Are you the master of your domain name?

Are you the master of your domain name?

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A domain name is a part of your business, and as such is an important asset. We strongly believe that you should own your domain name and website. Not only will you have control of how it operates, you can make changes without the need to go back to the website designer and it will enable you to receive notices directly from the domain name registrar when your domain name comes up for renewal.

Over the years, CyberGuru have looked after a number of clients who may have had their website designed previously by someone else, perhaps another professional, website designer, colleague, friend or family member. What we have noticed with several of these is that the website’s domain name (eg. cyberguru.com.au), has been registered in the domain name registrar’s records under the name of the designer, not the business owner.

When CyberGuru registrars a domain name for a client, we ensure that they are the owner and registrant. We also set the chosen contact for administrative, technical and billing contact listed to be them also or we can management to oversee this on their behalf. However, the business owner remains the registrant and the owner of the domain name at all times.

If you don’t know if you are the owner or registrant of your domain name, we strongly suggest you check. If you check your domain name to ensure you are the owner, you can do so using the AusRegistry WHOIS Lookup (for Australian domain names such as .com.au and .net.au) or ICANN WHOIS Lookup (for generic domain names such as .com). If you find that you are not listed, then it is worthwhile contacting your website designer or person listed to adjust accordingly. Alternatively, CyberGuru may be also assist with this should you require assistance. If you are looking to purchase a new domain name, why not look at our Domain names page for more information.

Password expiry for Office 365 – don’t leave it until the last minute!

Password expiry for Office 365 – don’t leave it until the last minute!

Password expiry for Office 365 – don’t leave it until the last minute!

One of the key security elements in Office 365 is the requirement by default to reset your password every 90 days. Whilst the expiry period can be changed, having to regularly change your password ensures your account remains secure and reduces the risk of the password being found and your account accessed.

Notification of password resets usually begins around 10 days prior, however depending on the device you are accessing your email on, this notification may not appear until later, or not at all. You can reset your password once it has expired, but your email will stop working until the password has been changed and account details updated, so it is best to change it when you can rather than needing to do this.

Therefore, we strongly suggest you don’t leave changing your password to the last minute. We suggest that it may be worthwhile having a recurring appointment every two months to reset your password.  Once you have changed your password you will need to update any device which is using this (such as your computer, tablet and mobile phone).

To change your password, please follow the steps below:

  1. Login to the Office 365 Portal.
  2. Click Settings (the cogwheel located on the top right-hand side of the screen), then click the Password option.
  3. Enter your old password, then your new password twice.

Within a few minutes, you will be prompted to update your password on your email program and devices. Enter your new password in these devices and you’re done!

Microsoft have determined the following requirements for strong passwords on Office 365:

  • The password needs to have at least 8-16 characters.
  • Don’t include common words or names.
  • Combine uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.

CyberGuru provides Office 365 consulting, support and training to small businesses, not-for-profit organisations and individuals of all sizes and industries. If you need a hand and would like us to assist you with Office 365, please contact us today.