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New Study: US Charities’ Adoption of Social Media Outpaces All Other Sectors for the Third Year in a Row July 27, 2010

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Key study findings regarding the top United States charities:
  • 93 percent now have a Facebook profile
  • 87 percent have a Twitter presence
  • 65 percent have a blog
The new PDF-based research report can be downloaded from the following URL:

 http://www1.umassd.edu/cmr/studiesresearch/charitystudy.pdf

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Guidestar: As Many as 300,000 Non-Profits May Lose Their Tax-exempt Status, Shrinking the Sector by 25 Percent July 22, 2010

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GuideStar's (free) new report, "Automatic Revocation of Nonprofits' Tax-Exempt Status: What Nonprofits, Grantmakers, and Donors Need to Know," by Linda M. Lampkin of ERI Economic Research Institute, is available for download at the URL below:

http://www2.guidestar.org/rxg/news/publications/what-do-you-need-to-know-about-revocation-of-tax-exempt-status.aspx

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Microsoft Security Advisory: Vulnerability in Windows Shell could allow remote code execution July 22, 2010

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Suggested Microsoft Workaround (manual or "FixitforMe"):
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2286198

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FCC Report – Between 14 million and 24 million Americans still lack access to broadband internet July 21, 2010

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According to the FCC report "Our analysis shows that roughly 80 million American adults do not subscribe to broadband at home, and approximately 14 to 24 million Americans do not have access to broadband today. The latter group appears to be disproportionately lower-income Americans and Americans who live in rural areas."

The FCC Report now defines broadband as having at least 4 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream (instead of the former 200 kbps). The 143 page FCC report, whicch was released on July 20, 2010, is available at:

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-10-129A1.pdf

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Ensure You Do Not Have the Firefox Addon Mozilla Sniffer Installed July 18, 2010

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Mozilla Sniffer contains code that intercepts login data submitted to any website and sends this data to a remote location.

Also, all CoolPreviews (Addon) users should update to the latest version as soon as possible due to a vulnerability. Version 3.0.1 and all older versions have been disabled on addons.mozilla.org.

http://blog.mozilla.com/addons/2010/07/13/add-on-security-announcement/

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Whatever the Cause, Gazelle for Good Gadget Drives Can Help You Raise Money to Support It July 16, 2010

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Microsoft Extends Windows XP Downgrade Rights Until 2020 July 15, 2010

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Microsoft Says 74 Percent Of Business Computers Still Running Windows XP July 14, 2010

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Free Windows Program Aims to Helps You Determine Which Applications are Slowing Your Start Time July 13, 2010

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Soluto Beta, billed as the anti-frustration Software, aims to help you speed up your boot time. 

How to Use Soluto (Video)

Requirements: Windows XP (with at least SP2), Vista and Windows 7 (32bit & 64bit); 512MB+ RAM

Download (904 KB)

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Free Windows Diagnostic Tool from Eset Security Assigns a Risk Level for Each Object Logged July 11, 2010

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SysInspector (which does not require installation and can be run from a USB drive) examines your operating system and captures details such as running processes, registry content, startup items and network connections. Once a snapshot of the system is created, ESET SysInspector applies heuristics to assign a risk level for each object logged.

Requirements:
Operating Systems: Windows 2000/XP/Vista, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core edition as well)
Processor Architecture: i386 (Intel 80386), amd64 (x86-64)
Memory: 35 MB
Disk Space: 3 MB

Download ESET SysInspector 32-bit version:

Download ESET SysInspector 64-bit version

Eset further information:

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Google Rolls Out New YouTube Mobile Site July 9, 2010

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With your HTML5 compliant browser, visit YouTube's new mobile site at: http://m.youtube.com/

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Beta Version of (Free) Microsoft Windows Live Essentials Programs Available – Includes programs for photos, movies, im, e-mail and blogging ((tag: Windows Live Essentials Beta, Free, Microsoft, Download, Online-Volunteering, NPTech, Nonprofit, Randy- July 7, 2010

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Beta Version of (Free) Microsoft Windows Live Essentials

Includes: Beta versions of Messenger, Photo Gallery, Mail, Movie Maker, Writer, Family Safety, and Sync, plus Bing Bar and Messenger Companion. You also get Microsoft Office Outlook Connector Pack and Microsoft Silverlight.
Requirements:  Windows Live Essentials Beta requires the following:
  • Operating system: 32- and 64-bit editions of Windows Vista Service Pack 2 with the Platform Update for Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 2 and the Platform Update for Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2.
  • Processor: 1.6 GHz or higher
  • Memory: 1 GB of RAM or higher
  • Resolution: Minimum: 1024 × 576
  • Internet connection: Internet functionality requires dial-up or broadband Internet access (provided separately). Local or long-distance charges may apply.
  • Graphics or video card: Windows Live Movie Maker requires a video card that supports DirectX 9 or higher and Shader Model 2 or higher
Current Version of Free Windows Live Essentials

Includes: Free Programs include Messenger, Photo Gallery, Mail, Writer, Family Safety, and Toolbar, plus Microsoft Office Outlook Connector, Office Live Add-in and Microsoft Silverlight.
Requirements:  Current Version of Windows Live Essentials requires the following:
  • Operating system: Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (32-bit edition only), Windows Vista (32-bit or 64-bit editions), Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit editions), or Windows Server 2008.
  • Processor: 1 GHz or higher for Windows 7 or Windows Vista; 800 MHz or higher for Windows XP.
  • Memory: 512 MB of RAM for Windows 7 or Windows Vista; 128 MB (256 MB or more recommended) for Windows XP.
  • Resolution: Minimum 1024 x 768
  • Internet connection: Internet functionality requires dial-up or broadband Internet access (provided separately). Local or long-distance charges may apply.
  • Browser: Windows Live Toolbar requires Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7, or Internet Explorer 8.
  • Graphics or video card: Windows Live Movie Maker requires a video card that supports DirectX 9 or higher, and Shader Model 2 or higher.
Note: Windows Live Movie Maker and the slide show feature of Windows Live Photo Gallery aren't supported on Win XP.

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Free Anti-virus Software From Microsoft Provides Real-time Protection Against Viruses, Spyware and Other Malicious Software July 5, 2010

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Requirements:

* Windows XP (SP2+) 32 bit
* Windows Vista/Windows 7 32 bit
* Windows Vista/Windows 7 64 bit
* A Genuine Windows OS installed
* Home PC

Download:

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Security Updates Available for Adobe Reader and Acrobat ((tag; Abobe, Reader, Acrobat, Security, Updates, NPTech, Nonprofit, Online Volunteering, Randy-Tyler)) July 2, 2010

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Affected Software Versions

Adobe Reader 9.3.2 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, and UNIX
Adobe Acrobat 9.3.2 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh

Solution
http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb10-15.html

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Vulnerability in Windows Help Center Being Actively Exploited: Over 10,000 Distinct Computers Reported Attack July 2, 2010

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Starting last week, Microsoft started seeing seemingly-automated, randomly-generated html and php pages hosting this (Windows Help Center) exploit and as of June 30, 2010, "… over 10,000 distinct computers have reported seeing this attack at least one time." See the following Microft Technet blog for exploit details.

To ensure you are protected from the above Windows Help Center vulnerability, please ensure you have applied one of the following workarounds:

1. Automatic: Mitigate this Windows Help Centre Vulnerability by Disabling the HCP (Help Center Protocol) Handler by applying the automated Microsoft "Fix it" Solution (Microsoft Fix it 50459) located at: 

2. Manual: Unregister the HCP (Help Center Protocol) Manually Using the Registry Editor as per the instructions at the following Microsoft Security Advisory URL:

Affected Windows Software

Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows XP Service Pack 3
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2
Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems

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