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Are worries about spam, viruses and hackers keeping you up at night? Our Internet security guide will help you protect the future of your business so you can sleep soundly.

By Eric Bender

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Something is lurking in your inbox. A war driver is sniffing around your Wi-Fi. That e-mail attachment has bad intentions. Your passwords may be compromised. Hackers are salivating over your Web site. Sometimes, it feels like your business is under a constant security siege. Well, it's time to stop worrying and start getting savvy about network security. Knowledge and preparation are the only things standing between you and lost data, lost productivity and lost money. If you've been wondering about biometrics, are curious about the effectiveness of firewalls, or have concerns about employee espionage, then read on to see what experts and other entrepreneurs are doing about these and other issues. After all, when it comes to network security, prevention is more than half the battle. -A.C.K.

Putting the Heat on Spam

Spam isn't just annoying-it also costs your business money. It may be hard to quantify in dollars, but all that time you and your employees spend picking out the e-mail chaff from the e-mail wheat adds up to lost productivity and lost cash. Market and technology research firm Ferris Research Inc. estimates that spam cost American corporations more than $10 billion last year.

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