Protect That Data!

Privacy and security remain top themes this month and it’s no surprise. Data is increasingly valuable to everyone—especially those who see money to be made or political advantage to be taken.

This month you can take a quiz to find out how cyber-smart you really are and pick up a few tricks to protect yourself. But don’t just play defense. There are also articles that can help you imagine what’s possible with virtual reality, resources that will guide you to take a practical approach to social media, and a lot more.

Enjoy this month’s #nptech stories and keep that data safe! It might seem challenging, but you can do it.

Best of the Web: April 2017

Wanna Protect Your Online Privacy? Open a Tab and Make Some Noise (Wired) 

As internet consumer protection rules are loosened or come under threat, many people have been looking for ways to protect their privacy online. Obfuscation—creating fake online activity so that it’s hard to accurately track you—is one clever tool in the toolbox. 

5 Free Tools to Help Create Visual Content for Social Media (SocialMediaToday) 

If you don’t have visual content on social media, you’re going to get ignored. These free tools make it easy for anyone to make an image that’s perfect for social media. (No design background required.)

The Ultimate Nonprofit Guide to Social Media (Whole Whale)

Whole Whale is one of the best nonprofit-focused digital strategy agencies out there. This guide can help you think through whether it makes sense to invest a lot of time or money into social media, catch you up on the latest developments on various platforms, and show you how to get value out of the resources you do put into social media.

Cybersecurity Knowledge Quiz (Pew) 

By far this was the most popular post in April. A lot of people took the opportunity to test their cybersecurity knowledge. How did you score?

Future Tech to Peer at Past—Museum’s Virtual Reality Immerses Viewers in Ancient Oceans (Ottawa Magazine) 

Nonprofits tend to lag five or ten years behind in leading-edge technology, but this museum is jumping out front with virtual reality. The exhibit takes you deep into a prehistoric ocean and lets you look at the sea life all around you. What other nonprofit uses of VR are waiting to be discovered? 

The Unacceptable Persistence of the Digital Divide (MIT Technology Review) 

Computing devices and powerful software applications have never been so cheap and abundant, yet a large percentage of the population continues to be locked out of the opportunities online technology provide. This article looks at the problem and solutions emerging in Cleveland and other cities.

Five Steps to Increase Your Organization’s Digital Security (Fission Strategy) 

There’s always more you can do, but Fission Strategy lays out a solid core of basic actions that you can take right now to make your data more secure. 

Headings and Styles—A Primer (TechSoup Canada) 

Microsoft Word has a lot of features that go ignored because it’s not obvious how to use them and they can seem confusing to figure out yourself. It’s a strength and a weakness of the software and why a lot of people are content using Google Docs or open source options. Nonetheless, if you do take the time to learn the less obvious features, you can save a lot of time and pull off some nifty tricks. This article shows you how to use styles so that your text is formatted properly and is used consistently throughout your document.

9 Amazing Nonprofit Marketing Ideas That Will Increase Online Donations (Ironpaper)

“Amazing” is overselling it quite a bit, but there really are a lot of helpful marketing ideas in this article. My favorite is tagging people in pictures because it fosters good will, puts your organization in front of new people, and is a kind of indirect endorsement.