Three Things Small Businesses Should Look for in '09

  Government, Politics and the Economy Three Things to Watch in the Second Half of '09 Halfway through the year is a good time to pause, reflect, and take inventory. We have probably survived the worst of the recession but the question is, what's next? Here are three things to keep an eye on. Tyson: More Stimulus Needed According to Obama advisor Laura Tyson, the US should consider a second stimulus package focusing on infrastructure projects because the $787 billion approved in February was “a bit too small.” Management and Operations [Read Full Article]

The State of Small Business in America

  Government and Economy That State of Small Business in America Last week, CEO of Network Solutions Roy Dunbar hosted a webinar with small business experts Kristina Bouweiri, Anita Campbell, Tom Heath, Kelly Muccio and Surfy Rahman. They discussed the state of small businesses in the US and what SMB owners could do right now to increase sales and here are the insights they shared. Management and Financial Issues Survey: Small Businesses Turning Away From Green Initiatives According to a Wells Fargo/Gallup Survey, one-third of small business owners say that the recession has changed their plans to make their businesse... [Read Full Article]

Jobless Benefits to Expand as Cities Ease Advertising Restrictions

Government and Economy Obama May Expand Jobless Benefits President-elect Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats are considering a major expansion of government-assisted health care insurance and unemployment benefits. Cities Easing Sign Restrictions A number of communities are lifting—or are considering relaxing—restrictions on sidewalk signs and banners to help shore up businesses struggling to survive a recession that has both slowed consumer spending and depleted municipal tax revenue. Tech Giants Hunting for Cheap Startups With valuations sinking a... [Read Full Article]

Ransomware: Paying for Your Own Files

We have discussed computer security on this page before. Making sure your IT systems—even of that translates into a humble desktop unit that dates to the Clinton Administration—are safe and secure is important for any business of any size. After all, any loss of data can easily have repercussions far larger than the loss itself. But what if something happens—some nasty bit of malware infects your computer—and instead of losing your data, you are forced to pay to be able to access it? Yes, you read it right: What if your files were being held for ransom right on your own hard drive? They call it ransomware, for obvious reasons. It works by hitching a ride on a Trojan horse virus or some other piece of malware your system isn’t ready for. Once there, instead of shutting you down or having all your personal information e-mailed to the hacker that sent the thing to you, it works by making encrypted copies of your files and then erasing the originals. T... [Read Full Article]