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Guest blog post from Max Kryzhanovskiy, Preseident and CEO of MOS Creative, a digital marketing and growth strategy firm that uses data to help organizations develop focused website and fundraising strategy.

Have you heard of the Google Ad Grants Program for nonprofits? It’s a program that gives nonprofits the chance to advertise on Google AdWords at no cost to the nonprofit. Sounds awesome, doesn’t it? This program gives qualified organizations $10,000 per month (YES, PER MONTH) in AdWords spend to be used to promote their missions and initiatives on Google.com. To qualify, a nonprofit organization must go through the application process, and to keep the grant they must follow the following program details.

Here are the details to receive the Grant:

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Why you should uninstall QuickTime for Windows immediately:

As of April 14th, Apple abruptly ended support for QuickTime for Windows.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, Apple will no longer be providing security updates for the software, which means that computers with QuickTime are vulnerable to security threats including increased risk of viruses and malicious attacks on data.

Organizations and individuals currently using QuickTime for Windows should uninstall the software immediately. Our 501cTECH engineering team is in the process of uninstalling QuickTime from all of our clients’ computers.

Additional resources to learn more about why Apple ended support:

 

 

 

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You are diligently working on a business project on your computer, then suddenly the application you are using freezes. Soon your frustration skyrockets while your productivity plummets as you try anything you can think of to resolve the problem. Sound familiar?

Here is how you can quickly get back to work when an application running on a Windows desktop or laptop computer freezes: Read more »

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Do you use a laptop at home or in your business? If you do, chances are you store a lot of important data in it, from financial information to sensitive documents, that you need to protect if your laptop is lost or stolen.

Here are some basic steps that you can do to protect the data stored in your laptop from unauthorized access.

Password protect you laptop

A good password is one that is hard to guess but is easy to remember. Here is how you can create a good password:

  1. Combine letters, numbers, and special characters such as %$* when creating your passwords. You can substitute a number for a letter, like 3 for E or 5 for S. Examples of good passwords are br34kf45T!, t0u3h&go$, and 2hotPi22a$.
  2. Keep your password’s length at least eight characters long — usually longer.
  3. Some experts even suggest the use of passphrases instead of passwords. Longer and complicated passwords will make it hard for unauthorized persons to guess them. Example: UnitedWeStand can become Un1t3dW3St4nd.
  4. Do not use your name, birthdate, zip code, or address as your password.
  5. Memorize your password, never write it down anywhere.

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As of February 2016, there is a new strain of malware circulating the internet, hidden in infected Microsoft Word documents. This ransomware, known as “Locky,” arrives in an user’s inbox as an email with a Microsoft Word document attached, containing malicious macros.  Once enabled, the macros will scramble and encrypt files and the user must either pay a ransom, or hope that a recent backup will prevent any lost data.

How to Identify an Email Containing Locky

According to KnowBe4’s security awareness training blog, an email with ransomware will have a subject line similar to “ATTN: Invoice J-99223146″ and a message such as “Please see the attached invoice and remit payment according to the terms listed at the bottom of the invoice.” The content of the word document will appear scrambled and illegible with various fonts and symbols, and the top of the document will prompt the user to enable macros in order to read the document.

Screenshot of infected word document, courtesy of KnowBe4: Read more »

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TAPS-LOGO_Round_Color-WEB-No-BoxGuest  blog post from the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, 2016 Technology Innovation Award Winner.

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) hosts two national seminars for survivors grieving the loss of a loved one in service to America. These national events bring together thousands for a time of support and connection with others who have experienced the same loss. It is so important that we begin welcoming our families to the event and integrating them into the process in advance of opening day. This helps us avoid overwhelming them with logistics when they arrive, so they can focus on the many healing resources available to them at the seminar.

TAPS decided that an easy-to-use mobile app would be an excellent way to roll out advance details about the seminar, help our survivors connect with their peers and provide logistic updates during the event. We started the research on mobile app developers six months in advance of our event and are currently waiting for our app to be approved in the Apple and Google Play app stores.

Here are three recommendations for selecting a developer, identifying goals and features, and getting approval for your organization to have a presence in the major app stores. Read more »

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This Valentine’s Day, the 501cTECH team has some recommendations for how have a good, healthy relationship with your computer:

  1. Love is not a guessing game: be sure to update and reboot your computer regularly.
  2. Be safe: always use protection and check for viruses and infections.
  3. Make new memories, but don’t forget to cherish the old ones: back up your data to the cloud.
  4. If your computer starts to feel old after 3 or 4 years, it’s time to start shopping for a new one.

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CNSG_logoFullColor_webGuest post from our Technology Partner, Converged Network Services Group. CNSG provides comprehensive, end-to-end telecommunications services. From carrier, cloud and IP infrastructure services to contract negotiation, issue resolution and every matter in between—they do it all.

Does this sound like you? Your computer keeps deleting the grant application you’ve been working on for the past 3 weeks because your storage is too full. Your phone keeps sending your selfies to your boss and you can’t figure out why. You want to tweet that there’s a clothing drive on Friday, but you can’t figure out why your Wi-Fi isn’t working. You think an update is going to a fancy restaurant instead of McDonald’s. You had no idea why people keep saying your music is “in the cloud.” Read more »

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Quizaira RecioIs your nonprofit organization thinking about moving to Box.org? 501cTECH’s Technology Program Manager, Quizaira Recio, offers a few things to consider before jumping into the project. While this advice is tailored to nonprofits considering Box.org, the decision process can be applied to a variety of technology projects.

The biggest challenge nonprofits face when it comes to implementing new solutions, such as Box, is that they don’t have the time or resources on hand to provide a smooth and painless transition for their staff members.

Since we first discovered Box about 2 years ago, we’ve been encouraging nonprofits to consider the possibility of transitioning to a cloud based document management solution, but not diving in until they were ready to absorb the impact of such a transition. While this technology can be considered colloquial in the consumer market, nonprofits (and for profits for that matter) still view this technology as cutting edge – primarily because of the uptake. Acclimating to a new technology solution is not always easy. Using a solution such as Box requires you to take a few things into consideration: Read more »