How a small Scottish charity is using “Rolls-Royce software”

The Dumfries and Galloway Family History Society is a charity that promotes the study of family history across three counties in Southwest Scotland. Due to the nature of modern research, having computers available for researchers is essential.

“Having been able to upgrade all our computers means that we’re all singing off the same songsheet, whether we are here or working outside or at home – there are no issues with file conversions, etc.”

Success Story: covering the hardest costs to fund with IT

“We need up-to-date software to avoid compatibility issues. We have to operate in the real world and we have people charging around with laptops everywhere; we simply must have decent security.”

“This is all core software: there’s nothing sexy about it, and that’s the virtue of the donation scheme. It helps us with our basic operating costs, and these are often the hardest costs to fund. It’s been hugely valuable to us.”

Securing Britain’s animal welfare champions with Bitdefender

The Hull and East Riding branch of the RSPCA has recently undertaken a complete overhaul of their internal IT systems thanks to donations arranged through the tt-exchange programme.

“The centre deals with rehabilitation and rehoming,” explains Alison Ripley, the branch’s General Manager. “We see cruelty, neglect and abandonment, but we try hard to play a preventative role rather than simply coming in after the event.”

What would you like to know about IT?

We’ve been scratching our heads trying to think about how we can better help charities and nonprofits get to grips with the digital world.

And, after a string of heated debates in darkened rooms, late-night meetings and early-morning discussions, we’ve come up with a plan of action for the content we produce in the coming 12 months.

If there’s anything that you’d be particularly interested in learning about, let us know and we’ll try to make sure we cover it!

10 steps to protect your charity

The government recently put together a list of 10 steps to help organisations protect themselves in cyberspace.

According to their own statistics, 60% of SMEs and 81% of large companies were subject to some form of cyber attack in 2014.

Infographic: The pitfalls of failing to update computer systems

Outdated computer systems are vulnerable to a variety of attacks online. The problem is that hackers continuously look for new vulnerabilities to exploit, so once support is ended for a system (in other words, once a system is no longer being updated to counter new security threats), it’s usually only a matter of time until an attack gets through. This is particularly problematic in the charity sector, where organisations might hold sensitive information and often don’t have the budget to upgrade their IT equipment. It’s because of this that we’re happy to offer the latest Windows operating systems and also award-winning antivirus software to UK charities on the…
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