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You Know Those Cheap Web Hosting Platforms? Don't.

By Gary Grabowski| December 4, 2017 |

 Your association’s website can enhance credibility and build community—or ruin your reputation if it’s hacked.

Gary Grabowski, vice president and partner of Summit Business Technologies, explains how a secure hosting service can mitigate 99 percent of security risks. 

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Part I: Costs & Risks of Outdated Technology

You know that TV show, The Walking Dead, about the zombie apocalypse? Your organization may have unwittingly joined the ranks of the “zombie-net”—infected computers used by hackers to unleash attacks on a much larger scale. Organizations with outdated and obsolete hardware and software are responsible, to some extent, for the rise of the zombie-net, because they are easier for hackers to...

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Black Friday Shoppers Beware

By Marjorie Valin| November 22, 2017 |

Tags: Holiday

Bogus retail sites, extreme discounts, busy hackers 

The National Retail Federation expects 115 million physical shoppers to be out on Black Friday, and cyber crooks want a part of the action. Last year, researchers discovered nearly 20,000 URLs using the words "Black Friday" and promising huge discounts with links to malicious web pages. Along with the fake URLs, there were nearly 770,000...

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5 Technology Practices Nonprofits Should Consider

Technology is constantly changing and every industry uses it in so many different ways. In the nonprofit sector, technology can now be used to leverage communications with members and increase engagement.  It can be used in many different ways; from the way supporters engage with nonprofits to the way nonprofit organizations fundraise, market, and manage information. In today’s day and age, we...

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The Holidays Arrive Early for Hackers

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…for hackers. From now through the end of the year, the number of phishing attacks and online scams soar. The tremendous growth in online shopping has resulted in a veritable cornucopia of phishing emails purportedly from retailers, delivery services, credit card companies, banks, and let’s not forget charities. Not all of them are legitimate. 

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New Ransomware Threat Poses as Adobe Flash Player via Compromised Websites

By Lee Snead| October 25, 2017 |

Tags: Security Awareness, cybersecurity, ransomware

News Alert: Bad Rabbit Ransomware

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Phishing scams are serious—except when they’re funny

Turn the tables on scammers  

Phishing scams are nothing to laugh about – unless you’re watching British comedian James Veitch and his hysterically funny gigs on scam emails and the nature of the Internet.  He’s made a career out of scamming the scammers, from Nigerian princes to investment opportunities. One of our favorite performances is below.

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A Practical Guide: Controlling Your Data Privacy on Facebook

  • Facebook makes its security and privacy tools easier to find and alter in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica controversy.

With all the news swirling around Cambridge Analytica, a political data firm that gained access to the private information of millions of Facebook users, many people are asking what information was collected and how they can better protect themselves.  The issue of...

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Part II: The Beginner's Guide to Securing Yourself in the Modern Digital World

The Philosophy

This blog post is a continuation from The Beginners Guide to Securing Yourself in the Modern Digital World. Read Part 1. 

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The Beginner's Guide to Securing Yourself in the Modern Digital World

Part 1: A Brief Introduction

Each time a major data breach, like the one at Equifax, makes news, the company offers identity theft protection. How do you prevent this happening again? And again? And again?  Many people don’t know what to do to secure their personal lives, so we’ve invited guest blogger Zachary Cohn to share his six-step beginner’s guide to securing your digital life.

I wrote...

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