Technology Management

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6 steps to implement a password manager at your nonprofit

June 20, 2017
Back in 2012, we implemented an organization-wide password manager here at NTEN, finally replacing our comically insecure “Shared Passwords” document, and the all-too-common practice of reusing the same password across a variety of different sites. Five years later, this change may be the most significant stress-reducing and time-saving policy I’ve ever put in place at NTEN since I started working here more than 10 years ago.
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Why you should care about bots if you care about social justice

June 14, 2017
There is a huge opportunity for organizations and activists to use automation in constructive ways that further social justice causes, but doing so is not without risk. What follows is a set of questions aimed at helping advocates better understand the challenges and risks that bots and automated activism present.
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Technical SEO Glossary

June 8, 2017
How do you drive more people to your website and get them engaging with your nonprofit's programs and content? There are many factors in search engine optimization (SEO), and understanding the technical side is crucial to get the impact you need. Here is a technical SEO glossary of 7 high-priority factors so you can make important changes, even if you don't have technical knowledge.

Your guide to nonprofit IT investment

May 24, 2017
NTEN has been collecting data for a decade on how nonprofits invest in technology staff and tools. Here is the 10th Annual Technology Staffing and Investments Report.
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5 common pitfalls to avoid with IT service providers

May 19, 2017
Using managed IT services can be great for nonprofits small and large, but it does come with some risks. Here are a few ways you can avoid those risks and get the best IT support for your organization.
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Protect your nonprofit from cyber attacks

May 17, 2017
Nonprofits are at great risk of cyber attacks like the WannaCry ransomware attack, which infected more than 200,000 computers last week. Get the 4-1-1 about internet security from a nonprofit expert.

IT security: a Q&A with expert Leon Wilson

April 19, 2017
What is IT security, exactly, and what's the worst that can happen? Most pressingly: How can often cash-strapped nonprofit organizations keep their information—and their clients' or donors' information—safe and sound? IT expert Leon Wilson answers some questions.

Refurbished technology: an insider’s guide

April 18, 2017
There is a way to connect clients to the digital tools they need without spending thousands of dollars on new technology. Tech refurbishers—often nonprofits themselves—are repurposing unwanted electronics for digital inclusion programs, aiming to lower the cost to clients and curb the environmental impact of e-waste.
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Let’s Talk Accidental & Intentional Nonprofit Tech Careers

January 5, 2017
Organizations, their mission goals, their workers, and the nonprofit sector as a whole are best served when accidental techies advocate for themselves, formalize their job functions, and grow in their careers.
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Seven Deadly Weaknesses of Nonprofit Security

November 28, 2016
Good security doesn't have to be expensive or complicated. Here are some tools and tips on the most common security weaknesses—and how nonprofit leaders can address them.