"Random Items of Interest"

All "Random Items of Interest" do not state or imply Nonprofit IT Resources endorsement of the methods, hardware, software or any other aspect of the information presented.  The "random items" are offered for the general interest of the reader.  All sources and websites presented are included for the reader's follow-up and to provide proper credit to the authors/sources.  

Some Random Items of Interest were originally published for the "small business" community. Because many nonprofits would qualify as a small business if pursuing a profit, the information is considered applicable to nonprofits and has been included.

Perfect Computer Security Is a Myth. But It’s Still Important

posted Feb 15, 2018, 4:03 AM by Nonprofit IT Resources   [ updated Feb 15, 2018, 4:05 AM ]

Maybe you’ve heard it before: “Security is a myth.” It’s become a common refrain after a never-ending string of high-profile security breaches. If Fortune 500 companies with million dollar security budgets can’t lock things down, how can you?

And there’s truth to this: perfect security is a myth. No matter what you do, no matter how careful you are, you will never be 100 percent safe from hackers, malware...

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What is open source?

posted Jan 20, 2018, 4:50 PM by Nonprofit IT Resources   [ updated Jan 20, 2018, 4:56 PM ]

The term "open source" refers to something people can modify and share because its design is publicly accessible. The term originated in the context of software development to designate a specific approach to creating computer programs. 

Today, however, "open source" designates a broader set of values --- what we call "the open source way." Open source projects, products, or initiatives embrace and celebrate principles of open exchange, collaborative participation, rapid prototyping, transparency, meritocracy, and ... 

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Ten Safe Computing Tips

posted Oct 30, 2017, 2:33 PM by Nonprofit IT Resources   [ updated Oct 30, 2017, 2:33 PM ]

Follow these tips to keep your computer's security tight. ... use these tips as a security checklist:

Patch, Patch, PATCH! Set up your computer for automatic software and operating system updates. An unpatched machine is more likely to have software vulnerabilities that can be exploited.

Install protective software. Sophos is available as a free download for Windows, Mac, and Linux from IS&T's software grid. When installed, the software should be set to scan your files and update your virus definitions on a regular basis.

Choose strong passwords.Strong passwords use a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters to create a mental image or an acronym that is easy for you to remember. Create a different password for ...  Click here for the complete article and the graphic credit. 

Office 365 vs G Suite (Google Apps) 2017 - An In-depth Comparison Review

posted Aug 6, 2017, 7:40 AM by Nonprofit IT Resources   [ updated Aug 6, 2017, 7:43 AM ]

Office 365 vs G Suite (or, as it used to be known, Google Apps)...which is better? This is a question that many businesses, particularly startups, have trouble answering.

In this post I’m going to try to help you decide which is best for your business, by putting the two product suites head to head in a detailed comparison review.

Read on to see how G Suite and Office 365 fare against each other in the key areas of pricing, features and ease-of use. We’ll explore all the pros and cons of each product in depth and explain why, and when, you might want to use one over the other. Let's start by taking a look at what these products actually let you do.

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The workplace will never be the same again.

posted May 22, 2017, 2:21 PM by Nonprofit IT Resources   [ updated May 22, 2017, 2:31 PM ]

Swiftly and surely, the world is shifting to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). It’s becoming the de facto delivery model for 
core business applications. But how is SaaS transforming the way we work? Over the past six months, we surveyed 1,800+ IT professionals to get a deeper understanding of this new workplace, where SaaS applications serve as the backbone of productivity.

The data revealed astonishing findings. SaaS is a double-edged sword. And while it brings incredible benefits, it also creates formidable challenges that are taking the roles and responsibilities of IT to ....

To read the full report click on "Library and Links" (above navigation bar) and then click on the report title "2017-State of the SaaS Powered Workplace."

7 Reasons to Be Thankful for Nonprofits

posted Nov 23, 2016, 2:23 PM by Nonprofit IT Resources   [ updated Nov 23, 2016, 2:24 PM ]

Thanksgiving is on the way and I am getting ready to stuff my face twice full of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and endless slices of pie. I say “twice” because not only do I go home for Thanksgiving, my roommates and I have a tradition of hosting our own feast a week before Thanksgiving (where I do all of the cooking and they all compliment me for my culinary skills). Few things bring me as much excitement as others enjoying ....

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2016 Global NGO Online Technology Survey

posted Oct 20, 2016, 4:46 PM by Nonprofit IT Resources   [ updated Oct 20, 2016, 4:55 PM ]

More than 4,500 nonprofits, charities, and NGOs worldwide have participated in the 2016 Global NGO Online Technology Survey and the early results are quite interesting.  Here's a sneak peek at a very small sampling of the data:
  • 51% of survey respondents define themselves as a nonprofit organization.  29% as an NGO.  9% as a charity.  4% as a civil society organization.

  • 78 % responded that their organization has a mobile-compatible website.  15% regularly send texts to donors and supporters.
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What Is the Dark Web?

posted Oct 20, 2016, 2:00 PM by Nonprofit IT Resources   [ updated Oct 20, 2016, 4:55 PM ]

There are two webs. There’s the normal web most people use every day, which is easily accessible and indexed by search engines. And then there’s the “dark web”–hidden websites that won’t show up when you search Google, and can’t be accessed without special software.

The “dark web” is a subset of the “deep web”. The deep web is just the part of the web that isn’t accessible by search engines. You won’t find these websites when you use a search engine like Google or Bing, but they’re otherwise normal websites. The “dark web” is a smaller part of the deep web that can’t be accessed without ....

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7 Free Productivity Tools for Small Business (and Nonprofits)

posted Oct 19, 2016, 7:40 AM by Nonprofit IT Resources   [ updated Oct 20, 2016, 4:26 PM ]

Not too many years ago, most small businesses (and nonprofits) paid hefty fees for office productivity suites like Microsoft Office. Today, however, free cloud-based options like Google Docs and Office Online mean that anyone can access word processing and spreadsheet capabilities for free.

So why should small business owners and entrepreneurs consider open source alternatives when they could simply choose from any of these free cloud-based options?

For starters, the free versions of the proprietary productivity suites don't offer as many features as their downloadable desktop versions. While they offer basic capabilities, they don't always meet the needs of small businesses that need to put together complicated documents.

Second, you can't use a cloud-based option when you're offline. If you experience a power outage or if you're on vacation without connectivity and you need to get some work done, you're out of luck if cloud-based tools are all you have.

In addition, some people don't feel safe trusting all of their documents to the cloud—especially if those documents contain sensitive information. What if the cloud provider has a data breach or loses files?

Open source office productivity software offers the best of both worlds. Like the cloud-based options mentioned above, it doesn't cost anything. But this downloadable desktop software offers the full range of features that small businesses need. It's usable even if you don't have an Internet connection, and it doesn't require you to store sensitive documents in the cloud.

In this slideshow, we'll take a look at seven of the best open source office productivity software available. Some of these free productivity .... 

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Ditching Microsoft Office? Tips on how to switch to LibreOffice

posted Sep 24, 2016, 10:13 AM by Nonprofit IT Resources   [ updated Oct 20, 2016, 4:25 PM ]

Breaking up with Microsoft doesn't have to be difficult if you follow this advice from those in the know.

Since open-source office suites started gaining popularity more than a decade ago, some large organizations have been turning away from Microsoft Office.

The Italian ministry of defence's migration of more than 120,000 PCs to the open-source LibreOffice is just the latest in a string of projects to replace Microsoft at European authorities.

However, while momentum may be gathering, these organizations remain in the minority, and businesses generally haven't followed suit in jumping off the Microsoft Office bandwagon ....

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