Keep Your Data Safe: The Joy of Locking Your Computer

Tech Soup Blog

Here's a simple way to keep your data safe from potential bad actors in one easy step. Working Remotely Promotes Data Vulnerability. A momentary lapse in vigilance at work or a coffee shop can result in a data breach of epic proportions.

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Nonprofits: The Case for Integrating Email & Social

SocialFish

Because by integrating social data with your existing email list, you can (amongst other things): Figure out your social multiplier – and reach more eyeballs. For more information please contact Artie Patel, VP of Business Development at artie@attentive.ly.

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Why You Need a Mobile Ready Email Template

NetWits

The Data. Here’s how our messages showed up in iOS: And Gmail renders things similarly: This is no small matter. Campaign Monitor found that as of June 2011, iOS and Gmail accounted for up to 23% of email clients.

Comparing Google Apps to Microsoft Outlook

Idealware

But Google Apps’ web-based email system, Gmail , is often regarded as superior in terms of ease of use. By default, Gmail groups together all emails in the same conversation, but this can be disabled. For those who rely on searching their inbox, Gmail’s search is faster and often more accurate than Outlook’s. The web-based nature of Gmail is both a strength and a weakness. On the other hand, Gmail doesn’t offer all the advanced functionality Outlook does.

Survey: Less Than Half of Nonprofit Websites are Responsive

NonProfit Hub

Most nonprofits said they view the primary function of their websites as a way to provide educational content and inform the community about their mission. Almost 60 percent of the nonprofits surveyed used gmail, while just more than half (51 percent) use Google Docs. Data Tracking.

The Best Productivity Tools (Part 2): Favorites Revealed

Tech Soup Blog

Open Data Kit helps you collect and manage data through a mobile app that works offline. Open Function is an automated data integration tool that connects anything to anything (think Internet of things sensors connected to water pumps in mines).

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Crazy for the Tools

NTEN

Unless you think you're going to log into everything with Facebook or Gmail, lots of accounts and passwords are part of life – and using strong passwords should go with it. It will pop up choices if you have multiple accounts for the same website (such as multiple Gmail or Salesforce log-ins). It also includes related information, such as your password reminder questions, and general secure notes. Data Infrastructure NPTech NTEN

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Is Google Wave a Tidal Wave?

Idealware

The early version of Google Wave I saw looked a lot like Gmail , with a folder list on the left and "wave" list next to it. Unlike Gmail, a third pane to the right included an area where you can compose waves, so Wave is three-columner to Gmail's two.

Cool Social Tools: Ravetree

SocialFish

Usually these views are coupled with a mention of Facebook or Google, and references to “data mining” and “browser tracking.” There are also several great email services that offer privacy not found on Gmail, or many of the other big-name email providers.

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Tricks and Tips to Use #Ello (With Screenshots)

Frogloop

Last week I joined Ello , a new social network that is ad-free and allows users to opt out of some data collection and tracking. User Settings and Data Permissions. Below the bio section you can change your notifications settings and data tracking settings.

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Make Sure Your Nonprofit's Communications Are Safe and Secure!

Tech Soup Blog

To start, it's helpful to determine how your data might be at risk, who might want to intercept your data, and how you can more strategically defend yourself. Good online security habits can go a long way toward protecting your privacy and data. For more information, see.

Useful Tools and Tips

Idealware

Interesting things pop up on the web all of the time; here are a few things I think are worth sharing: Twitter Results in Google Even if you will never tweet, it's obvious that Twitter is a source of useful information, and, in some cases, a more timely source than traditional search engines and media. Exhibit Your Info Exhibit is a web site that lets you upload spreadsheets, maps and other data to an information rich, filterable, active web page that can then be shared.

Both Sides Now

Idealware

Finally, a painfully honest blog post by the site's founder makes clear that the server crashed, the data was lost, and there were no backups. My recent posts have advocated cloud computing, be it using web-based services like Gmail, or looking for infrastructure outsourcers who will provide you with virtualized desktops. Don't be shy about requesting staffing information, resumes, and details about any potential off-site vendor's infrastructure. Focus on the data.

The Road to Inbox:0

Idealware

In the last week or two, Google's GMail app added a bunch of new features, at least three of which are, to my mind, insanely significant. As you probably know, GMail is about three years old, still in beta, and from it's release, the most innovative approach to email that we've seen since the whole folder metaphor was first thought up. Here's how I use Gmail: Using pop forwarding, I feed three separate email accounts into my primary GMail account.

Swept Up in a Google Wave

Idealware

For many of us, we no longer browse, and we search less than we used to, because the data that we're looking for is either coming to us through readers and portals where we subscribe to it, or it's being referred to us by our friends and co-workers on social networks. Photo by Mrjoro.

Colossus vs. Cloud - an Email System Showdown

Idealware

Exchange is a mature and powerful product, that does absolutely everything that an email system has to do, and offers powerful calendaring, contact management and information sharing features on top of it. A quick comparison to Google's GMail offering might look a bit like " Bambi vs. Godzilla ". And, as Michelle pointed out the other day, GMail might be a risky proposition, despite it being more affordable, because it puts your entire mail store "in the cloud". Win - GMail.

Nonprofit Technology News for August 2013

Tech Soup Blog

Google Gmail. Chances are that a fair number of your email newsletter subscribers are on Gmail. Gmail users can drag a message into their primary folder to "train" Gmail to do that in the future. Open Data in Africa.

Need a mobile strategy? Start with your email.

Frogloop

Chances are good that you don’t have clear information on which email clients your subscribers are using to read your messages. As of now, this data isn’t commonly available from email providers. They may be able to dig it up and if this information isn’t available then push for them to add this reporting. A decent fall-back for this data might be Campaign Monitor’s CSS support report. Google Gmail. Gmail).

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112 Nonprofit Blog Posts, Articles, and Stories from 2013 You Can’t Miss.

Connection Cafe

Micro content has trained us to prefer our information bite-sized rather than super-sized. Are you using data as your guide? Check out some of his blogs from the conference , where he covers benchmarking data, donor ready patrons, and conversion rates. Darian Rodriguez Heyman, Founder of Nonprofit Boot Camp and Co-Founder of Social Media, uses data, experience and a bit of common sense to uncover the most opportune times to share posts on social media.

Is Google+ The Future Of Networking, Social And Otherwise?

Idealware

Accordingly, most of my friends use the platform to share information broadly, rather than converse. It is overall more personal information than what you see on Twitter, but it's not interpersonal. This makes it more like an email extended conversation than a separate social network -- I'll be surprised if we don't see some merging of the Google+ Circles and GMail Contacts soon.

Tools for gathering data for blog and web page metrics

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

These sites will be built with Ajax, Flash and other interactive technologies that allow the user to conduct affairs all within a single web page - like Gmail or the Google Reader. Photo by Andy Welsh from flickr - cc "by" license.

70 Low-Cost or Free Web-Based Tools for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Formstack allows nonprofits to easily create online forms to capture contact information of new supporters, volunteers, and donors. GlobalTweets is a website which plots recent tweets from all over the world on a map by using their geographical information.

33 Fun, Useful, and Totally Random Resources for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Additionally, the app serves as hub to all other Google Apps, such as Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Reader, Voice, Maps, etc. Currently in beta, TwitSprout also allows you to easily convert your Twitter data into a PDF-format for easy sharing with others.

A Few Good Tools for Measuring and Monitoring Social Media

Idealware

Measuring them means counting, calculating and quantifying those activities into useful metrics that will inform your actions. Gathering Data. The process of gathering data, as well as what data you gather, differs for each channel. Gathering this information helps you understand what people are doing on Facebook, and how to tap into it. Do followers retweet your posts, or share information of relevance and interest to your organization and constituents?

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Software to Build and Grow Your Nonprofit

Tech Soup Blog

Excel 2010: Develop spreadsheets and keeping track of data. Outlook integrates your email with calendars and contact information. The Windows version also includes a nonprofit-specific version with built-in features for grant tracking, financial reporting, and IRS Form 990 data.

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111 Low-Cost or Free OnlineTools for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Ideal for capturing contact information for your mailing list, event registrations, and even customizing PayPal into your website for donation processing, Wufoo is well-reviewed and reasonably priced.

Nonprofit Technology News for September 2013

Tech Soup Blog

It aims to develop very low-cost Internet on mobile phones to bring the 4 billion souls on earth who don't yet have Internet in to the information age. Here are his picks for the top three apps that are bringing the continent in to the information age.

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60 Fun, Useful, and Totally Random Resources for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

GlobalTweets is a website which plots recent tweets from all over the world on a map by using their geographical information. Additionally, the app serves as hub to all other Google Apps, such as Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Reader, Voice, Maps, etc.

85 Low-Cost or Free Web-Based Tools for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Formstack allows nonprofits to easily create online forms to capture contact information of new supporters, volunteers, and donors. GlobalTweets is a website which plots recent tweets from all over the world on a map by using their geographical information.

Security: The Scary Part of Cloud Computing

Tech Soup Blog

It was a one-day in-person free workshop, thanks to funding from Google Foundation , and attracted an impressive array of smart and informed nonprofit technologists. The event was a chance for me to become further informed on the scary part of cloud computing: security. Donny is a certified public accountant (CPA) and a certified information technology professional (CITP). This outage compromised sensitive data for Sony's 77 million customers.

50 Fun, Useful, and Totally Random Resources for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

GlobalTweets is a website which plots recent tweets from all over the world on a map by using their geographical information. Additionally, the app serves as hub to all other Google Apps, such as Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Reader, Voice, Maps, etc. As part of that goal, TechSoup provides heavily discounted technology products and information geared specifically to the unique challenges faced by nonprofits and libraries.

Will Facebook’s Internet.org Bridge the Global Digital Divide?

Tech Soup Blog

The program aims to develop very low-cost Internet on mobile phones to bring the 4 billion souls on earth who don't yet have Internet to the information age — or is it? A more informative place to look is Facebook’s white paper.

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Know Your Audience: How to Use Google Analytics With Your WordPress Site

Byte Technology

If you already have a gmail account use it to sign in. If you don’t have a gmail account, create one first. You can now click on the “Reporting” tab back on the Google Analytics page to view the detailed tracking information for your site. But be sure to use the tracking data for what it is intended: to give you ideas for tweaking your site to make it the most user friendly for your target audience.

100 Low-Cost or Free Web-Based Tools for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Easelly allows you to easily to create infographics for your nonprofit by using pre-designed templates and a simple drag-and-drop process for data integration. Formstack allows nonprofits to easily create online forms to capture contact information of new supporters, volunteers, and donors.

What if Cloud Vendors Go Out of Business or Delete Your Account?

Tech Soup Blog

It asked about cloud companies going out of business and how secure data is in such cases. In our TechSoup Global NGO cloud survey we found that people in nonprofits and libraries are indeed concerned about data security in the cloud the world over. Safeguarding Critical Data.

Bringing home the bacn

Connection Cafe

Not too long ago, Google also introduced a feature in Gmail called Priority Inbox , which has automatic classification of the importance of an email based on their criteria , but also allows users of the service to train the Gmail filter what is and is not "important", and higher prioritized, email.

10NTC Science Fair Preview - Giveaways, More Giveaways and Free Apple iPads

NTEN

We're a GIS software development firm, and we'd love to share with you how you can use the power of geographic information systems -- beyond just displaying dots on a map. Bicknell Information Group in booth 75. iWave Information Systems Inc.

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60 Fun, Useful, and Totally Random Resources for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

GlobalTweets is a website which plots recent tweets from all over the world on a map by using their geographical information. Additionally, the app serves as hub to all other Google Apps, such as Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Reader, Voice, Maps, etc. As part of that goal, TechSoup provides heavily discounted technology products and information geared specifically to the unique challenges faced by nonprofits and libraries.

Should you move you email to "the cloud"?

Idealware

If you are using something like GMail, you need to find a way to back it up. There are other ways to back up Gmail if you want to stick to using the web client. For some organizations that do sensitive work (Chinese democracy activists for example, or anarchists and the like) using a service like GMail is a security risk - if Google or most providers are asked to hand over information, you can bet they will, since it is in their best interest to do so, not to fight a government.

Interview with "Cloud Surfing" Author Thomas Koulopoulos

Tech Soup Blog

And even if you haven't, you're likely using cloud-based services in your home or workplace already, such as Gmail, Skype, Dropbox, and more. They were repositories of data and information.