Celebrating our 21st birthday!

Celebrating our 21st birthday!

Celebrating our 21st birthday!

In July, CyberGuru celebrates a significant milestone. We have been proudly providing our clients with computer solutions for 21 years. We appreciate the continued business and support of our clients, family and friends. We have some been with us throughout this time – believe it or not, of our earliest clients are still with us!

Since our earliest beginnings, we have seen the Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) sector develop and evolve over time. We are one year older than Google, and near seven years’ Facebook senior. When we began back in 1997, technology generally consisted of one shared computer per household at the time, and we look how now expanded to at least one computer per person – with many households having more computers than people!

Over this time, we have continued to expand our knowledge and skills with a range of platforms, devices and services, develop relationships with many trusted colleagues and business partners, and proudly support small businesses, not-for-profit organisations and individuals with their ICT needs.

Who knows what the next 21 years will bring, however we know one thing – that it will continue to change. As celebrating with you over this year, we are gearing to further educating, empowering and enabling our clients to embrace and adopt these changes. We look forward look forward to continuing to support our clients into the future for a long-time yet!

Who’s reading your email?

Who’s reading your email?

Google Gmail

Recently in the news there has been concern over whether Google is doing enough to keep your email secure. Concern has arisen over the access third-party developers and apps have to your Google account. There are many apps which link to your Google account. During the installation process you set the level of access you’re prepared to give the app. If during the installation of any of these apps you’ve been asked for access to your email, and you’ve agreed to this your email may have been read.

So what does it mean to read an email? In giving an app access to your email it is highly unlikely that people envisage another human physically reading through the contents of their emails and viewing their private email conversations. But this is exactly what you are agreeing to. This is not to say all apps will do so, but they have permission to and may do so at some point. The people with permission to read your email are not Google employees, but third parties such as developers entrusted by Google (and yourself).

Google claims to vet developers and their apps via a stringent, multi-step process. But as Facebook can attest to, once a third party has access to your data it’s difficult to control how they use it. This is not the first time concerns have been raised over Google’s commitment to privacy, with the discovery last year that the Google Home Mini was inadvertently spying on users due to a hardware flaw.

As a safety precaution we advise against giving third-party apps permission to read your email. If you’re concerned you may have given a third-party app access to read your email, you can check using Google Security Checkup (link opens in new window) and make adjustments if necessary.

If CyberGuru can assist in any way, please let us know.