Stay Smart Online Week 2017

Stay Smart Online Week 2017

Stay Smart Online Week 2017

CyberGuru was a proud partner of the Stay Smart Online Week 2017, an initiative of the Australian Government which ran from Monday 9 October to Friday 13 October.

Each year, through Stay Smart Online Week, the Australian Government works in collaboration with other agencies, industry, community groups and small business operators such as CyberGuru to raise awareness about the ways people can protect themselves onlineThe national awareness week is typically held in October each year and focuses on a key theme that highlights an important safety message. This year, Stay Smart Online week will took place from 9–13 October and the them brought was ‘simple steps to online safety’.

A selection of educational videos were developed especially for Stay Smart Online Week 2017 and are available on the Stay Smart Online website and Facebook page. By having more people aware of the simple steps they can take to be safe online, the internet will be safer for everyone.

In their recent report, Stay Smart Online noted that, “in the last 12 months we have seen a real shift in cyber activity, and more people than ever are at risk of cybercrime. The Australian Cyber Security Centre Threat Report 2017, launched during the week, shows 47,000 cyber security incidents were reported nationally in the 2016–17 period, a 15% increase on the previous year.”

In addition, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Scamwatch figures found that $37 million has been lost by Australians have already lost to online scams since the start of 2017.

We encourage you to sign up for the CyberGuru Newsletter to be informed of developments and sign up for the Stay Smart Online Alert service to continue to be advised on current cyber threats and how to manage them.

Which CPU is best for you?

Which CPU is best for you?

Which CPU is best for you?

There are a number of CPUs available in the market today. What processor do you need?

In today’s marketplace there are many types of computers to purchase. When considering a new computer purchase, clients often ask what type central processing unit (CPU) they need.

We recommend for performance on desktops and laptops their Intel Core series of CPUs. They come in m3, i3, i5, and i7 and more recently i9 models. We view the lower end of these (m3 for mobile devices and i3 for desktops and laptops) as low-range processors being for single activity work, the i5 for mid-range, general office-based work, and the i7 and i9 for higher end graphic or CAD intensive work.

There are also the other processor types, Celeron and Pentium however these are often designed for low-end machines often for web browsing only. Similarly, there are ATOM processors (x3, x5 and x7 which Intel suggests for mobility devices, such as tablets and two-in-one devices.

I consider it though an investment in the medium to long-term to generally purchase i5 or i7 computers, as these can often provide a number of years of useful life without the need for upgrades down the track.

Whilst you can choose a low-end processor, they don’t often don’t stand the test of time and require upgrading down the track. We recommend mid- to high-range processors as a worthwhile and cost-effective investment in your computing efficiency.

CyberGuru can assist with the selection of computer hardware and components that will best fit your needs. Contact us today for more information.

 

CyberGuru’s Chief Guru to present at Seniors Safety Forum

CyberGuru’s Chief Guru to present at Seniors Safety Forum

Seniors Safety Forum 2017

 

CyberGuru’s Chief Guru, Chris Jeffery will present at the Seniors Safety Forum being hosted by Stirling Hinchliffe MP, Member for Sandgate, Cr Jared Cassidy, Councillor for Deagon Ward, and Leanne Linard MP, Member for Nudgee on Wednesday 4 October 2017.

Chris Jeffery is an 2017 Advance Queensland Community Digital Champion and recently celebrated 20 years of operating his own computer solutions business, CyberGuru which provides ICT consulting, design, support and training to small businesses, not-for-profit organisations and individuals.

Chris is an invited guest speaker at this event, discussing digital security and how to protect yourself from online scams. Other guest speakers include Federal Member of Lilley, Wayne Swan MP as well as other representatives discussing the safety and security of seniors in our community.

There will also be an opportunity to meet with your local representatives to discuss safety in the home and in the community, focussing on issues pertinent to seniors in the local area.

The Seniors Safety Forum is being held on Wednesday 4 October 2017 at 9.30am-11.30am in the Taigum Shopping Centre.

Please RSVP by making contact with either Stirling Hinchliffe MP or Cr Jared Cassidy’s offices by COB 2 October 2017.

  • Stirling Hinchliffe MP Phone: 3639 9100 Email: sandgate@parliament.qld.gov.au
  • Cr Jared Cassidy Phone: 3667 6011 Email: deagon.ward@bcc.qld.gov.au

Seniors Safety Forum 2017

 

 

 

Ask CyberGuru: What is the difference between the desktop and web versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint?

Ask CyberGuru: What is the difference between the desktop and web versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint?

Ask CyberGuru

In this month’s Ask CyberGuru, we are asked, “What is the difference between the desktop and web versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint?”.

Whilst Microsoft includes the desktop version of Office as part of both Office 2016 and most editions of Microsoft Office 365, if you are looking for an alternative, the web version may be a possible solution.

The web versions allow you to create documents in Word, Excel and PowerPoint and to save them in OneDrive. You can access these documents any time you wish to on practically any device and your work is saved automatically. You can also share and edit documents in real-time with others and they can see the changes you are making.

The web version is free if you have a Microsoft Account, although functionality is somewhat limited. Having an Office 365 licence gives you greater functionality and the feature set in the online versions is improving on a regular basis. However if you want the full functionality you have come to expect from Microsoft then the desktop versions of Office 2016 and Office 365 remain your best option.

If you need help with Microsoft Office 365 or Office 2016 products, please contact us.

Considerations when starting a new business: Protecting your business name

Considerations when starting a new business: Protecting your business name

Considerations when starting a new business

I often speak to people who are thinking of starting their own business. When I speak to them, they are usually in the early stages of identifying their goals, purpose and objectives. They are still working out what they want to do, and how to progress forward.

From the starting point, it is worthwhile considering ensuring your protect your business name. First task is your register your business name, which is performed through ASIC. Secondly, is the trademark, which is applied through IP Australia. Both websites offer the ability to search and register/apply online.

Once you have done this, it is worthwhile then securing your domain name and website hosting. This can be done through ourselves, CyberGuru. You can then look at establishing a presence online or at least a single page providing your contact details and a brief description of your business.

If you are Queensland-based Business, I would suggest looking at the Small Business Digital Grants and Small Business Entrepreneur Grants to help finance your project.

Also, both Queensland and Australian Governments have “one stop shop” portals for small businesses to find more information about starting and running a business. The Business.gov.au Business Queensland websites are valuable places to bookmark in your internet browser.

CyberGuru’s Chief Guru, Chris Jeffery, is an Advisor with the Australian Small Business Advisory Service, and an Advance Queensland Community Digital Champion. If there’s any way he or CyberGuru can assist your business, please contact us.