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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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.
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Security Breach FAQ - Updated

    Last Monday, November 19, TechSoup learned that it was one of the organizations affected by the Convio/GetActive break-in, in which hackers stole email addresses and passwords of subscribers to various nonprofit newsletters. Within a matter of hours, TechSoup contacted the 3,000 subscribers whose passwords...
  • Blog Post: When "Friends" Ask for Money

    The Wall Street Journal's blog reported last week of a phishing scam on Facebook , where hackers allegedly "[break] into a user's Facebook account and hit up his or her friends for money with the online chat tool, pretending to be stranded or robbed." If this were true, then there would be...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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 ...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Thank You for NOT Clicking (Spam Links)

    A new study is suggesting that with spam filtering and perhaps user education, only a small percentage of spam gets opened or clicked on, or more precisely "less than 0.00001 per cent." Researchers at UCSD took an admittedly "legally grey" approach by infiltrating a spam generating...
  • Blog Post: 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...