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My name is jade carrel ( email@example.com ) and I work for a small non profit in Massachusetts. Due to new theft identity laws, I am looking to encrypt data on four laptops and on a couple of flash drives. My boss is worried that a free download may come virus laden. Can any of you comment on your...
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Re: Seniors Guide to Computers
Hi Sasha, Four years ago, I volunteered to do the web site for my wife's church ( www.zionlutherannj.net ). Many folks in the congregation are elderly and had computers but didn't know how to use them. I received many requests for help so I decided to create a web site for seniors. After two...
13 Jan 2009
Hello from California
Great service to all of us who run NPO's, it is very tough spending "Other Peoples Money" OPM, and I find that this site can help us get the much needed equipment at a great price not to mention the training! Great idea folks, please keep up the good work Ken Dreger VP. Homeland...
16 Sep 2010
Free Domain Name Review & Check Up
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Secure User Login
I need to add a secure user login to my site in order to limit access to certain pages. Is there software for this? Should I look for a host that offers this option?
14 Oct 2010
Is Java Too Risky to Use?
Is it better to just turn Java off, altogether, and use it only when you *absolutely* have to? Millions of computer users were advised Friday to temporarily disable Oracle's (ORCL) Java software because of security weaknesses that make their machines vulnerable to everything from virus-infected...
15 Jan 2013
Sample IT Security Plan
I've been trying to find some samples or templates for an IT security plan for nonprofits, but have been unsuccessful. We're a pretty small organization. We provide counseling and other services for Medicaid clientele and need a more detailed plan/policy than we currently have. Any help would...
14 Sep 2010
Who changed my DNS? Is this a security problem?
On Friday, between 10 & 11 a.m. Oregon time, I logged into my webmail, as i had earlier in the day - and my password was rejected. After almost an hour that included lots of time in a chat room with my web host, Host Gator, resetting my email password - that would work for about five minutes, and...
8 Apr 2013
Track Internet Usage
I need to find a better way to track the internet usage of our users. non-profit organization, around 60 computers. About a year ago, I had a proxy server setup which all our internet traffic went through - had some software called 602LAN SUITE installed, which had a lot of "extra"...
21 Feb 2007
Heights Parent Center
Good morning, I am the office manager at a small non-profit in the greater cleveland area. We recently lost the support of our IT professional and I am trying to fill in where I can. We have a small network of 12 computer connected to a server. I am trying to update our anti virus protection and can...
10 Feb 2009
How do I block all web based chat for students?
How do I block all web based chat for students? I look after a network at a charity. The teachers find that the students are wasting too much time on chat. I currently use Dansguardian & Squid to block porn but I am not sure how to deal with web based chat. Thanks
8 Aug 2005
Which Norton Product
If anyone can help, it would be much appreciated! I originally set out to find an antivirus program for my organization. I found Norton Antivirus, but then started looking at having other features, that are included in 360, systemworks, ect... Here I hit the roadblock! Most of the higher end Norton...
19 Feb 2009
We previously used a crappy program content protect and it slows computers down, we need to have some way of doing content filtering for our small organization, approx 15 computers. What are my options? Hardware? Software? Proxy Server? thanks!
14 Mar 2006
Anti-porn software needed
We have just setup our first office and have had the internet access connected this week. I need to have some kind of porn blocker on the computer(s) since volunteers have access to the computer. Our office is located in a building where any of several people might walk in and use our computers for things...
14 Sep 2005
Ban flash drive use to prevent viruses?
Flash drives have been a big problem in a lot of the offices I've worked in - people need to use them to transfer a lot of files, or very large files, rather than using the network (for instance, in Afghanistan, our office's network was down as much as it was up). But flashdrives also are so...
8 Mar 2012
Payment Processors & Security
We are in the process of looking at two CRM systems for our membership organization - we are currently using Memberclicks and the Moolah (which uses a gateway and merchant account of their own). Our Communications Committee would like to switch to Wild Apricot, but we are getting pushback about using...
5 Feb 2013
American Sues Ethiopian Government for Spyware Infection
February 18, 2014 American Sues Ethiopian Government for Spyware Infection Months of Electronic Espionage Put American Citizen and Family at Risk Washington, D.C. - An American citizen living in Maryland sued the Ethiopian government today for infecting his computer...
18 Feb 2014
Protecting youth from inappropriate web sites and pop-ups
We are a not for profit and looked into Net Nanny to protect the youth in our programs form logging onto inappropriate web sites and seeing inappropriate pop-ups. Net Nanny is cost prohibitive for us. We have 25-30 computers where we would like the software. Most of these are wireless networked...
26 Dec 2003
Interesting series on Online Privacy--check it out
NPR just did the final installment of their series, " The End of Privacy ". I highly recommend checking it out. It's a little scary, but also gave me things to think about for how to use social media either personally or for an organization, with an eye to the legal and social ramifications...
30 Oct 2009
Privacy & Security Lessons from Petraeus Scandal: Protection for Online Files?
Huff Post Tech has an article, Privacy Lessons from Petraeus Scandal: How to Protect Your Online Files . It says: If the scandal surrounding CIA director David Petraeus has taught us one thing, it's that your online conversations are anything but private. Email is not secure, no matter what...
16 Nov 2012
I am looking for an excellent free or low cost website filter to keep my employees from search sites such as my space, black planet, and ebay.
4 Sep 2007
5 Reasons You Should Be Using a VPN While Traveling
5 Reasons You Should Be Using a VPN While Traveling This is a terrific, detailed article from Too Many Adapters , a travel blog focused on tech tools for travelers. VPN is a "virtual private network." That means that all of the information you send and receive over the internet is scrambled...
13 Jun 2012
Report on Fake Domain Attacks on civil society orbs
One of These Things is Not Like the Other: A Report on Fake Domain Attacks This report by Access details how civil society organizations and news media are the targets of a variety of sophisticated attacks to compromise their websites and users, including the use of fake websites and social media...
11 Sep 2013
Cyber Liability Insurance - do I need it? We have been approached several times over the past year by our insurance agent informing us of our need for Cyber Liability Insurance. I have reviewed some of the lititure and it makes sense to me. Can anyone tell me why I might NOT want to do...
8 Dec 2009
securely destroying data & computers, protecting personal data
I'm cleaning out my email inbox, and found what look like three good items from the techrepublic.com email newsletters I thought I would pass on: Five tips for securely destroying data http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/five-apps/five-tips-for-securely-destroying-data/773?tag=content;siu-container...
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