Checks And Balances

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  • S-Bridge version 3: If your business runs a small LAN with an Internet connection, you want to keep your system free from any potential viruses or unsolicited e-mail. Computer Mail Services' S-Bridge is designed to protect your LAN from junk mail and any viruses that may enter your system via file attachments.

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Cassandra Cavanah is a contributing editor of Portable Computing Direct Shopper magazine and has reported on the computer industry for nine years.

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This article was originally published in the May 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Checks And Balances.

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