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Email is top cloud application in Europe

(Maxwell Cooter, TechWorld) European cloud users see email as the first technology to be ported to the cloud, in stark contrast to North Americans who see software testing as the main reason to go down the cloud route. Furthermore, European companies are giving a massive thumbs-up to cloud with 70% of IT execs agreeing that "cloud services are becoming more important to organizations as solutions to practical problems".

The findings were revealed by a new survey carried out assessing the attitudes to cloud technology within a group of IT professionals in the UK, Germany, France and Italy. The survey, carried out by F5, followed a similar exercise carried out earlier in the year in North America.

Not only is email the favorite cloud application with 58% of European companies considering it being actively used, but it's also top of the pops when it comes to the application expected to grow fastest with 58% of respondents expecting to see growth.
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Enterprises Ready to Turn to Cloud E-Mail

(Maxwell Cooter, CIO) The battle for email cloud is set to heat up as enterprises start to rethink their email strategies, that's according to Forrester chief analyst, Ted Schadler.

In a new Forrester report, Four Giants Compete For Your Cloud Email Business, Schadler explains how the advent of cloud services is going to shake up enterprises' spending on email.

Email is going to the first large-scale cloud application wrote Schadler. "The reasons are simple: Email in the cloud is cheaper; it will evolve faster; and it is a commodity application that an email provider can run." Not only that, it's a great test bed to master the issues of cloud computing providers. And we're not talking about being a little cheaper either. Cloud-based email is going to be a lot cheaper "unless you're a 50,000-person company with a highly centralised email platform or you run hardware and software until it's old and crusty and a decade behind the times." Schadler wrote.

But when it comes to deciding which company is going to dominate the market, the issue is not so clear cut. With four major companies offering similarly priced services, the differentiators are going to be the level of integration that they offer.
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Your email address says more about you than you think

(Zack Whittaker, ZDNet) The email address you use shows more about you than you think. There is a psychology to everything, and using the 'wrong' email address could cost you an employment opportunity or more.

It sounds simple enough, but I do worry that many of my generation don’t quite see things from a prospective employer’s perspective. I can, in all honesty, because to me an email address guarantees somebody’s relationship with a company, and can be used to prove an identity on behalf of an organisation.

Email has not gone out of fashion with the younger generation. Devices such as the iPhone and the BlackBerry have brought email directly into the hands of already-digitised young adults. Social networking increases, but email has remained steady and will increase exponentially throughout their university timeline - and onto their careerpath.

And remember:
  1. It’s the first thing they see
  2. Your email can pre-determine the outcome
  3. Personal email accounts just look trashy
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Mac Users Do Not Spam, Linux Users Do

(Wolfgang Gruener, ConceivablyTech) MessageLabs has released a new issue of its monthly intelligence report, which reveals interesting statistics of spam originating from client computers that are infected by botnets. Not surprisingly, most spam comes from Windows users, but Linux systems are five times more likely to be sending spam than Windows. And: There is virtually no spam that is sent from Apple Mac computers.

Spam still accounts for nine out of ten emails (89.9%) sent, one in 341 emails contains malware and one in 455 emails carries a phishing attack. Spam is dominated by botnets that infect client computers around the globe and use their connectivity to send out emails.[...]The entire spam volume caused by all botnets currently monitored is about 121 billion messages per day from up to 5.6 million computers. Non-botnet spam is only 7 billion messages per day, bringing the total spam volume to just above 128 billion messages per day.

If we look at the PCs that are controlled by the botnets and that are sending the spam, and break them down by operating system, MessageLabs’ data shows, not surprisingly, that 92.65% of all spam came from Windows machines, 0.001% from Mac OS X systems and 5.14% from Linux computers in March 2010.
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Top 10 Mobile Trends of 2010

(Richard MacManus, ReadWriteWeb) Just as businesses in the PC-based Web spent years in the 90's wondering if a desktop app or web browser based service was the best choice, in 2010 the same question applies to mobile phone applications.

1. Native App and/or Browser Based?
Organizations are asking themselves: should we build a native mobile phone app, or should we build a cross-platform browser-based mobile service? If they choose the former, which platform(s) do they focus on first? The choices include iPhone, Android, RIM, Palm, Windows Mobile and Symbian.
2. Privacy
Location-based mobile apps have been a big trend in 2010, but there are significant privacy implications for these apps.
3. Emerging Wireless Standards
Think your smart phone is cool now? Wait till it gets RFID chips, then it'll truly be 'smart.'

Read more by following the "full article" link.

Moreover, you can learn here how to setup your mail server on your smart phone and enjoy access to messages, contacts, calendars and tasks anytime, anywhere (via Push email & PIM synchronization).
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10 ways to make sure your data doesn't walk out the door

(Debra Littlejohn Shinder, TechRepublic) Many organizations focus on protecting against external attacks but ignore a threat that might be even more destructive: data theft by someone inside the company. Here’s an up-to-date look at critical areas of concern.

Hacker attacks that bring down the network get a lot of attention, so companies concern themselves with protecting against those threats. In this article, we’ll take a look at what you should be doing to keep your data from walking out the door.
  1. Practice the principle of least privilege and put policies in writing
  2. Set restrictive permissions and audit access
  3. Use encryption
  4. Implement rights management
  5. Restrict use of removable media
  6. Keep laptops under control
  7. Set up outbound content rules
  8. Control wireless communications
  9. Control remote access
  10. Beware of creative data theft methods
Read more by following the "full article" link.
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Top 10 tech skills for 2010

(Jody Gilbert, TechRepublic) What areas should you focus on over the next year? This survey-based list highlights the 10 most sought-after IT skills.

At the end of last year, the Global Knowledge/TechRepublic 2010 Salary Survey asked, “What skill set will your company be looking to add in 2010?”. The skills listed by respondents include a mix of perennial favorites and cutting edge technologies. Here’s the complete list:
  1. Project management
  2. Security - It’s a never-ending game of cat and mouse for security professionals, and 2009 proved to be another fun-filled year. According to Symantec’s Security and Storage Trends to Watch report, the number of spam messages containing malware increased ninefold, to represent more than 2% of emails.
  3. Network administration - Networking administration skills never lose their luster.
  4. Virtualization — Cloud - With the cloud computing space now taking shape, it’s difficult for enterprises to find pros with substantial relevant experience.[...]
Read more by following the "full article" link.
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Email Use Is Increasing

(Morgan Stewart,emailInsider) The Wall Street Journal is the latest to jump on the "email is dead" bandwagon. The article, "Why Email No Longer Rules... and what that means for the way we communicate," opens with the proclamation, "Email has had a good run as king of communications. But its reign is over." But they couldn't be more wrong. Email's future is looking even brighter today than it was just three years ago. Here's why:

Increased use of social media drives increased use of email
Among those using social media more over the past six months, 44% also report using email more, compared to only 4% using email less.[...]

Smartphones are driving more email use
43% of Blackberry users and 42% of iPhone users report using email more often over the past six months, compared to fewer than 3% who are using email less often. Monday, a press release from the Radicati Group estimated 139 million mobile email users. They also said, "Over the next four years, we expect this figure to increase at an average annual rate of 68%, totaling over 1 billion mailboxes by year-end 2013." Smartphones are also changing how email is used among college students.[...]

Read more by following the "full article" link.
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10 email scams to watch out for

(Debra Littlejohn Shinder, TechRepublic) If it seems like you’re getting hit with more email scams than ever, you’re right. Email scams have been with us since the Internet went commercial back in the early 1990s. But scammers have gotten more sophisticated, and some of the more recent email scams are harder to detect — unless you know what you’re looking for.

Let’s look at some of the email scams that are currently going around the Internet and how you (and your users) can recognize them and keep from being victimized by them:
  1. Fake Facebook “friend” messages
  2. Fake admin messages
  3. Fear-mongering messages
  4. Account cancellation scams
  5. Bogus holiday cards
  6. Phantom packages
  7. Threats from the government
  8. Census survey says…
  9. In Microsoft (or Apple or Dell or HP) we trust
  10. You’re a winner! [...]
View the original article and learn more about email scams by clicking on the "full article" link.
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E-Mail Tips From Hassle-Free PC

(PC World) Blogger Rick Broida shares a few tips on how to improve your Gmail and Outlook experience:

Manage Multiple Gmail Accounts With Gmail Manager
At the risk of sounding greedy, I have five Gmail accounts. Hey, Google makes the rules, not me. Gmail accounts are free, and there's no limit on how many a single person can have. However, checking all those accounts gets to be pain, what with all the signing in and signing out. That's why I rely on one of my all-time favorite Firefox extensions: Gmail Manager.

True to its name, the add-on lets you manage multiple Gmail accounts from within the comfy confines of your browser. After installing it and configuring your accounts in the Preferences, you'll see a Gmail Manager status bar in the bottom-right corner of the browser window. Mouse over it for a pop-up listing your newest messages. Click it to open Gmail in a new tab. Or right-click it to select a different account.

Gmail Manager has loads of options you can tweak, like new-mail notifications, a numeric unread-mail count, and a pop-up "snippet" box. In short, it does everything you could want short of actually reading your mail for you. This is a killer extension and a must-have for anyone who uses multiple Gmail accounts.
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Expand your email options with alternative Linux clients

Email clients are often loaded down with too many features. Rather than one big groupware package such as Outlook or Evolution, sometimes a simple email client is all you need. We look at three Linux email-only clients and see how they fare against today's standards. The email clients we'll look at are Balsa, KMail, and Sylpheed.

Balsa
Ten years ago when it was still in beta, this application was solid, reliable, and user-friendly. It didn't have extensions, spell check, or junk mail. Balsa simply read, replied to, deleted and saved your email.

Balsa was the first GUI tool that I used in Linux whose sole purpose was to process email. It wasn't part of the quickly outmoded Mozilla; it integrated with my desktop in both look and feel, which was important. I'll always remember how different Mozilla looked when it fired up; at the time, I was trying desperately to make my Linux desktop not look like the old-school Unix-like desktop, and Balsa gave me that ability. (Article in full and in original, available from ZD Net)
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