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Heartbleed

You have probably heard about the newly discovered Heartbleed vulnerability, widely considered to be one of the most widespread and potentially damaging security flaws of all time.

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Office for iPad

Last week, newly-minted Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, introduced Office for iPad. In addition to the immediate benefit of finally having, well, Office on our iPads, it also signals a possible shift in Microsoft’s strategy. I have discussed Microsoft’s strategic woes in a previous blog post, and can only hope that this is the beginning in a long series of needed changes. For now, nonprofits may be wondering how this impacts them. There are a few key things to realize when considering the iPad version of Office for your organization.

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Best of Nonprofit Tech, 14NTC

This year’s Nonprofit Technology Conference (#14NTC) did not have an official theme, but informal themes could be found everywhere you looked. Beth Kanter launched a vigorous Facebook thread by indirectly suggesting that Franken Panel had emerged as a possible theme for #14NTC.

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DC Nonprofit Tech Summit

Community IT Innovators enjoyed participating in the Do Something Better – A Nonprofit Technology Summit on March 25, 2014. David Deal, CEO, moderated a panel discussion on Faster, Smoother, Slimmer Nonprofit Operations. Here are some resources shared during the session.

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IT Security Essentials & Best Practices: Part 2

In Part 1, I provided an overview of IT security essentials and best practices. In this post, I provide some additional details. So after backups, antivirus and patching, what's next? Let's consider how we can extend our protection of data and devices and see what else we may be missing. In broad strokes, let’s look at the following: Network, Data, Devices and Applications.

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IT Security Essentials & Best Practices – Part 1

It's an interesting time to be working in information security. Really advanced security is within reach of even the smallest organization. With commonly available approaches and many more becoming more accessible, which technologies are right for your organization as it considers important issues of security and privacy? Which approaches are the most effective at ensuring that your data is safe? In this blog post, I will start with specific ways to build this foundation and then look at a broad survey of approaches to layer on security.

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Office 365 for Nonprofits: Recent Updates

Since its launch in June 2011, Office 365 has gone through many changes. For example, its look and feel was significantly upgraded, so it looks more like Office 2013. Office 365 has also simplified the application and approval process for nonprofits to access their free plans. You may have also seen that Skydrive is now called Onedrive, and now Office is being offered online. These are just a few of many changes, and there will be more in the future. For now, I would like to share some key changes that could be useful for your organization.

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Leveraging Technology for Social Good

Leveraging Technology for Social Good was the theme of the February 18th NetSquared DC Nonprofit Tech meetup held at Vanguard Communications in DC. Meeting participants were invited to share their top tips for leveraging technology for social good. David Deal, CEO, shares his top tips for enabling effective organizations with technology. Check out his tips and the event video.

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Apple Security Bug: How To Address It

As most of you have heard, a significant security bug was announced on Friday affecting Apple’s desktop (OS X 10.9) and mobile (iOS 6 & 7) operating systems. This bug allows an attacker to intercept secure/encrypted traffic without detection (what is known as a “man-in-the-middle” attack). In order for this attack to work, the attacker most likely needs to be on the same wifi network as the victim. Because most home and work wifi networks are secure, you are only vulnerable while connected to public/open networks.

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