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Why Internet Anonymity Is a Necessary Evil
The concept of Internet anonymity has received considerable debate in recent years. Internet anonymity means any interaction a user has on the Internet is shielded, so that his or her identity is not shared with another user or any third party on the Internet. Here some good reasons why Internet anonymity...
10 Tips for Protecting Your Online Privacy and Identity
Editor's note: the Internet Society's tips are useful for all of us as individual consumers. If your organization offers tech or other basic skills training, these are also great tips to share with the communities you serve. For a lot of us, shopping season is just around the corner. And for...
The Best Online Safety Resources for YOUR Organization
There are a handful of things each of us should do to keep secure online, right? We should make our passwords long and strong, keep our software updated, and all the stuff they list on StaySafeOnline.org . But wait. There's more! We know that one size does not fit all, when it comes to teaching...
10 Facts You Need To Know About Data Breaches
The year 2014 was dubbed "year of the data breach." With many new data breaches dominating the headlines in 2015, including Anthem , the White House , banking attacks, and the latest employee data theft at the US federal government , one can only imagine what the name for 2015 will be: the...
A Nonprofit's Guide to Antivirus Software and Malicious Program Defense
This blog was originally published on TechSoup Canada and was written by Corbin Hartwick of Techboomers.com . We wanted to share it with our audience as a part of our larger online security series. As you may recall from our first post in the Internet security series , we reviewed safe online practices...
6 Ways to Keep Your Organization Secure
Like most nonprofits, your organization likely deals with a lot of data: donor contacts, details about the clients you serve, and data collected in the field. What if that data was compromised by malware, a virus, or a hacker? The right combination of security tools can help your organization stay locked...
Test Your Security Knowledge and Win an Amazon Gift Card!
For the entire month of October, TechSoup and our donor partners participated in National Cyber Security Awareness Month (also known as NCSAM). We had blog posts , events, resources, and more to help your organization stay secure online. We also had a weekly security quiz with prizes courtesy of Symantec...
Celebrate National Cyber Security Awareness Month with TechSoup
October might be a time for ghosts and monsters, but there are some other evils lurking out there: Internet malware, viruses, and threats! For the entire month of October, TechSoup and our donor partners will be participating in National Cyber Security Awareness Month (also known as NCSAM). Celebrated...
5 Steps to Keep Your Email Attachments Secure
Although they are essential in most businesses, email attachments can be used to spread malware infections, gain access to systems, and leak confidential information. Here are five ways to keep your email attachments secure. 1. Block Dangerous Attachment Types IT departments should consider creating...
When Fonts Attack, It's Time to Patch
Microsoft released a critical security patch this week, affecting both Windows computer and Windows Server products. There has been no lack of drama in the security world these days, with plots of intrigue, scandal, and double-dealing rivaling the best summer blockbusters. In early July, it was...
The Bottom Line with Bitdefender BOX
In a world where more and more of our devices are talking to each other and sharing data online, you need to start worrying about where all that data is going. Bitdefender BOX Wants to Protect All Your "Things" The new Bitdefender BOX is a security appliance from TechSoup donor partner...
Windows Server 2003 Will Hit End of Life in 6 Weeks
Remember when The Matrix series was still playing in movie theaters, the Marlins beat the Yankees in the World Series, and Beyoncé released her first solo single "Crazy in Love" (featuring Jay Z)? That year was 2003, which is also when Windows Server 2003 came out. While Bey and Jay...
Your Top 10 Tech Topics
Fiscal year end is a time of reflection here at TechSoup. Well … reflection and crunching epic piles of data. We're reviewing what worked well this year and what we can improve for next year. This includes understanding what you, our nonprofit community, found most interesting in 2014–2015...
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...