BT has launched PC Security Check, a new, easy to use service for small businesses that remotely tests a customer's computer and provides a status report on its security condition with recommendations on how to make it more secure.

A check takes half an hour, and involves a series of tests performed remotely over broadband on the computer and against the customer's network firewall by a BT technician.

The technician tests against a range of potential online threats, including spyware and known vulnerabilities. Because it is done remotely, the customer does not even have to be in front of their computer for the whole time.

At the end of the 30-minute session, the technician goes through the findings with the customer and sends them an easy-to-understand but comprehensive report that explains in simple terms what is recommended to help improve the security of the tested computers.

PC Security Check is available to any business using broadband, not just BT customers, and costs £50 (excl VAT) for the first PC then £25 (excl VAT) for each PC after that.

PC Security Check also looks at the customer's disaster recovery readiness and data backup providing advice on how small businesses can benefit from the industry's best practice.