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Top Tech Companies Talk Privacy
The premise of how-old.net is simple: have the website analyze a photo, either a stock photo or your own, and it'll return gender and perceived age. Appealing to all egos, the site went viral also because of how it far off it can be . The site also raises a number of privacy concerns. Who Owns...
Keeping Hancock County Healthy in Every Way
Like most people at small nonprofits, Jim Fisher wears a lot of different hats. As senior planner for the Hancock County Planning Commission , he leads dozens of projects in town planning and land management for Hancock County, Maine. As the most tech-savvy person in the organization, he also serves...
Share Files and Collaborate Online with Box
TechSoup is proud to announce our newest donor partner, Box.org. Box.org provides organizations with the Box file-sharing, content management, and collaboration service. See the Box.org Donation Program for details about this offer. Is It Right for My Organization? You can use Box's cloud...
14 Things I Learned About Online Privacy in 2015
Interested in how secure you'll be online this year? Some of the smartest people in the online privacy industry gave their candid views on what is in store for our personal data at the recent Open Forum on Data Privacy Trends in San Francisco. The good news is that there are now good tools for...
Ali Forney Center Saves Time and Effort with Norton Security
Transgender teen Ali Forney fled his home at age 13. He bounced from foster home to foster home before ultimately ending up on the streets. Forney continually helped other youth that were facing similar difficult circumstances, and he became a public advocate for improving safety for homeless youth until...
Upcoming Webinar January 15: Symantec's Norton Security for Nonprofits and Libraries
Is your organization concerned about securing your devices and data for the new year? Join us this Thursday, January 15 at 11 a.m. Pacific time (2 p.m. Eastern) for a free webinar to learn about Symantec's Norton which offers new, streamlined Norton Security and Norton Small Business donations...
Technology, the Backbone of the United Way of Franklin County's Powerful Work
Nancy Bell considers herself to be a "techno nerd." She says she's got one of everything: computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone, and so on. The executive director of United Way of Franklin County, Virginia likes it when her organization's technology is running smoothly and all the components...
News by the Spoonful: TechSoup's 2015 Tech Predictions
Every now and then, we like to predict what's on the tech horizon. We recently polled our TechSoup employees and NetSquared community on what they see as looming large in 2015. What they said may surprise you. Here's what they think will be worth paying attention to in the coming year. ...
10 Best Practices for Email Security
Email is a critical business tool for nonprofits. Unfortunately, nonprofits face the same threats to their email security that other businesses and organizations face. Deploying a central email security solution and following 10 best practices will help keep your email system protected. 1. Stop...
Helping Families and Staying Secure with Office 365
With only a two-person IT department serving more than 200 employees and 600 volunteers, Daniel Yu, IT director for Arizona Baptist Children's Services (ABCS), has his work cut out for him. At ABCS, busy is in the job description. The organization works in a variety of areas, supporting the neediest...
"This Is My Friend": How the Kosch-Westerman Foundation Connects Terminally Ill Children to the Outside World
Children love their freedom. Going to school and playing with friends are usually the only things on a child's mind, and normally not in that order. When a serious or terminal illness hits, a child's world suddenly becomes limited to what they can access from their bed, and friends can disappear...
You're Not Paranoid — They Are Out to Get You
If news about the Edward Snowden NSA scandal, Target hacking , and the Heartbleed bug left you feeling paranoid, we're glad to hear it. At TechSoup, we believe everyone should have a healthy degree of paranoia about online safety and security. As part of our Safer Online for Nonprofits campaign...
Mobile for Good: iOS Threats, Creepy Cookies, and Some Good News
Mobile for Good is a bit of a misnomer for this month's column. We've got malware, invasive tracking cookies, and a report on not-so-secure messaging apps — not exactly good things. But there's light at the end of this tunnel: new, free updates to Office mobile apps! WireLurker/Masque...
Healthy Fear, Healthy Habit: Teaching Privacy to New Internet Users
Digital peeping toms. That phrase gives you the chills, doesn't it? It scary to think that your activity online can be tracked by corporations, the government, hackers, and other nefarious (and seemingly un -nefarious) entities. But with proper education, Internet users can fight back against these...
NetSquared Community Events: Get Safer Online
It's getting colder out there ... winter is coming. Huddle up with your nonprofit technology colleagues at a NetSquared meetup to keep warm and learn about the latest trends in nonprofit technology. TechSoup’s NetSquared groups are helping to keep the scary away with a series of online privacy...
Get the Guide: 12 Tips to Stay Safer Online
The Safer Online guide is here! Created especially for nonprofits, the Safer Online for Nonprofits Guide is packed with practical tips that you can start using RIGHT NOW to keep yourself and your organization safe. Written by our very own Kevin Lo , the guide addresses four areas where your organization's...
It's Always a Good Time to Get Safer Online
On Wednesday, October 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pacific time, we're launching Office Hours: Safer Online , the first of our new TechSoup Forums Q&A series with industry experts that take your questions in real time. Follow this first event in the forums and on social media with the hashtag #Do1Thing...
Learn from the Pros at a NetSquared Community Event
Fall has arrived, and with it comes fundraising season! More than one-third of charitable giving happens in the last three months of the year ; the emergence of #GivingTuesday and the growth of online giving makes the fall ever more critical for charities. Feeling overwhelmed? Your local NetSquared...
Learn the ABCs of Online Security Threats
Online dangers and security hazards are bad enough, but understanding what they all mean is enough to give you a headache. DDoS? XSS? MITM? OMG. It’s enough to confuse anyone. We’ll help you get the gist of what all these security threats mean, and tell you how you can protect yourself and...
The Future of Cloud Computing: 5 Startups to Watch from BoxWorks
When I attended the BoxWorks conference in San Francisco in September, one extraordinary session I attended was on emerging cloud technologies. It featured five startup companies that gave a glimpse into where the cloud is taking us. BoxWorks is the annual conference for Box.com, one of the emerging...
How Security Breaches Really Happen at Your Nonprofit
Opening scene: a pale, bespectacled man types furiously on a keyboard, muttering, "I almost got it!" Monochrome green code scrolls across his screen, and an unnecessarily large "Transfer Status" window shows stolen data in the process of being transferred. Hollywood has taught...
Protect Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself: Understanding Security Threats
Reading up on the latest online security threats is sort of like going to the dentist. While you know it's important for your overall well-being, it can sometimes be a bit, well, painful. Luckily for you, we're big nerds here at TechSoup and read up on security threats for you. This security...
What TechSoupers Are Doing to Ensure Their Online Security: Part 2
In the spirit of the Do One Thing campaign, TechSoup staffers reveal what they're doing to ensure their online security. This second part of the series will explore how several TechSoupers are using two-factor authentication on the websites they use often or with online banking and e-commerce sites...
What TechSoupers Are Doing to Ensure Their Online Security: Part 1
In the spirit of the Do One Thing campaign, TechSoup staffers reveal what they're doing to ensure their online security. Hint: it's all about managing password managers and two-factor authentication. Part 1 of this series will explore how TechSoup staff are dealing with password overload. ...
Why Celebrity iCloud Hacking Should Matter to Your Nonprofit
If you pay attention to the news, you may have recently heard about a major Internet hacking of celebrity phones and devices , in which hundreds of photos were leaked to the wider Internet. There was no intentional sharing by the celebrities — they were hacked. This may seem like just another...