About the meetup
We had lovely weather for our meetup at the Frick Pittsburgh on May 2! The grounds at the Frick are so gorgeous at this time of year. We thank Lynn, Linda and the Frick staff for hosting us!
Our meetup group will take a break for June and July, and resume meeting on August 1 at Jewish Residential Services in Rodef Shalom Congregation in Shadyside. In the meantime, enjoy your summer!
Joe and Rosemary won this month’s giveaways – an NTEN t-shirt and NTEN shoestrings!
Here are the notes and resources from the meetup:
- Website security
- Cloudflare – flexible SSL and has “I’m under attack mode” in case too many bot hits or hacking attempts
- Wordfence for WordPress sites
- Encrypted Emails
- Can attach an SSL certificate to Exchange Server (for Outlook)
- Barracuda – hardware device that is put on the network behind the firewall to scan for spam, viruses, etc.; has an annual renewal and replacement fee associated with it
- RPC over HTTPS – encryption over public wi-fi; also lets devices attach and connect to Exchange Server without using a virtual private network (VPN)
- YouTube Video: How to Encrypt Mail in Outlook (Thanks, Johna!)
- Microsoft article on how to get a Digital ID or certificate (for MS Office Suite) (Thanks, Johna!)
- Penetration Testing
- Companies that do vulnerability testing
- Is fairly expensive
- Office Phone Systems
- Handsets vs. wireless?
- Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) – phone calls go over the Internet connection; server not required
- Google Voice as an alternative
- Vendors who provide this service
- Phone systems
- Tadiran (phone system – can forward to cell phones, has greeting/voicemail)
- 7-10 years is typical phone system lifecycle
- Vendors can typically work on phone systems remotely and securely
- Converting Apple software files to PC format
- CRM Upgrade
- Google Admin for G-Suite
- WordPress Gutenberg Upgrade
- No exact date set yet, but supposed to be coming soon
- Watch make.wordpress.org for details and announcements
- Can install the Gutenberg plugin to test drive the new block level editing functionality
About the May Meetup
We had a great meetup at the Frick Art & Historical Center on May 3! Many new faces and lots to discuss. A big “thank you” to Linda and the Frick staff for hosting us! Next month we will be at Computer Reach for our “Open Source Summer Fiesta” meetup, where we will have our usual meeting and spend some time receiving a demo of open source software and a tour of Computer Reach’s facility. Mark your calendar for June 7!
Here are the notes and resources from this meetup:
- An attendee Googled their organization’s name recently, only to learn that their Force.com site was set up improperly and that their entire database was open for the world to access. Warned the rest of us that Force.com should not be set up as the main CRM tool for an organization and that when used along with core Salesforce, should still be made secure and be given 2 factor authentication.
- If implementation goes poorly (as mentioned above), document, document, document. Also have cybersecurity insurance in place in case records are accidentally hacked or released and the organization faces a lawsuit.
- See if old sites are on the Google Wayback Machine, which is like a cache for websites.
- Local implementers of Salesforce include:
- HTTPS protects data being transmitted to and from a website.
- Having it in place can help to boost public perception and build trust.
- Still need security to protect site from hacking attempts.
- Let’s Encrypt tool is a free SSL option.
- Need a dedicated IP with the host to do SSL.
- Can be expensive to implement, depending on what you decide to use for SSL certificate. Hosts aren’t generally too helpful about support re: site conversions.
- Dreamhost is a good host – very good at support and they offer Let’s Encrypt.
Upgrading Windows 7 to Windows 10
- It can take a while to get Windows 10 to install properly if upgrading. Installing from scratch seems to work just fine though.
- Don shared these links after the meeting:
- Dell is currently shipping many PCs as “Windows 10” but when you get them, they have Windows 7 and you have to do the upgrade yourself.
- How to keep Windows 10 from automatic discovery and installation of printers: go to File/Print Sharing and turn off the print share feature. Microsoft still has driver compatibility issues with certain copiers/printers in Windows 10.
- Turn off “User Experience Feedback” so it doesn’t slow down the network.
- Windows 10 S was just released.
VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol)
- One channel for Internet and voice data (phone systems).
- Vendors are selling phone services based off their own servers, but it’s better to have an in-house server.
- Cisco is a VoIP phone vendors, as is Avaya. Avaya seems to be better for smaller organizations.
- An in house server also has the advantage of being a capital expense (can be depreciated).
- You still have to have a really good Internet connection for VoIP to work well.
- connecTel is a local telecom broker – will assess your contracts for free and advise you on best configuration and how to save the most money in the process.
- DQE Communications and Level 3 Communications are fiber-optic Internet providers.
We met this month at ACHIEVA in the South Side. Thank you to Steve, Nicole and Dave for hosting us! We’ll be back at ACHIEVA for November’s meetup.
Here are the notes from this month’s meetup:
- Schneider Downs – does security updates via email
- Cars can be hacked
- Cybersecurity insurance
- Cybersecurity conferences
- Website hacking / security – how do you secure your website from hackers?
- MS Office – no more clipart
- Get images from Bing.com now
- Have to watch for viruses when getting images off the web
Databases for nonprofits
Mobile Internet Hardware
- How to get Internet when working in places without it or when travelling abroad?
- Mobile hotspots or devices that provide wi-fi
- Verizon Jetpack (can get global plans)
- Connect 10 users to one and devices can talk to each other
- Data plan required
- Verizon has nonprofit flat rate for NPOs, unlimited data, domestic only
- Can buy SIM card, swap out, use that country’s domestic plan while traveling
- T-Mobile 2G (unlimited international data)
- Satelite wi-fi
- When build websites
- Have to consider slow internet
- Consider audience
- Google Fiber – setting up in cities where city owns infrastructure