansive display is what youre after, this external adapter from EVGA offers a quick and easy way to add more screen real estate to your system.
Vista's Windows Easy Transfer makes getting a new system up and running a more manageable process.
When it comes to tasting biometrics at home, LemonScreen could be the flavor of the month.
The kitchen may be closing on the all-you-can-eat bandwidth buffet, so start measuring usage. And remember, it's not just about PCs anymore.
Vista's Remote Desktop feature makes it possible to log into your system from anywhere and use it as though you were sitting right in front of it.
Although it takes some getting used to, this handy utility creates a virtual space on your PC where you can safely surf the Web, run applications or open files without infecting your computer.
The expectations for NAS devices continue to rise. Simple backup storage and file sharing is no longer enough. The ReadyNAS Duo RND2150 from Netgear meets the challenge head on, but it doesn't come cheap.
Don't let the Datto Backup 100's small footprint fool you. The compact and easy-to-use device can makes data backup easy.
Help is an Internet connection away. Using Vista's Remote Assistance feature is way better than doing tech support over the phone.
Microsoft's Windows Live FolderShare 2008 software makes sharing (and synchronizing) files across multiple systems an exercise in simplicity.
Sometimes you can take it with you. Vista keeps you current even when you're not connected to the network.
Forget Wi-Fi. Wi-Max technology promises to let us roam much farther afield while still maintaining an Internet connection.
Protecting your company's sensitive data and complying with industry or government regulations can be challenging and costly. Policy Commander offers a simple, affordable option.
Beware of ad-hoc networks when you connect to the Internet in public places.
Keeping a Windows-based computer safe from online threats is an expensive proposition these days. Here are ways to protect your network while holding on to the contents of your wallet.
These Firefox extensions (and a few related Web sites) can make browsing more convenient and secure.
This drive offers spacious capacity in a tasty package, but it didnt entirely satisfy our hunger.
Nearby Wi-Fi networks may be to blame. Wi-Fi network scanning software can help identify other potentially interference-causing networks.
Connecting multiple consumer electronics devices to your network wirelessly can be a pricey and time-consuming undertaking. Networking them via a wireless bridge is one way to save money, time and clutter.
This file server appliance is heavy on file sharing and data redundancy, and light on cost and complexity.
When it comes to network sharing on a Vista network, NSC streamlines the setup. Learn how to set up printer, file, media sharing and more in a snap.
Need a simple way to keep private files private? Here are two freeware utilities that let you do it easily, albeit in significantly different ways.
A plethora of network information and options await within the Network and Sharing Center.
Windows Mobile Smartphone with both a slider keyboard and keypad is a capable and versatile traveling companion.
As a business grows, keeping track of files located on different computers can get tricky. We explain network attached storage, or NAS, and how it can help.
This painless step-by-step guide will help you bring that ghost printer back to life.
Hamachi makes it a cinch to say sayonara to your VPN woes. With the free software utility, your VPN can be up and running in minutes, usually with little or no configuration.
Are you making the most of your Internet connection? Propel Personal Bandwidth Manager can show how you're using it and whether bandwidth is in short supply, but it does have its issues.
You can save a lot of money and gain a lot of speed if your smartphone supports Wi-Fi networking. Here's how to set up your Windows Mobile device for WLAN access.
Quit typing your dog's name over and over: Tools like KeePass and Clipperz can help make dealing with passwords simpler and more secure.
A pair of passwords could be leaving your router — and your network — vulnerable to attack. Learn how to batten down your network and choose secure passwords.
In this article, we examine wireless networking, and how it can provide flexibility while cutting costs for small businesses.
This Linux-based notebook is sold with an accompanying subscription service that covers everything you need for operating system, applications and drivers.
As we near the one-year anniversary of Windows Vista's launch, it's time to revisit our popular Windows Vista Tips & Tricks series with thirteen new Vista tips and secrets for getting the most out of Microsoft's latest operating system.
This Wi-Fi surveillance camera lets you keep an eye (and ear) on your business from anywhere.
Surveys suggest that most people aren't familiar with Internet-based productivity applications, so this week we'll take a look at the pros and cons of using one as an alternative or adjunct to conventional business software.
Looking for a way to share storage on your network? If you have more time, space and PCs than you do disposable cash, FreeNAS is an excellent and free option. We show you how you set it up.
The cure for WEP insecurity is pretty simple: Switch to WPA. It's been around for about four years now, so if your wireless router is that recent, it probably supports WPA. Here's how to switch.
Running your business over a network -- even if it's only to share Internet access -- can help you be more productive and efficient. We take a look at the basic components of a network and how they all fit together.
IMAP offers a way to have the same flexibility you get with Webmail without giving up the POP's capability to use the e-mail software of your choice or work with mail offline.
If you're looking for fast, vast external storage, Fabrik's latest offering has plenty to offer, but it's capacity and capabilities come with a caveat.
Whether or not you believe in Santa Claus, we suspect you believe in the power of giving--or at least, in the power of Wi-Fi. We've assembled a list of the latest and greatest Wi-Fi-related gift ideas, ranging from the most practical to the most playful.
Can't reach a Web site or send and receive e-mail? Tucked away into Windows XP is a built-in utility called Network Diagnostics that can save some time and effort by automatically scanning various aspects of your connection with a single click.
In the third installment of our series on remote access, we provide step-by-step instruction on how to get or give technical help in Windows XP or Vista with Remote Assistance.
Last week we took a look at Remote Desktop, a Windows feature that lets you remotely access and control your system from a distance. This week we'll explore an alternative way to achieve the same thing using a subscription-based remote access service.
Seagate's latest Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus external storage drive stores, safeguards and synchronizes data, and it does disaster recovery to boot.
A variety of remote access services will let you reach your computer from wherever you happen to be. But if you'd like remote access without a monthly fee, check out Windows Remote Desktop feature.
You don't have to resign yourself to paying cable modem rental fees in perpetuity. You may be able to save yourself some money over the long run by buying your own cable modem.
The company's latest Smartphone goes easy on the razzle-dazzle in favor of more corporate-friendly features.
FolderShare is one of Microsoft's Windows Live services and this free (albeit beta) product is an easy way to keep the same data up to date on several systems.
Gigabit Ethernet is now inexpensive and ubiquitous enough for home or small office networks. This week, we look at when Gigabit Ethernet is useful and explore how to add it without having to replace existing network hardware.
The durable SoMo 650 demonstrates shows how a stand-alone PDA can still be an important tool for many businesses.
Iomega's newest StorCenter packs one terabyte of RAID storage into a small and inexpensive package.
If you want to share your storage across a network, or think you might in the future, connecting devices directly to a PC isn't the best option. We look at several options for networked storage.
The same UPS that powers a PC for about 20 minutes will likely run your gateway and router a good deal longer perhaps for several hours.
Data Robotics' Drobo makes setting up and maintaining large amounts of protected storage almost effortless.
Sending large files can be a hassle, but instant messaging and direct transfer software offer a way around e-mail or third-party hosting.
How does Microsoft's free Virtual PC 2007 stack up against the competition when it comes to running multiple operating systems on a single physical computer.
Ever send an e-mail that appears to leave your outbox, but then later you find a notice that delivery failed? You're not alone — sending large files often fails. Fortunately, alternatives abound.
FarStone's DriveClone 3 Pro offers cost-effective, comprehensive data and system protection, but the software could use improvement.
Free utilities may lack the polished interface and some of the features you typically get with commercial software, but for most people, free security software can be a cost-effective way to protect one or more PCs.
Network management tools typically cost several hundred dollars or more, but The Dude is free. While the oddly named utility doesn't offer the same level of polish, it's certainly serviceable, provided you're willing to spend time figuring out its rather idiosyncratic interface.
We-Fi's software utility makes finding open Wi-Fi networks a group undertaking.
The Treo's QWERTY thumb-keyboard may be easy to use, but it's no match for a full-size keyboard for heavy typing. Palm's Wireless Keyboard offers your thumbs a needed rest.
While there are lots of hotspots out there, they don't exactly provide blanket coverage. Wouldn't it be nice if some private wireless networks were available for use by people who need Internet access?
IP address conflicts are usually temporary, but you can't count on them to always resolve themselves. This week, we'll look at likely causes of IP address conflicts and some ways to address them.
In this edition of our Vista Tips series, we'll tackle tips, tricks and tools for optimizing performance under Windows Vista while ensuring that you're taking full advantage of Windows Vista's advanced security features.
You probably wonder why e-mail providers can't simply block all spam before it gets to you. The truth is there's only so much they can do. The rest is up to you.
The Seagate FreeAgent Pro offers spacious storage capacity, up to three interface choices including eSATA and a reasonable price.
The firmware options for a given router are typically limited to those provided by the manufacturer of the device. But on some routers you can install third-party firmware versions that may enhance the router's existing features and even add some new ones.
More and more people want to take advantage of remote access, but your PC has to be on to be accessible, right? Well, yes and no, thanks to a technology called Wake on LAN.
This utility can't prevent your handheld from disappearing, but it can keep unauthorized people from accessing it or getting to the data it contains.
It's not hard to see the appeal of easy-to-install USB WLAN adapters, but how do you ensure you are getting the best results?
SimpleTech's line of attractive external hard drives get its design from the world of Italian sports cars. And the performance packs panache, too.
If you can't decide between local and networked storage, TrekStor offers a kind of hybrid that has characteristics of both a NAS device and a USB- or Firewire-connected hard drive.
If you have several systems running Windows XP SP2, Windows Connect Now provides a way to avoid some of the time-consuming and error-prone tasks involved in configuring a wireless network.
The presence of SSL can often lead to a false sense of security because it protects your data only from being intercepted while in transit from your computer to a merchant's site.
The Myshare NAS device offers basic, reliable features and vast capacity at a price that won't break your budget.
HP's latest business notebook features function over flash, along with a generous helping of security.
Whether you've already made the move to Vista or are about to, we have some Windows Vista tips and tricks that should help ease the transition to Microsoft's latest operating system.
While the Bluetooth probably conjures up images of people appearing to talk to themselves, the technology is useful for much more than voice. For example, Bluetooth shines for wireless data networking for up to 32 feet.
This week, we take a look at how to set up and use the firewall feature built into Windows XP Service Pack 2. We also discuss why you might need more protection than Microsoft offers.
With a starting price tag flirting with two grand, WhatsUp Gold certainly isn't for every business, but there's no question that those willing to pony up the cost will get an enormously powerful and flexible network management utility in return.
There are two kinds of people: Those who have switched to voice over IP service and those who are thinking about it. If you fall into the latter category, these frequently asked questions will help you make your decision.
Having a printer for each computer on your network is usually overkill. A better use of money and space is to set up a networked printer that everyone can share. This week, we explore three printer-sharing methods and discuss the pros and cons of each.
This small hardware appliance safeguards your laptop from network infections.
Seemingly minor and easily overlooked settings can still have profound security implications. Here are some steps you can take to make sure your wired or wireless home router and by extension, your network is as secure as possible.
When you can't get an Internet connection, a common response is to reboot the computer, router and/or DSL or cable modem. But this should be the last resort. Rebooting everything may clear up the problem, but it won't shed any light on where the problem started in the first place.
So adept at picture, video and audio you might sometimes forget it's also a phone.
Iomega's StorCenter Pro NAS 150d sets itself apart with hot-swappable drives and an integrated print server.
Netgear's Cordless Internet Phone with Skype lets you roam your home or office wirelessly and route your calls over either the Internet or traditional landlines.
With the right (inexpensive) equipment, you can use the AC wires in your walls to transmit data along with electricity.
Network Magic provides information about your network and helps facilitate tasks such as sharing folders or printers. It should be on the must-try list for any small-office setting.
Browsing isn't the only thing people use the Internet these days. In fact, for just about any Internet-based application other than Web browsing, the speed of your upstream connection is sometimes more important than your downstream connection.
Using a home network management utility is a good way to make Windows networking easier for novices and experienced users alike. We look the range of features offered in this genre of software.
In exchange for the Pocket PC Phone's excess size and weight, you get a device that can do just about everything but make cappuccino.
Pictures are worth many thousands of words in this tiny tome for wireless newbies who need a speedy education.
Skype is ushering in the New Year with an update to the Windows version of its software. Version 3.0 features a handful of tweaks designed to streamline the tabbed interface while also emphasizing features that were not always easy to find in previous versions.
FileHawk goes beyond simply searching your PC's hard drive by extending its search capabilities to CD/DVD drives, external hard drives, and flash memory drives, but does this new desktop search tool have enough to make up for its price tag and somewhat limited interface?
Buffalo Technology's DriveStation Duo comes with two hard drives that provide both high capacity and data security.
Netgear's SSL-based VPN appliance is less expensive and easier to set up than most conventional IPSec- based remote-access products.
WinNc.net file manager claims to bring back the best of the 80s with an abundance of goodies packed into a Norton Commander-esque file manager interface. While we found that WinNC.net offers many things missing in Windows Explorer, it doesn't always deliver as expected.
The online hotspot directory has upgraded its utility to provide an offline location search, coupled with VPN security for consumers, in a package that is as easy to use as they come.
Although it doesn't do networks, BackMaster 4.0 offers reliable disaster recovery and cost-effective backup for up to three systems.
You can take it with you. MojoPac lets you use your data and system settings on any Windows XP PC and you won't leave a data trail behind.
D-Link says its $99 device which includes a firewall, content controls, anti-virus, spam filtering and more, is a simpler and less-expensive way to protect multiple computers on a home or small-office network.
Next to the coffee maker, the Xerox WorkCentre 4150/S may be the most used piece of equipment in your office.
The software/service combo promises to offer an easy way to share files and gets around size and storage limitations you often encounter when dealing with e-mail attachments or online storage services.
Tired of Skype keeping you tethered to your computer just to save money on phone calls? Netgear offers a wireless handset. But is it worth the big bucks?
Stop procrastinating. Mozy's online backup service makes it relatively simple to securely safeguard your system's information.
If you're looking for an easy way to backup important data and get to it when you're away from home or office, the Mirra is definitely worth considering.
BackupExec System Recovery protects entire systems not just data from failure.
Parallels Workstation's virtualization technology lets you run multiple operating systems side-by-side on Windows desktops.
Netgear ups the ante on household electrical wiring, claiming its powerline adapter has a real-world throughput of around of 80 MB/sec. But can it handle streaming media?
With a major update of the popular Copernic Desktop Search tool on the way, we delve into the preview release of version 2.0 and reveal an important caveat about the upcoming release.
You don't need Skype to use this slick phone sold by the SIP-based VoIP vendors. You will, however, need to keep the power charger close.
Though it has an odd name, Spiceworks is a piquant tool for inventory and management of small-business networks.
This affordable, expandable NAS box offers small businesses an easy way to store and backup critical data.
Total Commander has persevered as one of the more powerful file management utilities available for Windows. While it retains a loyal following, will new users be able to look past a drab interface to its solid feature-set?
If you want to share peripherals among multiple computers in the same room, you may find that this stylish, easy-to-use keyboard-video-mouse switch worth its slightly higher price.
Jabber, Inc.'s instant messaging appliance lets small businesses add secure, encrypted chat to their business productivity arsenal.
The Cleaner Professional enters the competitive realm of PC protection, but how does it fare against larger, more-established anti-malware tools?
Ximeta's NetDisk offers SMBs a different approach to traditional NAS as a way to add shared storage to a network. Does its fast performance outweigh its shortcomings?
In this third and final installment of our series, we look at the hardware a PC needs in order to run the various versions of Microsoft's Vista. Whether you're upgrading or buying new, we'll tell you what you need to know.
Hamachi is a handy new freeware tool lets you easily create and manage your own "zero-configuration" virtual private networks (VPN). Hamachi's rather Spartan interface lends itself to simplicity, but it ensures encrypted communications using industry-standard protocols.
In part two of our Vista series, we take a closer look at new or newly improved features that could help your small business perform and produce more securely.
If you want to take more control over how your network performs, take a look at NetInfo; it wraps15 network utilities into one convenient package.
Looking for affordable network storage for file sharing or data backup? The Buffalo LinkStation Home Server NAS roams at home or the office.
The ultra-portable drive features lots of capacity, great software and an affordable price.
The roll out of Microsoft's new, long-promised operating system draws closer. We're kicking off a three-part series to look at what's new and what Vista offers small business.
Interface improvements and new features including some much-needed security put this home and small-office network management software in the must-try list.
30 Boxes, a remarkably powerful, flexible and easy-to-use calendar and schedule application is as close and accessible as the nearest browser.
When you've lost important data off your computer, all you can think about is whether you can get that data back. That's where PC Inspector File Recovery 4.0 comes in.
If you are unlucky enough to lack integrated Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, this USB adapter solves both problems.
Imation's Micro Hard Drive may not be the cheapest storage option going, but the 4GB drive packs a good mix of hot features and a cool design.
Deskloops free software from Xilokit organizes access to numerous open windows and apps in a way that is both easy and fun to work with.
Maxtor's One Touch III drive offers RAID technology that can improve performance or enhance data security.
FileEngine servers forgo fancy features and focus on the applications and support most small business need.
As long as you've got the right Wi-Fi router or access point, this utility will give up to five of your wireless computers a safe, secure feeling.
Can an amplified wireless router offer more distance and power for less money than MIMO?
The Yahoo Widget Engine lets you run small programs on your desktop anything from alarm clocks and calculators to stock ticker updates, weather forecasts, and even Wi-Fi signal strength indicators. You can even roll your own.
Lenovo bought IBM's PC division back in May of 2005 and has maintained the Thinkpad's superb reputation for ergonomic design and wealth of features. The new Z60t offers connectivity through the Verizon Wireless cellular network. We put the notebook to the test.
Here's a close look at SecureEasySetup's one-button configuration, and it delivers as promised: instantly configured wireless encryption.
Who wouldn't want to pay less for their phone service? That's just one of the advantages VoIP can offer small business, but it helps to understand what the technology is, how it works and how proper planning makes all the difference between success and failure.
Until someone ships a phone with true cellular/Wi-Fi convergence, this VoIP unit for connecting at some (but not all) WLANs and hotspots could be the best way to make cheap calls on the road.
ELI, Inc. offers small offices a wireless, broadband router and firewall that protects your network from viruses and spam and provides site-filtering capability. The big difference is that you don't configure or manage it ELI does.
A simple, less extensive, inexpensive alternative to big-name products such as Act and Outlook.
You can never be too rich, too thin or (thanks to digital music, photos and movies) have too much storage. To address expanding storage needs, Netgear's SC101 Storage Central lets you use inexpensive Enhanced IDE hard drives to create a network-attached repository for your data.
Is Your desktop a disaster? ObjectDock sets you on the road to tidy, organized recovery.
Though far from perfect, this WLAN software could help some SMBs configure their network as long as they have the right hardware.
If you're looking for a way to let your employees share calendars, contacts and schedules without the complexity and cost of MS Exchange, Ipswitch Collaboration Suite could do the trick.
The Ultimate Troubleshooter manages the multitude of background processes running on your computer resulting in improved performance, faster startup times and increased system stability.
Kaspersky Internet Security 2006 offers protection against just about every threat category at a price that undercuts the big-name brands. What's the trade off?
As long as you have the right hardware, you can get extra security for your small office with this service for only a few cents a day.
Maxtor moves its external backup drive solution from the desktop to the server. It's not perfect, but if all you need is basic backup, this hits the mark.
CCleaner (CrapCleaner) cleans out most of the digital debris that clogs up your PC. Best of all, it's free.
A look at a utility that promises to take the mystery out of running processes that bog down your system and may pose a threat to your PC's security.
Sometimes your Wi-Fi connection needs a little help. If you must overcome space, physical barriers or interference, the HomePlug Ethernet Adapter lets you extend your network using ordinary power outlets.
Copernic's desktop search tool features an attractive interface that manages to be user-friendly without being overly Spartan.
The iPAQ h6315 combines a phone and camera with two ways to surf the Web GSM and Wi-Fi.
At home, on the road or in between, remote access helps you be productive anytime, anywhere.
Print servers offer a more efficient way to share office printers, and Actiontec's latest offering takes a good, though not perfect, step forward.
Generally, an audit is the last thing you need. But we're not talking taxes; we're talking security. Learn how auditing can keep your network safer.
Enhancements and improvements abound in the 2005 edition of McAfee's all-in-one Internet Security Suite. But is the sum of the parts greater than the individual components?
If any of your employees rely on notebooks to work off site, you might consider a mobile firewall to protect company data.
Maxtor's newest external storage drive features software that makes automatic data backup easier than ever and SMBs can count on it to keep their data safe.
More than just a USB Flash drive, Migo's synchronization software lets you take your PC desktop settings and other aspects of your computing environment wherever you go.
One card from SanDisk gives your PDA 256MB of memory and wireless access without swapping cards.
Linksys NSLU2 Network Storage Link makes adding storage to your network simple and affordable, but we have a couple of serious caveats before you lay your money down.
Don't take chances when you set up a wireless network for your SMB. Buffalo provides a way to keep your network secure.
A premium price pays for the extras, such as a dial-up modem fail-over for continuous connectivity and a USB print server, but this all-in-one Wi-Fi device is one of the most full-featured 802.11g routers available on the market today.
Wireless arrives for home-office and small-office video conferencing with D-Link's latest i2eye broadband videophone, which is essentially the same as their wired version but with built-in 802.11b functionality.
If you don't need cutting edge wireless bandwidth (802.11g), this unit that combines storage, a wired router, and a wireless local area network access point in a single chassis, which may be the perfect solution for your small business.
This product might not live up to the triple-digit performance claims on the box, but it still provides a measurable and meaningful performance boost but with a caveat toward interoperability.
Clearly and unabashedly geared toward home broadband users, Microsoft's wireless router and access point is marred only by significant performance issues when Wi-Fi Protected Access security functions are turned on.
Have an older printer with a Centronics-style parallel port that you'd like to share among users in a small office? This unobtrusive print server can get you up and sharing a printer in no time.
Netgear's business-class access point benefits from the availability of 802.1X authentication, bridging modes, and a number of antenna options, making it well-suited for a variety of environments where a SOHO product might not cut it.
The ZyAIR B-2000 is a networking solution for home and small businesses, providing wireless access to computer networks with high-speed broadband Internet connections. What the B-2000 brings to the table, aside from 4-port built-in switch, is more sophisticated router capabilities.
Daring to be different, Apple makes the leap out of the wired office and into the wireless realm with a stylish of piece of computing hardware that's ready to hit the road.
Will this new breed of wireless router suit your small business networking needs? Learn just how well the DI-624 connects current types of 802.11-based wireless clients and where a tradeoff in performance might lurk.
Looking for a way to place a computer anywhere in a small office and still provide high-speed Internet access without running any cables? The NeverWire 14 HomePlug adapter from Phonex Broadband combines solid performance with a reasonable price, making it a worthy choice for networking non-mobile devices — without the wires.