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.

Microsoft Azure credits now available to eligible not-for-profit organisation

Microsoft Azure credits now available to eligible not-for-profit organisation

Microsoft Azure

In the past week, Microsoft have announced that they are providing USD$5,000 in credits per year for Microsoft Azure available to eligible not-for-profit organisations.

According to the Microsoft Azure website (link opens in new window), “Azure offers an integrated suite of cloud services – analytics, computing, web and mobile apps, networking, storage, and more – to empower your nonprofit organization to achieve more – more insight, more efficiency and more impact. Azure delivers deeper insights to enhance decision making, supports a broad selection of operating systems, and provides industry-leading security. It also integrates seamlessly with your existing IT infrastructure and scales as your nonprofit grows – giving you the ability to harness the power of Microsoft’s data centers for a wide range of capabilities and scenarios.”

The credits can be used in any of the portfolio of Azure services including but not limited to the following:

  • Web and mobile apps
  • Business apps
  • Microservice apps
  • Development and testing
  • Big data and analytics
  • Internet of Things
  • Backup, recovery and archive
  • High performance computing
  • Digital media

If you are looking to move some of your business online, then the ability to use this credit to host your website content, test out the Internet of Things or host digital media, then this is a great opportunity.

If you are already a qualified not-for-profit for Office 365, then you are already approved. If you are not, it is a simple process to do so and CyberGuru can assist with this.

CyberGuru is a Microsoft Partner and can help not-for-profit organisations as well as small businesses transition to Azure and Office 365. If you are looking at implement these in your business, CyberGuru can assist you doing so through our consulting, support and training solutions. Contact us today for more information.

CyberGuru invited to join Microsoft Partner Research Panel (MSPRP)


CyberGuru is excited to announce that Microsoft has invited us to become a member of the Microsoft Partner Research Panel (MSPRP).

The panel is composed of a limited number of Microsoft Partners who have agreed to offer their thoughts and opinions regarding Microsoft Partner Network offerings. CyberGuru was identified as a good fit for feedback on a targeted study relating to their cloud business models.

We look forward to providing input to this panel and representing our Microsoft Partners and our clients to improve their cloud offerings and associated services.

Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics CRM now locally hosted in Australia

Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics CRM now locally hosted in Australia

Last week, CyberGuru attended the Microsoft Office 365 Summit in Sydney. Amongst the informative sessions tailored towards both technical and business-oriented audiences, the biggest announcement was that Microsoft’s flagship cloud-based products, Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online are now locally hosted in Australia through existing New South Wales and Victorian data centres.

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