Stay Smart Online Week 2018

Stay Smart Online Week 2018

CyberGuru is once again a proud partner of Stay Smart Online Week from 8-14 October 2018. This year’s campaign is Reverse the Threat, which is designed to “mobilise a movement against cybercrime with our partners and the wider community.”

Each year, Stay Smart Online hosts an awareness week to empower people, business and the community to protect themselves when online. Similarly, at CyberGuru, we seek to empower and enable our clients to be more self-sufficient in maintaining their computers as well as helping people be safe online.

According to the 2017 Norton Cyber Security Insights Report Global Results, one in four Australians were hit by cybercrime last year. As part of Stay Smart Online, we seek to bring together the Australian public, business and government to reverse the threat of cybercrime.

Here’s four tips on how to do this:

  1. Carefully check email messages that you receive before clicking or taking action. If you receive an email or text message that you are not expecting, call the company that supposedly sent it (using their official website or phone book, or listed details from a separate document).
  2. Don’t use public wi-fi connections, use a VPN or private network instead. Public wi-fi connections at airport lounges, libraries and coffee shops are not as safe as you may think. Cybercriminals may be able to see the information being sent between your phone and the Wi-Fi hotspot.
  3. Install new updates regularly. Smart phones, computers and apps require updates to add new features, resolve bugs and fix security holes. Install updates as they arrive or set them to automatically update.
  4. Create strong passwords that are different on all of your accounts. You may use a phrase or series of words that are easy to remember but hard to guess. You may use a password manager or implement multi-factor authentication to help protect you further.

For more information about protecting yourself and for more tips and advice, please see the Stay Smart Online website.

We encourage you to sign up to the CyberGuru Newsletter, as well as to sign up for the Alert Service.

Microsoft announces price increase for Office software

Microsoft Office 2016

With Microsoft Office 2019 due for release shortly, Microsoft has advised that their price for the Office software will be increased by approximately 10% on 1 October 2018.

If you are considering upgrading your Office license, we suggest one of the three following options:

  • Buy a perpetual license of Microsoft Office 2016 before 1 October and save 10%.
  • Wait until 1 October and buy a perpetual license of Microsoft Office 2019.
  • Buy a subscription to Office 365 and receive the latest version of Microsoft Office.

There are different editions of Microsoft Office available for each option depending on your needs.

If you would like further information about these options or for assistance in determining which option best suits your needs, please contact us today.

June 30 is coming: Is it time for an upgrade?

June 30 is coming: Is it time for an upgrade?
June 30 is coming: Is it time for an upgrade?
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It’s nearly the end of financial year! As another tax time rolls around, you may be considering tax deductions, ways to maximise your income or finalising budgets for next financial year.

Whilst buying discounted office supplies and stationary during the “end of financial year sales” may provide for some of these, it’s timely to think about whether you would like to look at giving you and your organisation a real upgrade. You may also be looking at how best to take advantage of what you already have.

Here’s three suggestions of what you might like to do:

  • Hardware and Peripherals: Purchase or upgrade existing hardware, such as desktop and laptop computers, printers or peripherals.
  • Software: Purchase a new software edition or subscription to Microsoft Office, Norton Security Premium, Acronis Backup. You may also like to subscribe to cloud-based services such Office 365.
  • Knowledge: Seek assistance to provide your business with the necessary training and skills to improve your operations.

Whether it is computer hardware, software or knowledge, there are some great investments you can make to give your business the edge. CyberGuru can assist you with making the most out of these improvement, and work on a plan going forward.

It the time you can give you a business, contact us to review your requirements and to provide some answers to your questions.

Coming in mid-2018 – Microsoft Office 2019!

Coming in mid-2018 – Microsoft Office 2019!

Microsoft Office

Microsoft has announced the next perpetual edition of Microsoft Office, Office 2019. In keeping with Microsoft tradition, it will arrive in the middle of preceding year rather than the year of its name.

In breaking with tradition, Office 2019 will only run on devices using Windows 10 and not on older editions of Windows, namely Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

Microsoft have also advised they will release Office 2019 with five years of mainstream support and approximately two years of extended support to align with the current version of Microsoft Office (Office 2016) which is expected to end on 14 October 2025. For more information, please see the Microsoft TechNet article.

While this seems harsh, we often still see computers running versions of Windows and Office well past their use by date. By the end of this year, Office 2007 will be nearly 12 years old, and Office 2010 not much younger. We strongly suggest that now is the time consider upgrading to Office 2013 or 2016, or transition to Microsoft Office 365.

It looks like the subscription model is becoming the increased focus from Microsoft, and purchasing Office 365 will be the way going forward to continue to keep getting the latest features. We expect Office 2019 will likely be the last version that Microsoft release, with future releases all being subscription-only.

CyberGuru is able to provide consulting, support and training in Microsoft Office applications, and able to support you in the transition from one version to another. If we can assist in any way, please contact us.

Are you ready for the Notifiable Data Breach Scheme?

Are you ready for the Notifiable Data Breach Scheme?

Notifiable Data Breach Scheme

On Thursday 22 February 2018, the Notifiable Data Breach Scheme (NDBS) will come into effect. This will affect organisations that are already covered by the Privacy Act, businesses with a turnover greater than $3 million, health service providers, entities that collect personal information and credit reporting bodies.

The NDBS requires these businesses and organisations to report eligible data breaches to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) as well as affected individuals.

The scheme requires affected businesses to take reasonable steps to ensure the security of personal information including but not limited to:

  • sensitive information such as about an individual’s health
  • documents commonly used for identity fraud (including Medicare card, drivers licence and passport details)
  • financial information

To prepare for the NDBS, we suggest the following three steps:

  1. Assess any security risks in your organisation.
  2. Put strategies in place to minimise these risks.
  3. Prepare a data breach response plan if you identify any suspected breaches.

CyberGuru can help your organisation address these through review and improvement of your computer systems, as well as implementation of training and education to staff, contractors, and ongoing support and advice on how to manage these. Please contact us for more information.

For further information regarding the NDBS can be found on the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) (link opens in new window) website.