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.

Come and see us at the THE Conference and Queensland Schools VET Conference

Tourism Hospitality and Events (THE) Conference and 2017 Queensland Schools VET Conference

Do you work in the education sector? Well, we have two upcoming events that may interest you.

On Thursday 3 August, Jessie Jeffery, CyberGuru’s Business Development Guru will be presenting on “Social media and the hospitality & tourism sectors: where to next?” at the Tourism, Hospitality and Events (THE) Conference. Jessie will be speaking to education providers and businesses in the THE sectors on the importance of social media and how to incorporate it both into businesses as well as how to incorporate it into the curriculum. She will also be providing information on resources and grants available in this area. The presentation is at 2:25pm and you’re guaranteed to learn something.

Then on Friday 4 August, CyberGuru will be in attendance at the annual Queensland Schools VET Conference, where we will be launching our new training courses in coding and social media. Come down to our booth and have a chat about how we can help with professional development, learning resources and industry currency particularly for certifications in Information, Digital Media and Technology.

We look forward to seeing you at these two great events.

What every business needs to know about IT – Event wrap up

What every business needs to know about IT – Event wrap up

Last Monday 3 July, CyberGuru sponsored the Brisbane North Chamber of Commerce’s Night Owls event, where CyberGuru’s Chief Guru, Chris Jeffery, presented on “What every business needs to know about IT”. It was attended by over 50 people, including a range of small businesses and not-for-profit organisations in the local area.

Chris provided an overview of the areas every business needs to consider: backup solutions, the cloud, internet security and how the new data breach notification laws affect small to medium-sized businesses. He also talked about what you can do to protect yourself and your information from an ICT perspective and outline some of the funding opportunities available to assist small businesses develop their digital capacity.

Chris Jeffery, CyberGuru's Chief Guru presenting at BNCC Night Owls

We thank everyone who attended our presentation, especially to some of our clients who came along!

If you have any questions or would like further information on the topics covered, please feel free to contact us or complete this form.

Feedback from the presentation:
“Great presentation by Chief Guru Chris .. practical tips and advice.” – Colleen Hills
“Good event and very interesting presentation.” – Howard J
“Great Meetup.” – Susan Green
“Thanks to Chris from CyberGuru for some great IT tips for small business.” – Mark Cusack
“An extremely beneficial and informative presentation.” – Fiona Davies

 

Celebrating 20 years of CyberGuru

Celebrating 20 years of CyberGuru

Celebrating 20 years of CyberGuru

On 6 July 1997, Chris Jeffery developed his first website for his computer repair and website design business which was then known as “Christopher Jeffery – Computer Guru*”. Looking forward 20 years, it’s time to reflect and celebrate how far we have come.

Chris’ story began a few years earlier, in 1994, when a computer technician for visited to repair the family computer. The technician was not willing to advise on the resolution of the issue or provide any service. The experience on that day resulted in a vision of CyberGuru.

CyberGuru, since its very beginnings, has been to enable, empower and educate its clients with ICT knowledge and skills to improve their own ability to be self-sufficient on the use of computers.

Celebrating 20 years of CyberGuru - First website
CyberGuru’s first website in 1997

We have seen many developments and changes, perhaps none more so than the advancement of technology itself, whether through performance, size and proliferation of technology in the offices, homes and schools.

The ICT and digital sector, much like the technology itself, is evolving and revolving. From simply computers, the industry has grown significantly and continue to adopt to changing market conditions. We have seen the birth of Google (which was launched a year after us!), social media, cloud, the internet of things, amongst others.

We wish to thank the support of all our clients, prospective clients, family and friends who have recommended, assisted and stood by us through the many years.

* Due to the discovery of another business established at the time known as Computer Guru, the name was promptly changed to CyberGuru, which has been our name since that time.

Looking for ways to minimise your tax this financial year?

Looking for ways to minimise your tax this financial year?

Federal government tax break

Happy EOFY! As another financial year comes to an end, many of our clients look to minimise their tax by purchasing goods and services prior to June 30.

You may recall that the Australian Government’s tax break announced in 2015 allows small businesses to claim an immediate deduction on items up to $20,000. This makes it an ideal time to upgrade computers, servers and other electronic devices including printers and multifunction devices.

If you are looking to upgrade your computers, CyberGuru can recommend and source new desktops, laptops and tablets from a range of brands including Microsoft, HP and ASUS. We can also install any programs, devices and settings you would like set up with the transfer of your information across to the new computer.

CyberGuru can also help you source software, such as Microsoft Office, Acronis Backup and Norton Security. Through our partnerships with our suppliers, we can often obtain better quality products than you will find in retail stores.

Have you considered moving to the cloud? We can migrate you to Microsoft Office 365, a modern cloud-based system to allow your business to operate effectively.

You may also find it is time to update your knowledge. If you are looking to enhance your productivity, we can provide you with education and training.

We can deliver upon small project-based implementations including websites. We can also assist in domain names, website hosting and email hosting, and much more.

Whether you need a consultation on what to buy, training on how to use it, computer support and maintenance or want to design a new website, CyberGuru can assist.

If you would more information or to make an appointment, please contact us today.