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For Business Managers and Self-Employed Professionals

This section is for an organization with a handful to a few hundred employees, in one or more locations, that utilizes information technology to support conventional business processes. If this describes your company and you're involved in technology decisions, read these articles to learn about current products and services available, how you can utilize them in your business, and challenges you might face, with insight and analysis you can use to make profitable decisions.

There are 22 articles in this category.

Business Classifications for IT Management
Is your business a SOHO, SMB, or Enterprise? Is your management approach correct for your classification? Should you upgrade your equipment, software, and services to match your requirements and get better value? Or, conversely, could your IT systems manager be overselling you on products that you don't need? Learn how to assess your operations so you can apply the management model and IT products that will maximize value and minimize risk.

Is Microsoft going to charge a subscription fee for Windows 10? Learn the answer, and what impact Microsoft's new method of delivering and supporting Windows might have on your business.

Password Complexity and Expiration
Understanding why passwords have complexity requirements and expiration dates, how you should configure such policies on your own systems, and what you should do with accounts on partners' or third-party websites

Bad Password Practices
Do your users have bad habits when it comes to password security? Does your business culture encourage this? If you're not sure, read this article.

Passwords and E-mail—A Dangerous Combination
Learn about risks and problems with systems that allow users to reset their password through e-mail alone.

About the Free Upgrade to Microsoft Windows 10
Who is eligible, time deadlines, and more

The Windows 10 Free Upgrade of 2015
Deceptive practices, unwanted upgrades, and more shenanigans from Microsoft

Google Apps and G Suite
An overview of the business applications offered by Google, Google Accounts and editions of G Suite (formerly Google Apps), pricing and features, and a little history

What's Probably Wrong with your Unmanaged IT System
Here is a list of the most common things we find are wrong with the typical unmanaged IT system, costing time, money, and productivity while increasing risk of data loss or downtime.

All about the inexpensive laptop running on a Google software platform. Covers related devices like the Chromebox, Chromebase

Your Public Internet Presence
What you should know about your domain name registration, website hosting, and e-mail.

The "Goto Fail" and "Heartbleed" Bugs
They were called the worst security flaws in Internet history. Read about what happened, what was done to fix them, and their implications for the future of Internet security.