What is domain privacy and do I need it?

What is domain privacy and do I need it?

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When you register a .com or .net domain name, your personal contact information such as name, email address and phone number is stored in a publicly accessible database known as WHOIS.

As a result, it is possible for spammers to review the WHOIS database and attempt to contact you. This can include fictitious renewal notifications, offers for website or search engine optimisation reviews or general unsolicited emails.

To prevent this, you can purchase a Domain Privacy product when you purchase your domain name. Domain Privacy prevents unauthorised visitors from viewing your personal information, while allowing access to the necessary people so that official communications such as renewal notices from your service provider can be sent to you.

Australian domain names have different policies and include a higher level of protection of personal information. Only the registrant entity, contact names and email addresses details are available to the public from the .au WHOIS.

You can add Domain Privacy to your website through your domain name registrar. If your domain name registrar doesn’t provide this service, we can transfer your domain name to our servers and offer this to you.

If you would like more information on Domain Privacy, please contact us.

Are you ready for the Windows 10 Creators Update?

Are you ready for the Windows 10 Creators Update?

Are you ready for the Windows 10 Creators Update?

Since Windows 10 Creators Update was launched earlier this year, we have seen a number of computers being upgraded progressively and more recently larger numbers being upgraded. Following Microsoft’s announcements when Windows 10 was launched, regular updates are being introduced to provide new features as part of the product.

When you are about to receive the update, you will be prompted to review your security settings before it downloads and installs onto your computer automatically in most cases.

In addition to security and reliability enhancements as part of Windows 10 Creators Update, a number of new and improved features in Windows and the apps were introduced. These include:

  • Paint 3D – an app providing you with the ability to create 3D objects from scratch or modify another person’s.
  • Remix 3D – an online community for sharing, editing and remixing 3D models produced in Paint 3D.
  • Blue light reduction – reduces the “blue light” emitted from your screen during the evening.
  • Microsoft Edge, the successor to Internet Explorer web browser – adds the ability to review, group and save web page tabs.

For a full list of what’s new in Windows 10 Creators Update, please visit the Microsoft Windows features (link opens in new window) page.

Microsoft also removed some features and others are planned for potential removal in subsequent releases, as noted in this Microsoft Support article (link opens in new window).

To check whether Windows 10 Creators Update is installed on your computer, please follow the steps below:

  1. From the “Type here to search” or “Ask me anything” box, type winver and press Enter to run the command.
  2. The About Windows dialog box will be displayed.
  3. If it shows Version 1703, then you are on Windows 10 Creators Update.

(The notation of the version is signified by the year and month, for example 1703 which is March 2017 which was for the Windows 10 Creators Update).

If it hasn’t been installed, it is possible your computer is awaiting to receive the update or in some cases, or is incompatible with this update. Either way, CyberGuru are able to advise and assist you if you are eligible for an upgrade to Windows 10 Creators Update, you how you can so with minimal downtime. Please contact us if we can be of any assistance.

CyberGuru’s success at recent education conferences

CyberGuru’s success at recent education conferences

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

This month CyberGuru were proud to be associated with the Tourism, Hospitality and Events (THE Conference) and the annual QLD Schools VET Conference.

Jessie Jeffery, CyberGuru’s Business Development Guru, presented on “Social media and the hospitality & tourism sectors: where to next?” at THE Conference, where she spoke about the importance of social media to the hospitality and tourism sectors, as well as ways of including it in the school curriculum. The presentation was very well received and because of this the Queensland Government is currently considering a request to add the Online Engagement for Small Business skill set to their list of subsidised training packages. If you would like further information on this please feel free to contact us.

Also, this month CyberGuru sponsored the annual QLD Schools VET Conference. We had significant interest in our materials for the Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology, as this qualification will be soon recognised and may contribute to a student’s ATAR for university entry. (For those who are unaware, the current OP system will be scrapped and the ATAR system will be brought in for students graduating year 12 from 2020 onwards, see the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority website for details.)

CyberGuru aims to assist schools with this transition by providing learning materials, professional development and industry validation. For more details, please visit our Education and training website.

If we can assist you in this area please feel free to contact us.