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Disaster Preparedness and Relief Survey: Win an Amazon Gift Card!
Have you ever checked out TechSoup's Disaster Planning and Recovery Toolkit ? It's a good place to turn for any organization whose tech infrastructure has suffered a disaster, natural or otherwise. We're overhauling the manual and toolkit, and we need your help! If you have ten minutes to spare, please...
29 Jun 2009
RSA 2009: Symantec and MessageLabs Talk About the State of Security
At an event where managed security services provider MessageLabs (now part of Symantec ) showcased Internet threats in artform , I had a chance to talk to Brian Hernacki, an Architect at Symantec Research Labs and Mark Sunner, the Chief Security Principal at MessageLabs. In addition to seeing malware...
27 Apr 2009
A Closer Look at the Nonprofit IT Pyramid: A Framework Love Story in 4 Parts
Editor's Note: This is the second of a five-part series we'll be cross-posting on the TechSoup Blog from our friends in from Microsoft's Corporate Citizenship team. You can view this original post at the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Blog . Microsoft released a new paper, Demystifying IT Adoption and...
15 Sep 2010
Save the Date: Special Mailshell Promotion
For just 24 hours on December 5, nonprofit organizations and public libraries can request free anti-spam desktop software, donated by Mailshell, at TechSoup Stock. This special offer is part of the fifth annual "Stop Spam Today!" campaign.
31 Oct 2007
Are You Sending an E-Card to Mom or Dad This Holiday?
According to a Pew Internet report in mid-2012, over half of American adults older than 65 are using the Internet and email, and about a third of them are using social networking sites like Facebook as well. While many of us may have an IT departments, an accidental techie or a personal friend to whom...
18 Dec 2013
TechSoup at NTC: Talk Back, Security, Online Communities, Tech Planning, and More!
The time has come. The 2009 Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) has begun. Sessions have started this morning Twitterers and bloggers are live - blogging left and right. Some sessions are being broadcast live or presented via webinar through NTEN's site so even if you're not able to attend in person...
28 Apr 2009
What's So Scary about Cloud Security?
Keeping your critical data on an online cloud service has sparked ongoing debate in the nonprofit sector, not just in the U.S., but all over the world. Richard Cooper of Charity Technology Trust (CTT) in the U.K. argues that cloud-based services are likely to be safer and more secure than most...
16 Aug 2012
NTC Presentations Now Available from NTEN
Did you attend last week's NTC and missed out on some sessions? I know I wish I could have been cloned. Even if you didn't attend any of the sessions some of the speaker presentations are available on the NTEN Web site , including the one that Becky and I did, From Basic to Advanced: Trends, Tools and...
8 May 2009
The Most Commonly Used Passwords
When choosing a new password, we are often faced with a dilemma. While on the one hand, we want a password that is easy to remember, we don't want it to be so obvious that someone else could guess it. It should come as no surprise that when hackers try to crack into other people's accounts they first...
26 Jul 2007
Upcoming Webinar: Endpoint-Level Security at Your Library or Nonprofit
Wondering how to best protect your organization from security threats? Our upcoming webinar, Endpoint-Level Security at Your Library or Nonprofit , may be for you! This free webinar is happening Thursday, September 8, at 11:00 a.m. Pacific time . Symantec product manager Andrew Singer will explain...
30 Aug 2011
Stay Safe Online, All the Time: Latest Norton Antivirus and Norton Internet Security
Just in time for National Cyber Security Awareness Month , Symantec has continued their support of TechSoup and our mission with their updated donations of Norton AntiVirus 2011 and Norton Internet Security 2011 to eligible nonprofits and libraries. Continuing their tradition of simple-to-use yet effective...
29 Oct 2010
The People Behind AVG Free Anti-Virus
At RSA Conference, I had the chance to meet the people who make the widely popular AVG Anti-Virus software, which is often recommended in our Virus and Security Forum . Many in the nonprofit and library sectors are probably familiar with their products. I was assured that they stand by their free product...
4 Mar 2010
Stop Spam Webinar Recording
Spam is unavoidable, but there are ways to minimize and ways to manage. These are some of the things discussed in last Tuesday's TechSoup Talks webinar . I interviewed Eytan Urbas, from Mailshell and Scott Ebert, the IT Manager the Ross Ragland Theater. We learned how spam is detected and how Mailshell...
11 Dec 2008
How Safe Is the Cloud?
This is the last of a three-part series about cloud computing as it relates to civil society organizations (CSOs) by Keisha Taylor, Communications Manager at TechSoup's GuideStar International. You can also read the first post, TechSoup Global: Teaching CSOs About the Cloud , and the second post What...
22 Mar 2011
Now Available on TechSoup: Adobe Acrobat XI Pro
We've just added Adobe Acrobat XI Pro, the newest version of Adobe's PDF-creation software, to the TechSoup catalog. Eligible organizations can request it for Windows or Mac as a downloadable donation. Most people are familiar with PDF documents, and if you don't use Acrobat, you've...
26 Oct 2012
Be Vigilant about Disaster-Related Emails
In the wake of the horrible tragedies in Myanmar and China, millions of dollars worth of donations can be expected from generous people all over the world to help those desperately in need. Unfortunately, we can also count on unscrupulous criminals taking advantage of the situation to defraud individuals...
15 May 2008
Getting ".pdf" Spam? You Are Not Alone.
Depending on who you ask, PDF spam now consists of 2 to 30 percent of all spam in circulation. This recent surge in PDF spam is reflective of the "arms race" between spammers and anti-spam programs, notes Security Focus Web site. As anti-spam software has learned to better flag image spam ...
26 Jul 2007
The Green Side of Cloud Computing Campaign: Security
The theme for this week of TechSoup's GreenTech Initiative campaign, The Green Side of Cloud Computing , is security in the cloud. This is the topic that covers whether or not it's risky for you to put your data on someone else's website that you don't have any direct control over. This week we're featuring...
7 Dec 2010
Workshop: Five Things Every NPO Should Know About Hosted Data
On March 12, 2008 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., Aspiration will host a free workshop titled "Five Things Every Nonprofit Should Know About Their Hosted Data." The discussion will address the risks involved in having your data hosted remotely and steps you can take to mitigate those risks. Event Details...
10 Jul 2008
The Good (and Bad) News About Mobile Security
There's good news and bad news about mobile security. First, the bad news: mobile security is a rapidly growing problem. The good news is that there are some basic steps you can take to protect the mobile devices you use in your nonprofit or library. We've spent a lot of time talking about...
23 Nov 2011
Voices from the Community: Security
Voices from the Community is a series of blog posts highlighting various threads from the TechSoup Community Forums and other TechSoup online community channels. This edition is focused on security-related discussions from the TechSoup Community Forums . The Internet is great because it connects us all...
17 Aug 2012
What if Cloud Vendors Go Out of Business or Delete Your Account?
This week we got a great comment from a TechSoup member to our Cloud Technology and the NGO Community blog post. It asked about cloud companies going out of business and how secure data is in such cases. Can cloud vendors simply close your account without notice? What should nonprofits do about...
15 Oct 2012
Don't Let the "Feds" Fool You
In the online phenomenon known as phishing , scammers impersonate legitimate businesses or organizations in order to get credit card or other sensitive information from unsuspecting users. The latest phishing scam involves emails purportedly sent from federal agencies such as the FTC or the IRS, according...
31 Jul 2007
Symantec Donations for Public Libraries
I know one thing that librarians have to be thankful for this year: Symantec now allows U.S. and Canadian public libraries to request its product donations. This is great news for libraries. It's especially timely since two of Symantec's most popular security products, Norton AntiVirus and Norton Internet...
26 Nov 2008
Your Online Account Has Been Compromised — Now What?
One evening earlier this week, I left my smartphone home before I left for class. Upon my return, it said I had login issues and needed to reset my credentials. Once I did and logged in to my email, friends were writing and replying to me about the spam I was sending. It contained a link to a file...
13 Jun 2013