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Symantec Corp. | 05 Mar 2014 | 0 comments

The clock is ticking down on Windows XP.  Microsoft will end technical assistance for the 12-year-old operating system on April 8 and effectively stop delivering automatic updates and security patches to Windows XP users. Although many consumers, small businesses and even large enterprises have already transitioned to newer and more secure systems, an estimated 30 million desktop operating systems still run on Windows XP today and could be left vulnerable after April 8. 

At Symantec, we firmly believe running up-to-date security products is a critical step in protecting your small business’ information and devices. However, even the best security products can’t fully protect an outdated operating system. XP users will face increased risks after April 8 as cybercriminals try to take advantage of vulnerabilities. 

Symantec products will continue to...

andysinger | 15 Jan 2014 | 0 comments

Small businesses can benefit greatly by using the latest technologies to improve operational efficiency and innovation, but they can also open the door to a host of headaches. In 2014,  we will see continued consumer emphasis on privacy and the growth of Internet of Things and mobile, which will have a direct impact on small businesses and they way they do business.  

All eyes will be on protecting Privacy.

From scary headline news to a much needed wake-up call, consumers and small businesses are becoming more mindful about the amount of personal information that’s shared and collected on a daily basis.  In 2014, we expect to see privacy protection emerge as a feature in new and existing products.  But this new feature will inevitably spark a debate on whether or not these features actually provide real or meaningful privacy protection. Expect...

Grant M | 12 Jun 2013 | 1 comment

Most people are familiar with the concept of hidden costs. From building a house to getting a pet, there are always unanticipated expenses beyond the purchase price. Migrating to the cloud is no different. With 88 percent of SMBs now at least discussing cloud services, you’re probably well aware of all the benefits: speed, flexibility and the cost savings of a subscription model. But, we’ve found that many SMBs don’t always follow best practices when moving to the cloud and can end up taking on hidden costs, which counter many of these benefits or remove them completely.

Symantec’s recent report, Avoiding the Hidden Costs of the Cloud looks at some of the unforeseen costs SMBs have experienced in cloud deployments. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the relevant findings:

  • 7 in 10 SMBs have experienced rogue (unapproved by owner or IT...
Tom Powledge | 04 Jun 2013 | 0 comments

Here’s a number worth thinking about: According to estimates by research firm eMarketer, Inc., global e-commerce sales are expected to grow 18.3 percent to $1.298 trillion this year (Source: eMarketer, Jan 2013). So, what does this mean for you?

Every business, no matter the size, has an opportunity when it comes to e-commerce – it’s not just large retailers, though they do account for the biggest slice of the gigantic pie. As a small business you need to use the Web to attract, find, communicate, service and sell to your customers. It’s a cornerstone of staying competitive and essential if you’re keen to grow.

It may seem simple to open an e-commerce business or add e-commerce to your website. But, many business owners rush in and don’t take the time to lay the proper groundwork before they go live. It...

Philip Routley | 31 May 2013 | 1 comment

Real world tests show Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition 2013 leads the pack

Symantec’s endpoint solutions, designed for consumers, small businesses and enterprises, were recently awarded top honors from Dennis Technology Labs, specializing in security testing that uses a world-class anti-malware framework.

  • Symantec received Dennis Technology Labs’ “AAA” rating and received the highest scores across every category in its Anti-Malware testing.
  • Norton Internet Security scored the highest for home protection, while Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition 2013 (SEP SBE 2013) won for small business protection and Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 won in enterprise protection.

SEP SBE 2013 was the only small business solution to receive the Dennis Technology Labs AAA award. Testing was performed over a 3 month period...

Paul Wood | 28 May 2013 | 1 comment

In the remake of the classic heist film Ocean’s Eleven, a group of thieves creates an intricate plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously. Due to advanced security, however, they have to gather an enormous amount of intelligence on the businesses in order to stand a chance of success. By way of comparison, today’s cybercriminals have a far simpler job when it comes to stealing what we value – our confidential data. In fact, we tend to do most of the work for them by putting so much information out there on social networking sites. And like someone flashing his winnings on the street outside the casino, it makes us an easy target for theft.

More than ever before, the bad guys are zeroing in on our information, and they’re using every means at their disposal to make their attacks more likely to succeed. And making matters worse, fewer defenses often means small businesses are increasingly in the crosshairs – 31 percent of the time,...

Symantec Corp. | 24 May 2013 | 1 comment

Posted on behalf of Brian Burch

There were 388 million entrepreneurs globally starting or running a new business last year.[i] These startups play a huge role in our economy and are leading the recovery in job creation – 85 percent of all new jobs in the European Union between 2002 and 2010 were created by small businesses,[ii] while 70 percent of new jobs in the U.S. come from startups and young businesses.[iii] But being a startup is no walk in the park. It takes more than a brilliant idea, a solid team to work on it and an endless supply of single-serve coffee for a startup to survive and thrive.

Your business is at its most vulnerable when it’s just starting out – finances are often on a knife-edge, you worry about who to trust with your business plan and who to hire. But risks go beyond...

Marian Merritt | 20 May 2013 | 0 comments


Small businesses are the economic backbone of this country. Yet, in the aftermath of manmade or natural disasters, an astounding 40% of small businesses never reopen. It doesn’t have to be this way; with preparation, organization and practice, owners and employees of small businesses can secure their future, despite what may come their way. In this 50th year of National Small Business Week, it’s the right time to put your plan together and into practice. The tips and advice here and at the websites I link to are also terrific resources and ideas for your home life, to make sure your family is safe and your important personal information secured.

56% of small businesses lack an emergency plan (source 2012 Ad Council survey)

I live in earthquake country. As a...

Paul Wood | 16 May 2013 | 1 comment

Social networking is a great way to find and keep customers. In fact, social media use by small businesses with fewer than 100 employees jumped from 44 percent to 53 percent last year, according to the SMB Group. But, brand building online can go horribly wrong quickly if cybercriminals hijack your accounts – the effects of which a number of well-known brands have experienced recently.

Attackers can do this any number of ways. They can go straight to the social network provider to try to steal your credentials, by pretending to be you. They may also try to exploit potential weaknesses in the lost password feature with information that can be obtained relatively easily on the Internet, such as where you were born or...

Symantec Corp. | 02 May 2013 | 0 comments

The best way to protect your business is to know what you need to protect it from. Last week, Symantec security experts Kevin Haley and Jay Epton engaged in a Twitter chat with Anita Campbell of Small Business Trends to discuss the findings of the Internet Security Threat Report Vol. 18 (ISTR), which reveals the current state of the threat landscape and an increase in focus being placed on SMBs by attackers. More than 600 tweets explore how cybercriminals are working to steal intellectual property and other confidential information from SMBs, and what you can do to protect your business.

If you missed the #SMBchat, here are some of the questions that were asked, with responses from Symantec experts and the SMB participants.

We keep hearing that cybercriminals change their tactics. What is the big takeaway from the ISTR 18?

  • Small businesses are now the target of 31% of all attacks, a threefold...