"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.

A Simple Website Maintenance Schedule For Your Nonprofit

posted Jun 3, 2019, 4:50 PM by Nonprofit IT Resources

Think about your nonprofit website like your car: it needs different levels of regular, occasional, and annual maintenance to ensure passenger safety and optimal enjoyment. As your vehicle to success, your website needs just as much TLC as your car! This includes regular fixes like oil changes every 3,000 miles. It also requires occasional check-ups on the air and fuel filters. And annually, you should get your battery, power steering fluid, and brakes ... Click here for the complete article and here for the graphics credit.

A Sneak Peek at the Global Data (of nonprofits)

posted May 11, 2019, 9:59 AM by Nonprofit IT Resources   [ updated May 11, 2019, 10:13 AM ]

Now in its fourth year of production, the questions in the 2019 Global NGO Technology Survey are revealing some interesting findings! (See) a tiny sample of the results thus far and the numbers will change as more nonprofits, NGOs, and charities participate in this year's survey.  Click here for the complete article and here for the graphics credit.

Almost Half of SMBs (and nonprofits [editor's note]) Would Be Shut Down Permanently by a Major Data Breach

posted Mar 17, 2019, 8:18 AM by Nonprofit IT Resources

Forty-eight percent of SMBs say a major data breach would likely shut their business down permanently, according to the results of a recent AppRiver survey of 1,059 cyber security decision makers at SMBs with fewer than 250 employees.

In some sectors, that proportion is even higher. Seventy-one percent of financial services and insurance SMBs said a major breach would be fatal to their businesses, and 62 percent of healthcare SMBs and 60 percent of business consulting SMBs said the same.

As a result, 58 percent of survey respondents said they're more concerned about suffering a major data breach than they are about an office fire, flood or physical break-in.

And they're aware of the most likely sources .... Click here for the complete article and the graphics credit.

5 Ways to Protect Your Nonprofit’s Data

posted Feb 26, 2019, 8:51 AM by Nonprofit IT Resources

Odds are your nonprofit has amassed valuable data as a result of regular day-to-day activities like processing online donations; managing virtual staff or volunteers; or capturing details of those who subscribe to your nonprofit’s newsletter.

This type of data is both an asset and a risk for nonprofits. It seems cyberattacks, ransomware and hackers make the headlines on a regular basis. As nonprofit professionals, we understand the importance of protecting our organizational data and the privacy of those in our community. But what are we doing to prepare, and ....

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42 Percent of Small Business Owners Fail to Take Full Advantage of Technology

posted Feb 6, 2019, 8:28 AM by Nonprofit IT Resources

Almost half (42 percent) of small business owners say they don't use technology to its full capacity, and 13 percent say they don't use any technology at all, according to a recent Oasis survey of 289 owners of U.S. businesses with 10 to 99 employees.

Ten percent say they limit the use of technology because they're busy just "getting the job done every day," and 31 percent say they try to use it but aren't sure how it can be used most effectively.

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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."

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