Is your Windows 7 PC out of support?

Is your Windows 7 PC out of support?

Is your Windows 7 PC out of support?

If you are running Windows 7 past the 14 January 2020 cut-off for support, you may notice that Microsoft has begun placing full-screen messages on computers stating “Your Windows 7 PC is out of support”.

As noted in this message, Microsoft has ended support for Windows 7 and your PC is now more vulnerable to viruses and malware due to the absence of security updates and tech support from Microsoft. If you receive this message we strongly recommend you take action immediately. This will ensure you have the latest security features and protection against malicious software.

CyberGuru can assist you with upgrading your computer to Windows 10 or the purchasing and setting up a new Windows 10 PC based on your requirements, along with transferring the necessary programs and data across to the new PC. In addition, we will provide you with training and support going forward to ensure you are best place to take advantage of the new operating system.

We can assist you both face-to-face and remotely, depending on your location and urgency.

Please contact us today for more information or to make a booking.

Five new year’s resolutions for your computer systems

Five new years resolutions for your computer systems

Recent research has found 80% of people fail to meet their New Year’s resolutions, with most quitting by 19 January. So now that you’ve got those out of the way, let’s talk about some resolutions for this year you could realistically achieve.

Here are five new year’s resolutions for your computer systems:

  1. Multi-factor authentication
    In the past year we have noticed a significant increase in the number of hacking attempts to gain access to secured information both ourselves and our clients. We have concluded that multi-factor authentication (MFA) is now a critical aspect of your cybersecurity to protect against hackers. This includes activating MFA on your email, website, financial management software, banking and other critical services. Since its introduction, MFA has become less intrusive in that you can whitelist common IP addresses such as your workplace and home so you only have to go through the authentication process if you are working offsite.
  2. Passwords
    We all know they’re important but it’s so easy to forget about changing them and it’s hard to remember new passwords. There are two options here. Firstly, there have been recent changes around what the definition of constitutes a strong password. The biggest change is that the longer the password, the stronger it is, because difficulty of cracking a password goes up exponentially with each letter. A second option is to use a password manager, which stores your passwords for you so you no longer need to remember them. The other big advantage is that it can enable you to easily see whether one requires changing, whether it has been compromised or is in use across multiple websites.
  3. Windows 10
    If you’re still using Windows 7, act as soon as possible as it is no longer supported by Microsoft and you are now vulnerable. as no further software/security updates or technical support are being available. Due to this, it is possible that security risks will arise from the continued use of Windows 7. Windows 8.1 users have until 10 January 2023 until it goes out of support.
  4. Cloud services
    Using cloud services such as Office 365 gives you access to the latest tools in the Microsoft Office suite and can help make your business more productive by making communication and collaboration easier, allowing remote access and reducing downtime. You can easily scale as your business needs grow and take advantage of products and services previously only available to larger businesses.
  5. Cyber Insurance
    Protecting your environment from hackers is a bit like protecting your home from intruders: you can take reasonable precautions, but if Bruce Willis or Arnold Schwarzenegger want to break in they’ll probably find a way. In these situations, cyber insurance can protect you from potential losses incurred. Just be wary because like health insurance, there are a lot of junk policies out there which don’t offer any real protection.

Much like a business coach helping you implement new practices in your business, or your personal trainer keep you accountable for undertaking regular exercise, it is important to find an ICT partner that can assist in support you in implementing and maintaining these resolutions. If CyberGuru can assist in any way, please contact us.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas

Wishing you a Merry Christmas

Wishing you a Merry Christmas

As we wind down for another year, CyberGuru would like to wish you a Merry Christmas.

2019 has been an exciting year for us we would like to thank you for your custom this year.

CyberGuru will be closed from Friday 20 December 2019 and will reopen on Wednesday 8 January 2020. During this time, we will not be available by phone or email however we will provide details of a trusted colleague to our clients should you require any emergency assistance.

If you have any outstanding ICT requirements to be completed before this time or prior to our return, please contact us as soon as possible.

In lieu of paper Christmas cards, we are continuing our longstanding tradition of donating to the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal.

We look forward to supporting you again next year.

Does Santa need some help in your house?

Does Santa need some help in your house?

Does Santa need some help in your house?

With only three weeks until Christmas, Santa might be stuck for ideas on what to get you or your family!

Thankfully, CyberGuru has helped Santa on many occasions by advising and recommending a range of computer products and services to suit your needs and budget and is available to do so again this year.

At this time of year, new computer products and services are especially popular. In addition, we can assist you in purchasing and setting up new a desktop, laptop or tablet ready for Christmas Day. We are able to advise and recommend what to buy and can help source, configure and move across your old files to make it work for you.

We also provide various software including Microsoft Office, internet software (including Norton 360, ESET and Trend Micro Maximum Security) as well as range of peripherals including portable hard drives, as well as Acronis Backup.

If you are unsure what to get, we can also provide gift certificates for use on any of our services, including consultingdesignsupport and training.

So whether it for your family, business or yourself personally, please feel free to contact us. Similarly, if you know of a colleague or friend, or someone else need of some assistance, please pass on our details. And remember, come Christmas day it was all the big guy in red!

Norton introduces the “new” Norton 360

Norton introduces the “new” Norton 360

Norton has recently reintroduced the “new” Norton 360, replacing the Norton Security which has existed over the past few years, which had replaced the product of the same name form many years prior.

In the “new” Norton 360 product, Norton has introduced additional security protection as well as the usual computer and internet security, cloud backup and performance improvement features. It now includes a Secure VPN for online privacy, Dark Web Monitoring by LifeLock (which monitors your primary email address), and SafeCam to block webcam takeovers. The remainder of the product is relatively unchanged from Norton Security, aside from a new front “My Norton” screen that starts when you load the application.

If you have an existing Norton Security subscription, you may be offered a free or discounted upgrade to the new Norton 360 as a special offer. Should you do this, you may be required to sign up for automatic renewal and provide your credit card details for verification. Alternatively, you may wish to wait until your subscription falls due before you upgrade and purchase this product then.

Here at CyberGuru, we have used and recommended Norton products continuously over the last 20 years which has provided ourselves and clients confidence that their devices are protected from internet security threats and vulnerabilities. This recommendation is based on our own experience with the software, not because we are paid to do so. We appreciate some clients have experienced various performance issues with such software, however such internet security software is worthwhile overall considering given the strong value it provides for a reasonable yearly subscription.

If you would like us to assist you to purchase, install or configure Norton 360 in your environment, please feel free to contact us.