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Choosing & Using Free and Open Source Software

Free & Open Source Software (FOSS) is a category of software that is developed by a community of software engineers (or their bosses) who donate their resources to create better software for the greater good. It is, as the name implies, free to use by anyone. But more importantly, it is developed in such a way that it is also easy to modify in order to suit a particular organization's particular needs.

Windows Updates & Other Security Patches

As an IT consulting and technical support firm, we at Develop CENTS constantly come across computers in need of major security patches for Microsoft Windows and applications that run in the OS such as Java and Adobe. Often times, the computer user does not even realize these updates are available, let alone, extremely important.

Over the years, Microsoft has tried to make it easier for PCs to automatically download and install security updates, but tons of computers can easily miss these updates for various reasons.

Free Password Management Tools

In recent blog posts, I've written about methods you can use keep your information secure. I also wrote about the importance of keeping your passwords safe. However, I haven't given any practical tools one can use to protect their data. Several utilities exist for such a purpose, but I'm only going to cover 3 tools you can use.

So without further ado, and in no particular order, here's that list.

Password Security & User Accounts

In last week’s blog post, I explained just three ways you can keep your organization’s data safe. There are often times, however, that an individual or organization uses an online service. In these cases, while the data is certainly yours and only you have access to it, you have no control over how the service provider secures that data (other than front-end password authentication, of course).

Information Security: 3 Ways to Secure Your Data

Information is the lifeblood of any organization, whether that organization is a nonprofit or not. For example, a nonprofit might have a large donor database with mailing addresses, email addresses and phone numbers for all of their constituents. What would happen to this organization if that information became compromised? The last thing your organization wants is to have to explain to your donors why and how their personal information was compromised.

Nonprofits, IT, & IT Security: An Introduction and Prerequisite

With the launch of our new website, we are launching a blog that will cover topics of Information Technology as well as IT Security as they relate to Nonprofit Organization.

In the future, we expect to cover software, services, best practices, definitions (i.e. "Cloud Computing"), and much more. As best we can, we will keep our readers abreast on current IT trends as they relate to nonprofits, and introduce new services and concepts.

The Different Types of Webhosting, and Why it Matters

There are thousands of webhosting companies in business today, and while many provide great service, the market is saturated with companies that provide less-than-stellar service at low prices. I firmly believe that in the web hosting & web development industry, you always "get what you pay for". This is especially relevant for nonprofit organizations, because the goal is to usually cut costs as much as possible. After all, your NPO/NGO wants as much money as possible to go towards meeting your actual mission, right?

Building a Website

Introduction

There are millions of websites on the web today, and the majority of Americans and residents of other developed countries use the internet to find information they need. The IT infrastructure is also slowly being improved upon in developing countries. As a result, building a website for your nonprofit organization / NGO should be a priority. Your website will help you achieve several things: Maintain relationships with your current donors, provide an avenue for fundraising, tell your story, and let others learn about your mission.

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