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  • How to protect yourself from Cryptolocker and other ransomware

    Cryptolocker is a nasty threat sneaking around the internet masquerading as a pdf file. This type of virus is known as ransomware because it targets files and then locks them up until you pay the demanded ‘ransom’. Typically, the ‘virus’ will enter your system disguised as an innocent file attachment from a major delivery service offering tracking information or confirming money transfer. Once you have clicked to access the file, the virus will begin to search your machine for files with common extensions such as .doc, .xls, .pdf etc, encrypt those files, then contact the user to demand payment. Anti-virus and malware tools will remove it, but files that have been infected will remain encrypted unless a payment is made, so it’s essential to prevent infection. The following is a guide to some of the ways you can protect your systems.

  • How to manage your charity's software

    Does your charity know what software is installed on all of its equipment? Are you using the latest version of software? Do you have licenses for all the software? How do you know if you’re complying with the licenses? If staff work from home, do you know what software is installed on their computers? Here’s some tips on how you can manage this process for your charity.

  • How to move to the cloud

    Rather than installing software on your local computer or server, cloud computing uses remote servers to run the software which delivers services to you over the internet via a web browser. Web-based email (e.g. Hotmail or gMail), internet banking, file storage (e.g. Dropbox) or even social media sites like Facebook are examples of cloud computing. Moving to the cloud is often an option which cuts costs and increases security for many charities. However there are some important things to consider to ensure a smooth transition - this guide provides advice and key insights.

  • Your digital technology

    Technology is now an integral part of the work of any charity. This page covers the main topics you need to consider across the work of your organisation.

  • Digital technology

    Technology is now an integral part of the work of any charity. This page covers the main topics you need to consider across the work of your organisation.

  • How to help your charity with ICT (10 examples)

    Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is here to make your life easier but are you making the most of it? Here are some simple ways ICT could be used in your organisation.

  • How to protect your charity's IT systems

    As a charitable organisation you’re constantly dealing with the sensitive information and data of your most precious asset - your supporters, members or donors. Their personal details and donations could be at risk if you don’t suitably protect your computers. There is a bewildering array of malicious software out there: from worms to Trojans and phishing. These often masquerade as trustworthy web sites, but all to trick you and acquire your sensitive information. According to security experts Get protected – despite the threats, many charities do not secure themselves properly, which obviously could result in a breach of security, loss of data or just wasted time as you try to recover the situation.  There are ways to safely store the information your charity holds, covered in this article, but what about software that can protect your PCs? The following steps will help you take precautions.

  • How to create an ICT plan

    Your ICT plan is just one part of the overall mix of plans that are under way at any time in any organisation, and your decisions about ICT must help to underpin other plans. Collaborating on your plan is of paramount importance for it to be successful and work in perfect harmony with the rest of your charity's departments. A detailed and meticulous plan is without question what you are striving for, as you don't want to miss anything out. However, to show due diligence, don't think you have to overcomplicate and clog your plan with jargon - just address everything simple pragmatism.

  • How to create and manage a flexible, virtual office

    One way to reduce costs while maintaining or increasing quality of operations is to get rid of the office, and have everyone work from home. Sound crazy? Read on and see how it can make your organisation even stronger. 

  • How to get to inbox zero (and stay there)

    It’s easy for an email inbox to get out of control: we get distracted by all the new messages coming in and never actually deal with the ones already there.  Our inbox ends up as a combined to-do list and filing system. No wonder we get stressed! With these three stages, you can sort out your current inbox and set up a new system to deal with future emails when they arrive, quickly and stress free. You need to: sort out folders hack inbox know how to deal with future emails.

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