Ask CyberGuru: Is Google closing down?

Ask CyberGuru

In this month’s Ask CyberGuru, we are asked, “I have received an email advising me that Google is closing down on 2 April, is this true?”.

We have had a number of clients and family members check in with us regarding the closure of Google. It is in fact Google+ which is closing down, not the Google search engine. Google+, sometimes written as Google Plus or G+. Google+ was developed by Google to be a social media platform, as their attempt to compete with Facebook. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been overly successful and some major security issues have recently been identified, resulting in Google’s decision to close down the platform.

Google have announced that Google+ is closing down on 2 April as noted on the email you may have received. It is our understanding all Google+ account holders and managers have been advised by email regarding what the steps to take. Affected services include Google+ Circles, Community and Stream, but not Google My Business or any other Google services.

If you do not use Google+, then it is safe to ignore this message and you don’t need to take any action. However, if you have posted content, such photos on Google+, then you should follow the links to download your content as the article suggests. You do have the option to download your data prior to the transition, which can be exported to either your computer or another service. If you are unsure of whether you need any material currently stored on Google+, then we recommend that you download and save anyway, in case you do find anything valuable stored in there.

If we can be of assistance or you have a question you would like to ask CyberGuru, please contact us.

Social media: Different options and professional set up

Social media: Different options and professional set up

Community Management Solutions Webinar

According to the 2018 Yellow Social Media Report*, just over 50% of Australian small and medium businesses have a social media presence. With an increasing number of users are seeking information in this way, an active social media presence is becoming increasingly important.

Presented by Chris Jeffery, Chief Guru of CyberGuru, this webinar will give you with the tools to:

  • Know what social media is suitable to your organisation,
  • How other organisations use social media to further their businesses/causes,
  • How social media can benefit your organisations,
  • How to make it work for you, and
  • Where to go for help.

CyberGuru is a Community Management Solutions Corporate Partner and has been operating in Brisbane Northern Suburbs for 21 years, providing ICT services to small businesses, not-for-profit organisations and individuals in the areas of consulting, design, support and training.

Cost: Members: Free | Non-members: $35
Date: 15 November 2018 | Time: 12:00pm

Please visit the Community Management Solutions Facebook page or contact Community Management Solutions Member Services today for more details on 1300 007 110 or

* Source:Yellow – Social Media Report 2018 – Businesses (link opens in new window)

Upcoming professional development opportunities – May 2018

Upcoming professional development opportunities

In May 2018, CyberGuru will be presenting three professional development opportunities to small businesses, schools and not-for-profit organisations. All sessions are available for registration and payment made to the respective organisations sponsoring or promoting these events.

CSPL KnowTech – Notifiable Data Breach (NDB) scheme, Overview of Office 365 and Office 365 features

Chris Jeffery, Chief Guru of CyberGuru will be presenting at the first Clandestine Solutions Pty Ltd (CSPL) KnowTech Session covering the Notifiable Data Breach (NDB) scheme, an overview of Office 365 and some of the Office 365 features including SharePoint, OneDrive and Teams. The CSPL KnowTech session is designed to keep you informed of available technologies, tips and tricks, and how to use them to your advantage. This is being held at the Microsoft Innovation Centre, Brisbane on 22 May 2018 at 11:00am. To register, please visit the CSPL KnowTech Session Eventbrite page.

Queensland College of Wine Tourism – Social Media as a Marketing Tool

CyberGuru is proud to partner with the Food, Wine and Tourism Gateway Schools program to bring an exciting teacher currency and professional development workshop on ‘Social Media as a Marketing Tool’ workshop. The workshop will highlight the importance of social media to the hospitality and tourism sectors. This half-day program will be held Windaroo Valley State High School on 24 May at 9:00am. To register or to find out more, please visit the Queensland College of Wine Tourism website.

Community Management Solutions – Protect yourself and your business from cyber security threats

CyberGuru is presenting “Protect yourself and your business from cyber security threats”, sponsored by Community Management Solutions. The webinar will be held on 29 May at 12:00pm. The session is going to be covering the latest in cyber security threats and how to protect yourself and your business. For more information and to register, please visit the Community Management Solutions website. If you have any questions you would like to ask us in advance, please let us know!

If you would like a similar or another training session developed for your small business, not-for-profit organisation or individually, please feel free to contact us.