Buyer Beware: Fake Mobile Apps Target Holiday Shoppers

In our attempt to avoid the holiday rush while securing the best deals on brands we love,  it is tempting to seek out apps promising a more convenient shopping experience – but mobile buyers BEWARE! The Washington Post reports that a recent study by researchers at RiskIQ found an estimated one in 10 apps advertising Black Friday deals was fraudulent.

Looking ahead to 2017: Microsoft to end support for Office 2007 and Exchange 2007

As you budget for 2017, note that Microsoft will end support for several of their most prominent products in 2017: The final security updates for Windows Vista  is April 11, 2017 for and Office 2007 ends on October 10, 2017. Support of Office Exchange 2007 servers will also end in 2017.

Budgeting for system updates and technology replacement

Most nonprofit organizations work off of a strategic plan to guide them to achieve their mission. Many organizations, however, have not developed a plan for their technology and how it can support that mission. Instead, they take a more reactionary stance toward hardware and software: if hardware breaks down or mission-critical software cannot run on an obsolete operating system, it gets replaced. However, adopting a more strategic approach to technology replacement can help avoid surprise expenses, save money, mitigate data security risks, and increase productivity.

What's the future of technology? Our top picks from Wall Street Journal's 3rd Technology Conference

Wall Street Journal’s much anticipated WSJ.D Live Conference brought together some of the most recognized influencers, thought leaders and innovators to unveil their top predictions on the state of technology and where it’s headed in 2017 and beyond. ­

 

How household devices brought down the Internet (And how to avoid a DNS attack)

On October 18, unknown hackers used the Mirai malware bot network to hijack Internet of Things (IoT) devices to bring down large swaths of the Internet itself. The specific DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack was on Dyn, a company providing critical Internet services to sites like Reddit, Twitter, Amazon, Spotify and Soundcloud. An attack of this scale is unprecedented, but could be an early hint of more to come.

Top Tech Challenges for Nonprofits: Training staff (and board) on new technologies

While the benefits of the new technologies may be evident to you, they are not always immediately embraced by the team and can cause disruption if proper training is not part of the roll-out.  Before rolling out any new technology, it’s good to be aware of some of the top reasons employees may resist the change.

Enterprise Wi-Fi technology comes home

As the Internet of Things continues to evolve, most people would agree, the one key ingredient left out of this recipe for Jetson’s bliss has been a smart Wi-Fi router. Typically, we have one router in our home. Many have tried extenders to increase coverage and speed, with little success. The challenge lies in the fact that Wi-Fi signals are, at their core, just radio signals. And, radio signals are not good at passing through hard surfaces like walls, ceilings and floors. As one gets further away from the router, the signal gets weaker.

Top Tech Challenges for Nonprofits: Migrating to appropriate cloud solutions

Look for opportunities to immediately mitigate the risk of data loss and potential downtime. For nonprofits with fewer than 1,000 employees, we suggest moving at least 80 percent of your basic infrastructure into the cloud over the next three years. Email and backup are critical and should be migrated immediately. Payroll is another critical application that can be moved to the cloud to help avoid disruption of compensation for employees even during local outages or disasters. 

Trying to compete in enterprise market, Apple to bring iWork to the cloud

Apple announced they were taking iWork to the iCloud to attempt to compete with Microsoft 365 and Google Docs for office product market share. 

Four Clear Signs You Absolutely Need an Office Manager (or another one)

Check out some telltale signs that your office could benefit from some office management help below; if these sound like what your company is experiencing, it’s probably time to take the leap. 

Top Tech Challenges for Nonprofits: Creating and enforcing IT policies

When developing a comprehensive IT Management and Security Policy, be sure that it is easy for staff to understand and follow – finding the balance between policies and procedures that support physical and virtual security while ensuring employees have access to the data when and where they need it to stay productive is key.

Top Nonprofit Tech Challenges: Data backup and continuity solutions

Business continuity planning includes developing policies and procedures your organization can use to mitigate risk and ensure that your operational work can continue should there be disruption to your technology solutions, whether it's caused by human error or natural disaster. An important part of business continuity planning is identifying which operations are essential and to map out what technologies must be set up through back-up plans or redundant systems to enable your work to continue.

The New Language of Data Security: From Passwords to Passphrases

Now, a new standard is emerging for passwords, backed by a growing number of businesses and government agencies — to the relief of computer users everywhere. No longer must passwords be changed so often, or include an incomprehensible string of special characters. The new direction is one that champions less complexity in favor of length.”

“Design Thinking” results in products that customers want

The Internet is challenging the very way companies think about their product design. In the rush to bring the Internet of Things (IoT) to, well… everything, companies are discovering that being connected for the sake of being part of IoT isn’t enough. Savvy consumers are looking for products that are functional and make their lives easier in addition to the convenience of connectivity.

Data Security: Steps you can take today to protect your data

Stolen data from the Democratic National Committee was carefully timed to be leaked during the Convention last month and consequently shared the media stage with the candidates. This latest data breach sent a chill down the spines of many organizations as they question their own information security policies.

Top Nonprofit Tech Challenges: Mobility Solutions

With a mobility solutions in place, nonprofits can realize benefits like cost savings, improved employee morale, and more efficient use of time and resources. Here are some quick tips to ensure your technology is mobile-ready and secure, as well as some suggestions for mobile services that may aid in your productivity.

Top Tech Challenges of Nonprofits: Obsolete Technology

Knowing when to upgrade and install updates is critical to keeping your data secure, but it can be challenging to keep up with it all. Sinu takes care of these updates automatically, but if you are managing your IT in-house, here are a few tips on avoiding obsolete technology.