We've listed our most popular SMB tech tips for the year 2005. Whether you've read them once or never before, these practical, hands-on technology tips can help ease the pain of choosing or implementing all types of technology at small and midsized businesses. For a complete list of our tips, visit
IT cheat sheets for all
They may seem like no-brainers to you, but some of your IT tricks and workarounds look magical to your peers. We've collected our favorite IT cheat sheets on topics ranging from AS/400 to HTML and Outlook so that everyone can look like a whiz.
Check IT List: How to detect spyware on PCs
Network and security expert Ed Tittel offers 10 tips for making sure your company PCs aren't plagued by spyware.
Check IT List: How to prevent spyware
Stop spyware before it stops you. Here are 12 steps to prevent spyware before it infects your systems.
IT certifications: Are they worthy?
Not all IT certifications were created equal, and you should know your objectives before investing in classes and training.
Check IT List: Five (plus) steps to get certified
Signing up for IT certification exams is easy. Preparing and taking them is another story. Here are five easy steps (and more) to ensure certification success.
- VoIP quiz: Test your skills
How much do you know about VoIP? Are you ready to implement it, or have you already done so? Here's a quiz to see how much you know about VoIP.
- Essential security testing tools for SMBs
Kevin Beaver's security tool overview is jam-packed with detailed descriptions of who, what, why and how to use the tools.
- Check IT List: Seven steps to IT staffing
Help wanted -- on a small budget, that is. Here are seven steps to consider before hiring your next IT employee.
- Check IT List: Seven steps for a patch management process
Patch management is more than a one-time fix. Here are seven steps to get you started on your continuous patch management endeavors.
- Calculate your own IT ROI
How does your company measure up? Here's a calculator, provided by our partner, Alinean, that you can use to gauge where your company stands in terms of ROIT.
This was first published in December 2005