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Trend Micro Unmasks FakeAV June 18, 2010

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TrendMicro_logo We all know what a pain FakeAV has been over the course of the last few years. It seems to be the problem that just won’t die. Well, in an attempt to educate the SMB community on this problem, Trend Micro released a white paper today called Unmasking FakeAV. This document seeks to educate users on how rogue antivirus or FAKEAV applications arrive on systems and to let them know what Trend Micro solutions they can use to combat these threats. FAKEAV threats have been rampant in the past few years and are definitely here to stay. Various FAKEAV variants have, in fact, infected millions of PCs and are continuously spreading worldwide.

Download Unmasking FakeAV

We recommend you use this document as a tool to help educate your customers about this problem. Hopefully, we can encourage Trend Micro to develop similar content in video form that can be shared more readily with customers using e-mail, social media platforms or webinars. So take this opportunity to keep your customer up to date on this threat and demonstrate the value that you and your company delivers.


Check out the New SMBTN Online Community! March 10, 2010

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After months of work, we officially opened up the new SMBTN Online Community on February 1, 2010. A little more than a month later, we have over 200 members on this private, SMB focused, social network. If you haven’t checked it out yet, we invite you to do so at http://Community.SMBTN.org.  Each member can build a profile that establishes their expertise and optionally provides contact information so other members can partner with them. You can blog from your profile, add  pictures, links, video and other content, some of which we plan to feature in upcoming issues of the SMBTN weekly newsletter. You can even link your Twitter, Facebook and Flickr accounts to your profile.

However, this is just the start. We are working on new communities and forums and content providers. Those of you that make use of the SMBTN Community Toolbar will also find many new features in it that will connect you better to the new community and make it easier for you to share content with your peers and other community members.

So check it out and let us know what you think. We need your feedback and hope that you will see this as a good start on a great improvement. Please feel free to post any comments or suggestions that you might have below.

Cast your Vote for the 150 Most Influential People in SMB March 10, 2010

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We all know lots of people that we respect in the field of SMB IT – peers, vendor representatives, authors, and SMB community members who help us innovate, connect and refine our industry. With this in mind, SMBTN has joined with SMB Nation and SMB-PC Magazine to identify the 150 most influential people in SMB, or the SMB 150 as we like to call them.

Why 150? Well, the concept for the SMB 150™ was based on Dunbar’s number, a theoretical cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships. These are relationships in which an individual knows who each person is, and how each person relates to every other person. We suggest this principle fits well with the SMB community.

So, how do you cast your vote? Simple, all you need to do is click here to take the SMB 150 survey and cast your vote for up to 15 people. The 150 most frequently recognized individuals recognized in the survey will be recognized as members of the SMB 150™ and featured on the SMB150.com website and other media. Hence, we encourage you to not only to take the survey but to help us get the word out about it by Tweeting it, posting it on Facebook or LinkedIn or other important sites and forums.

Make Recurring Revenue With SonicWALL GMS October 26, 2009

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VALogoFrom time to time, Virtual Administrator holds webinars about their products and how you can use them to generate recurring revenue. Their next webinar is this Tuesday, October 27th, at 2pm EST. They will be discussing their hosted SonicWALL Global Management System (GMS for short) and how you can use it to generate revenue. Jan Sijp from SonicWALL will be our guest presenter. Feel free to join us by going to https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/803176467  and registering for the event.

I would also like to take this opportunity to intoduce you to Paul Barnett, the Marketing Director for www.VirtualAdministrator.com, an SMBTN Partner. Over the coming months, Paul hopes to familiarize you with Virtual Administrator and how they can help you grow your business. He will also offer you some bits of information and advice on how to effectively manage and market your enterprise. Finally, he will be following this blog and will answer as many questions as he can. So I encourage you to post your comments and ask him anything you like. If you would like to contact Paul directly, you can e-mail him at paul@VirtualAdministrator.com. In the meantime, I hope you will  join me in welcoming Paul and Virtual Administrator to the SMB Technology Network.


Jim Locke
SMB Technology Network

Last Chance to Register for SMB Nation for SMBTN Rate of $399 September 18, 2009

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Friday, September, 18, 2009, is your last opportunity to sign up for SMB Nation for the special SMBTN rate of $399.

We also want to bring to your attention two special pre-day training events:

Trend Micro SMB Security Certification – This is your opportunity to be amongst the first of your peers to be certified under the new security certification program that SMBTN has been working with Trend Micro on for over a year. Free one day certification.

Speakeasy VOIP Certification – Did you know the average SMBTN member participating in our program with Speakeasy earns over $450 per month in recurring revenue? This is your chance to get sertified to sell Speakeasy VOIP, T1, DSL and other services. This program alone can pay for your trip to Vegas. We also got the folks at Speakeasy to cram two days of content into a single day.

So don’t delay, sign up for SMB Nation Today at:

If you have any questions, please call SMBTN Member Services at (888) GO-SMBTN or send an e-mail to MemberServices@SMBTN.org.

One More Chance to Attend SMB Nation for $399 September 2, 2009

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Due to the excellent response we received on the block of tickets we purchased for SMB Nation on behalf of our members, we have purchased an additional block of tickets and expanded our involvement in the event. Specifically, we will be co-sponsoring the following two pre-day certification training events:

  • Trend Micro’s Worry-Free Security Certification Training
  • Speakeasy VOIP Certification

SMBTN Business and Community members in good standing may register for either of these pre-day events and still get the SMBTN price of $399 for SMB Nation Fall 2009 if you register by midnight on September 18, 2009.

Click Here to Register for this Event. Space is limited so don’t delay! You must act before September 18, 2009 to take advantage of this offer.

We hope you will consider joining us for SMB Nation Fall 2009. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact SMBTN Member Services.

Speakeasy VOIP Certification offered at SMB Nation September 2, 2009

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speakeasyWant to show a return on your investment in SMB Nation? Here is an easy way to do it. Sign up for the 1-day Speakeasy VOIP Certification pre-day on October 1.  Each month, SMBTN sends its participating Business Members thousands of dollars in commissions for Speakeasy voice and high-speed Internet services. Speakeasy has been continuously ranked amongst the top ISP’s in the country in customer satisfaction. Commissions are paid to business members in good standing for as long as the customer maintains service with Speakeasy. Its a great way to build quality services and recurring revenues into your business model.

Speakeasy’s Certified Voice Partners are trained experts in Voice sales and installation, delivering market-leading telecommunications services to their small business clients while generating additional revenues for their own firms. Training will include a comprehensive overview of Speakeasy’s products and services, coverage of Speakeasy network advantages and Voice selling skills, as well as installation and configuration of IP Phones and Routers.

Register for the training TODAY!

Join Harry Brelsford for a Beer in Pasadena September 2, 2009

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Lucky BaldwinsWhether you are local or are braving the smoky skies of Los Angeles for the ITExpo Telephony/VOIP Show, you are invited to join Harry Brelsford, Jay Weiss and a cast of your peers at Luck Baldwin’s Pub in Old Town Pasadena for a beer and some great conversation.

Lucky Baldwin’s is located at:

17 S Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91105-1913
(626) 795-0652
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Diskeeper Offers Managed Services Pilot Program July 30, 2009

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DiskeeperWe are pleased to announce a new pilot program that will permit SMBTN members to obtain a new managed services license for the Diskeeper Pro and Diskeeper Server products. To further sweeten the pot, Diskeeper Reseller Manager Anthony Crea will send a copy of Diskeeper’s administrator tool to anyone ordering any combination of 20 or more licenses.

The SMBTN/Diskeeper Managed Services Pilot Program can be accessed by visiting, www.bit.ly/SMBTN . As this program is currently exclusive to SMBTN, you must be a member and be registered as a Diskeeper Channel Partner

Once registered, SMBTN members can visit the Diskeeper Managed Services page to order and download Diskeeper Pro and Diskeeper Server.

Pricing is as follows:

  • Diskeeper Pro: $2.50 per month
  • Diskeeper Server: $14.00 per month

Credit card billing begins on the initial order date and recurs monthly (based on that initial order date). Software quantities can be added and removed at any time. Updates and upgrades are automatically included.

Our goal is to make this as easy as possible to order and deploy and, as this is a pilot program, we are looking for input and suggestions to make this a success for all. Please post your comments here.

Microsoft Critical Product Vulnerability Alert July 30, 2009

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Glenn Osako, Microsoft’s Partner Territory Manager for the Western Region, has asked me to bring this Critical Vulnerability Alert to the attention of our members. Microsoft recommends that customers prepare their systems and networks to apply this security bulletin immediately to help ensure their computers are protected. Additionally, they recommend that partners patch their own systems and then reach out to their customers to ensure that their systems are secure.  Attached are details of the security advisory & guidance.

This alert is to provide you with an overview of the Microsoft Security Advisory 973882, released on Tuesday, July 28, 2009. This security advisory provides information about our ongoing investigation into vulnerabilities in the public and private versions of Microsoft’s Active Template Library (ATL). In the advisory, we provide information about what Microsoft is doing in its ongoing investigation into the issue described, and we also offer guidance to both developers and IT professionals.

  •  Guidance for Developers (bulletin MS09-035): The Microsoft ATL is used by software developers to create controls or components for the Windows platform. Microsoft strongly recommends that developers who have built controls or components with ATL take immediate action to evaluate their controls for exposure to a vulnerable condition and follow the guidance provided to create controls and components that are not vulnerable. For more information on the vulnerabilities and guidance to address issues in ATL, see MS09-035, “Vulnerabilities in Visual Studio Active Template Library Could Allow Remote Code Execution.”
  • Guidance for IT Professionals (bulletin MS09-034): To help better protect customers while developers update their components and controls, Microsoft has developed a new defense-in-depth technology. This new defense-in-depth technology built into Internet Explorer helps to protect customers from future attacks using the Microsoft Active Template Library vulnerabilities described in this Advisory and Microsoft Security Bulletin MS09-035. IT professionals should first assess and prepare their own systems, then help their customers deploy the Internet Explorer Security Update offered in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS09-034, “Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer.”

Please see below for important resources and a bulletin summary.

 Key Resources

Full text of Security Advisory 973882 http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/advisory/973882.mspx

 New Bulletin Summary

Bulletin ID  Maximum Severity Rating  Vulnerability Impact  Restart Requirement Affected Software
Visual Studio(MS09-035) Moderate Remote Code Execution Requires restart Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003,Microsoft Visual Studio 2005,

Microsoft Visual Studio 2008,

Microsoft Visual C++ 2005, and

Microsoft Visual C++ 2008

Internet Explorer(MS09-034) Critical Remote Code Execution Requires restart Internet Explorer on Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008


Regarding Information Consistency

We recommend that Microsoft partners use the Microsoft TechNet Security TechCenter as a key source of security information: http://technet.microsoft.com/security, and that you sign up for comprehensive alerts at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/notify.mspx.  We strive to provide you with accurate information in static (this mail) and dynamic (Web-based) content. Microsoft’s security content posted to the Web is occasionally updated to reflect late-breaking information. If this results in an inconsistency between the information here and the information in Microsoft’s Web-based security content, the information in Microsoft’s Web-based security content is authoritative.