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March 26, 2018

Why data security does not mean data privacy?

Data privacy and data security have become hot-button issue in recent weeks. Facebook, the social networking giant with over 214 million active users in the US and 2.2. billion worldwide is the focus of public scrutiny and ire. It has been reported that profiles of fifty million Facebook users was not just accessed without their consent by a 3rd party developer and then sold to a consulting firm which the data to sway these same users in the 2016 US Presidential elections. Its gets even worse, Facebook knew about this three years ago but did not come clean with a disclosure. Not surprisingly, people feel betrayed by Facebook who they had ‘trusted’ with their data. So, there is a breach of trust. But, is there a breach in data privacy and/or data security? What do these two terms mean? Information is “secure” when a system correctly enforces the access rights […]
January 17, 2018

The complete PTA Software guide

Are you confused about the countless school and PTA Software solutions available on the market? How does a Student Information System differ from a School Portal solution? What are the options available to a parent organization as opposed to a school district? Do you want to adopt a website for your PTA or a mobile app or both? Do you need something different for meeting your various needs? In this article, I will give you a brief overview of all the different types of PTA software that is available today. In a series of posts coming up, we will delve in detail about each area and the vendors that provide software in each specific area. An important constituency in the public school systems is the parent organizations who are the liaison between the parents and the board of education or department of education. They arrange all of the fundraising, after-school […]
October 6, 2017
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School Fundraising: ‘Crush it’ with these three simple hacks for PTAs and PTOs

School Fundraising takes time and it is a lot of work! Organizing a school fundraiser is no simple task. You need to find sponsors, recruit volunteers, arrange a location/activities, spread the word about the fundraiser and hope the weather cooperates. The list is endless and ticking off each item requires multiple hours of volunteer work.  Overall, school fundraising takes time and it is a lot of work!  What if you could do away with 80% of your school fundraisers? Over 76% of schools in the US have 5 or more fundraisers/year. With this flood of fundraisers, it is no surprise that parents have become weary of these PTA organized events. Clearly, the standard fundraisers are not working! The three hacks to ‘CRUSH’ your school fundraising goals Compile a school directory app and give that away to parents in exchange for PTA membership dues Parents are BUSY and they are the school […]
March 11, 2017

Tech Tip #4: Safeguard your phone with encryption

This article was originally published on https://tapinto.net at http://bit.ly/MA-tech-tipe-4. In this article, I will introduce you to encryption, the why and how of encrypting the data on your phone. What is encryption? Encryption is the science of scrambling data or messages into an unreadable message. The purpose of encrypting data is to protect sensitive data to keep unauthorized users from reading your data or messages even if they were to get their hands on your phone. A simple word such as “password” can be encrypted through an algorithm to result in a long string of letters and numbers  “5f4dcc3b5aa765d61d8327deb882cf99”. Encryption on your phone  On Apple iPhones: Apple iPhones have an operating system installed on it called the iOS.  All data on your iPhone with iOS 8 or later are encrypted by default, once you set up a passcode. What this means is that no software can read the contents of your phone […]