Time to minimise your tax for this financial year?

Time to minimise your tax for this financial year?

Federal government tax break

With only four weeks remaining of the current financial year, we look at ways you can minimise your tax this financial year.

The Australian Government’s tax break announced last year allowing small businesses to make an immediate deduction on items up to $20,000 can still be claimed. This makes it an ideal time to upgrade computers (desktops, laptops and tablets), servers and other electronic devices including printers.

CyberGuru offer a range of hardware at competitive prices from companies such as Toshiba, ASUS and more. We can also provide software including Microsoft Office 2016 and 365, Norton Security Premium, WD portable hard drives and Acronis backup software, many of these at below recommended retail price.

If you are unsure what your exact requirements are we are happy to discuss your needs and prepare a tailored solution for you.

If you would like to take advantage of the tax break or any of these services please contact us to discuss your needs. CyberGuru can also provide consulting, support and training, all of which can be classified as a business expense to minimise your taxable income.

Ask CyberGuru: How can I prevent being upgraded to Windows 10?

Ask CyberGuru: How can I prevent being upgraded to Windows 10?

Ask CyberGuru

“Help! I’ve been accidently upgraded to Windows 10!” is the cry I have been hearing from a number of unsuspecting users running Home Premium or Professional versions of Windows on their computers.

Whilst in some cases the user may have accidentally clicked to accept the upgrade (which can be done in a number of ways, including closing a particular “Get Windows 10” window), I understand that for many clients this hasn’t been the case. Some upgrades have been successful and positive experience but a number of them have been problematic and required a full reinstallation of the computer to bring it back to a usable state.

Microsoft is enthusiastic about the adoption of Windows 10, proudly advising that there are more than 300 million devices running it worldwide according to Microsoft by the Numbers (link opens in new window). However, it has not said how many have been done automatically. Unfortunately, there is no magic button to prevent this from happening.

However, we are working on identify ways to take control of this. We have installed third-party software as well as changed particular settings in Windows to prevent this upgrade occurring automatically. We are particularly cautious to ensure only suitable computers are upgraded computers where we can, however it is a challenge to keep on top of the various methods of notifications that Microsoft has used since its introduction. Whilst Microsoft has advised these notifications will cease once the free upgrade period ends at the end of July this year, we are working on identifying successful ways to keep on your existing Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 without having to upgrade.

Whilst we encourage the adoption of new products such as Windows 10 and appreciate the improvements and new features, it is concerning that Microsoft is aggressively pushing users to upgrade without due consideration of the full ICT environment or the potential impact on productivity. As previously mentioned in a previous CyberGuru Blog article, I suggest only upgrading your computer to Windows 10 if it is a brand-name, up to two years old and running common line business applications (such as Microsoft Office).

If you would like support to prevent your computer to being upgraded to Windows 10 or require training in taking advantage of Microsoft’s newest operating system, please contact us for more information. If you have any questions you would like CyberGuru to answer in a future Ask CyberGuru instalment, please contact us also.


How to take control of your email – part 3

How to take control of your email – part 3

Taking control of your email

In the final instalment of this series we discuss strategies for dealing with the sheer volume of emails in our inboxes. This week we examine the Junk folder.

We’ve all done it. We’ve finally gotten sick of whichever particular organisation has been spamming our inbox and we mark it as “Junk”. This is an effective way of removing unwanted emails from the Inbox and gives you the option to see what they have sent you should you want to review them before they are deleted.

From a security standpoint though this does nothing to secure your details online. If you’ve previously made an online purchase from this company, they may hold your credit card details as a matter of company policy. If you are certain you want no further contact with them then it is worth spending the extra few minutes to unsubscribe or delete your online account with the company. Because when government departments, banks, large corporations and even local websites like Gumtree have all recently been hacked and account details stolen, how do you know a website you have an account with won’t be next?

Under the Spam Act 2003, every commercial electronic message (including an email) sent must contain a “unsubscribe” link, allowing the receiver to remove themselves from a mailing list should they chose to do so. This can be used to confirm to the sender they do not wish to receive messages.

If you would like help with this or any of the topics we’ve discussed in this series, please contact us today. CyberGuru can also provide training to help you make the most of Outlook, as well as other programs in the Microsoft Office suite.

How to take control of your email – part 2

How to take control of your email – part 2

Taking control of your email

Continuing on from last week we discuss strategies for dealing with the sheer volume of emails in our inboxes. This week we examine how to manage emails in Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2016 by using rules.

Rules help to reduce the manual filing or taking the same action when similar messages arrive. Once created, rules are always turned on and run automatically. For example, if you regularly receive electronic receipts from PayPal for your online shopping you can create a rule that all receipts go into a particular folder so you can reconcile your account at the end of the month.

Rules can also alert you about important emails. For example, you could create a rule that whenever you receive an email from your partner it sends a message to your mobile so you don’t miss it.

Further information on how to create, delete, import or export rules can be found on Microsoft’s Office Support page here: Manage email messages by using rules.

If you would like to upgrade to Office 2016 or Office 365 please contact us to discuss this. CyberGuru can also provide training to help you make the most of your Office environment, no matter which version of Office you use.

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