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.

Running a WordPress website? It’s time update your PHP!

Running a WordPress website? It’s time update your PHP!

Running a WordPress website? It’s time upgrade your PHP!

If you have a website, it will likely be running WordPress. Behind this, PHP is a coding language used by WordPress and other applications used on the Web.

What does the upgrade mean to those of us who are not programmers? One of the biggest reasons to make the upgrade is that improves the speed for WordPress, making your website faster to load both for you and your website visitors. WordPress also points out that :This performance increase also means fewer servers are needed to host websites. Updating PHP isn’t just good for your site, it also means less energy is needed for the 1-in-3 sites that use WordPress, so it’s good for the planet.”

Around the time that WordPress 5.2 was introduced in April, WordPress they also announced that they would increase the minimum version of PHP required to PHP 5.6. Since this time, they have advised that the minimum required would increase to version 7+ by the end of the year for ongoing benefits. We would recommend that all WordPress websites are upgraded to the latest version of PHP 7.2 as soon as possible.

Upgrading PHP will require some testing as plugins and themes may require updating to remain compatible. However, given the upgrade will also assist in providing ongoing security and support we believe the upgrade is worthwhile.

CyberGuru will be upgrading all of our clients managed under a Website Maintenance Service as soon as practical automatically and other clients in consultation, however if your website requires an upgrade, or looking for a website hosting provider that can support version the upgrade, please contact us.

One week to go until Windows 10 is no longer free

One week to go until Windows 10 is no longer free

One week to go until Windows 10 is no longer free

So you’ve held off from upgrading to Windows 10 until now, thinking that you’ll do it once Microsoft has ironed out the bugs. Well if you’re going to take the leap, now is the time!

Many people have held off upgrading to Windows 10 either due to concerns about stability or because it is incompatible with their operating system. After 29 July 2016, Windows 10 will no longer be free to upgrade to. So if you’re still considering whether to upgrade, you have one week left to do so.

Whilst it hasn’t been officially advised, we understand that the price to upgrade following 30 July will be approximately $119 USD for Windows 10 and approximately $199 US for Windows 10 Pro. Australian pricing has yet to be announced.

As a Microsoft Certified Professional with Windows 10 certifications, we provide well-informed advice to a range of organisations, including small businesses, not-for-profit organisations as well as individuals, to help them identify whether their computers will support the latest operating system. We can also provide support and training following the upgrade.

If you would like to discuss whether you should upgrade to Windows 10 or would like help in doing so, please contact us today.

Ask CyberGuru: Is it possible to go back to Windows 7 or 8.1 after upgrading to Windows 10?

Ask CyberGuru: Is it possible to go back to Windows 7 or 8.1 after upgrading to Windows 10?

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Another popular question I’m being asked at the moment is, “Is it possible to go back to Windows 7 or 8.1 after upgrading to Windows 10?”.

If you have upgraded to Windows 10 and need to downgrade to Windows 7, Microsoft provides one month’s grace in which you can uninstall Windows 10 and go back to Windows 7 or 8.1.

A backup is made upon the installation of Windows 10 within your computer allowing you to revert to your previous operating system. This can help you restore your computer as it was before the upgrade.

If it is beyond 30 days, then you will be unable to do without wiping the computer and reinstalling Windows 7 manually, along with your programs and files. This may mean Windows 7, along with your programs would need to be installed and updated, and your personal settings would need to be reconfigured.

If you wish to go back to your previous operating system, I would suggest you first backup all your files and ensure you have all of the software licences and discs available for installation. This process can be tricky so I would suggest you contact us to make an appointment.

Ask CyberGuru: Should I upgrade to Windows 10?

Ask CyberGuru: Should I upgrade to Windows 10?

Ask CyberGuru

A very common question that I have been asked is “Should I upgrade to Windows 10?”. It is difficult to provide specific advice to answer this question, as everyone is different in terms of their approaches to the free upgrade. Many are finding the notifications to remind them to upgrade a disturbance and others an encouragement to upgrade.

We are seeing an increasing number of computers being upgraded to Windows 10. As the free upgrade offer is available until July, it is becoming the time to make the decision. I normally help clients base this on their need for the new features and the age of their computer.

With the November Update, many of the features and improvements introduced have encouraged more people to make the jump, some with more success than others. The new features now available in the November Update included Cortana, your own personal digital assistant similar to Apple’s Siri, as well as improvements to the built-in apps including Edge.

Generally, if the computer is a brand-name, up to two years old and running common line of business applications (such as Microsoft Office), I have been recommending the upgrade to Windows 10. However, if it is a built computer that is over two years old or running less common applications, I would not do so.

Before you upgrade you should ensure you have a full and complete backup of your programs and files should you need to return to your previous version of Windows. Whilst Windows does provide a rollback facility, it is best to have a separate backup should this facility not work correctly. We will discuss this in a future Blog article.

If you have a question you’d like to ask CyberGuru, contact us today.