Unsolicited email or spam may be a mere nuisance for most emails users, but for an IT administrator spam is a headache and a major security threat. More than 3% of all spam includes a malware payload, but that doesn’t mean that the remainder is safe. Far from it. You can still be directed to a website that is infected by clicking on a link in that email.
The “do it yourself” craze is big, and there’s a good reason for that. You can learn a lot, save money, and ensure that things get done your way. But there’s a down side, as well. The success (or not) of DIY depends on both the nature of the project itself and on the person(s) doing it. While DIY might be a great choice for minor home improvement projects such as putting up wallpaper or laying tile, it can turn into a disaster – or even turn deadly – when amateurs decide to tackle electrical work or knock down structural walls. And painting a mural on your wall might turn out great for a do-it-yourselfer with some artistic talent, whereas it might not end up so well for someone who has never had an aptitude for art.
Google sounded the death knell of Postini when it started releasing similar features natively within Google Apps. Now Google has announced the end of Postini. This has presented a very real problem for 26 million Postini users – who can either pay more in the long run and use Google Apps, or move to another service to get what they need and avoiding paying for what they don’t.
While cloud-based email protection has brought many advantages to business, migrating from one provider to another can pose challenges. The Google product forums about the difference in services offered by Google may well be cause for concern for current customers.