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Did you know that 61 per cent of British businesses suffered computer-related crime last year? This
astonishing statistic is supplied courtey of the British Chamber of Commerce. And if that were not hyberbolic enough for you, how about another "fact":

"93% of firms experienced a virus attack or irregular intrusion" last year. That's what the BCC claims, entirely plausibly we think

It is difficult enough to make a living as a plumber. or a hairdresser, or a shopkeeper without all those pesky virus-writers, hackers and disaffected employees intruding all over the computer systems in an irregular manner. People who run small businesses can talk of little else but this pandemic of computer mischief-making when they gather in Britain's saloon bars and the golf courses.

As for trading online: the world is full of Nigerians and sundry credit card fraudsters waiting in ambush.
Here the BCC is making itself useful. It's running a series of e-Security seminars countrywide for SMEs to "help protect them against modern security risks related to trading online". You can find out more at
www.chamberonline.co.uk
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