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How safe is that wifi?

Wifi Internet connections are everywhere these days, but do you know how safe they are? While you might think connecting to a public or private wifi hotspot is fun and useful, it can also be dangerous if you do not take the right precautions. This infographic examines the growth of wifi hotspots, where to find them, and how to use them while protecting yourself from various forms of identity theft.

Assess your NDIS readiness

ImproveIT have prepared a self-assessment survey you can use to better understand your organisation's readiness for the NDIS. This survey should be completed as part of our ImproveIT4NDIS workshop program. The survey is designed to assist you to identify your organisation's IT strengths and opportunities and will help you develop a technology improvement plan to deliver services in an NDIS environment.

Third Party Tools – Brain Shark

View a range of sites and organisations that offer valuable yet hard-to-find services and tools that may add the finishing touch to your website or presentation, or may just save you some time. Tools include:
  • Jump To
  • Video Editing
  • Audio Editing
  • Screen Capture
  • Music & Images
  • Animations
  • PowerPoint Training
  • Presentation Design
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Connecting Up – IT Solutions for NFP’s

Connecting Up, Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation that works to unleash the power of not-for-profits by providing a variety of IT information, products, resources and programs. Connecting Up also help to develop relationships with business, community and government sectors for the development of the not-for-profit sector. Connecting Up runs a number of events designed to give not-for-profits practical help to reach their goals including online webinars, workshops, forums and the annual Connecting Up Conference. Check out how Connecting Up can assist your organisation today!

Community Organisations Making the Most of Information Technology An ICT improvement guide

Technology can offer opportunities to deliver bigger and better services, sometimes at very low cost. While “one size won’t fit all”, fortunately there is a range of options available to NFP organisations that will simplify life and allow you to focus on what matters most – providing services and support to your members and the broader community. The information in this guide is presented in a simple, easy to understand manner to help NFP community organisations identify areas where you can make better use of technology.

IT Training

The following providers offer IT training: CAE CAE offers basic IT and social media training at their Melbourne campus in Flinders Lane and the Box Hill Institute. Teach U IT Customised onsite and webinar training for all levels on Windows and Microsoft Office. Wizard Beginner, intermediate and advanced courses in Microsoft Office, Adobe, and HTML.

VCOSS-Monash IT Industry Experience Projects 2014

Would your organisation benefit from a team of skilled final year IT students improving your IT systems? Monash University is once again partnering with VCOSS to provide an exciting opportunity for VCOSS member organisations looking to develop a tailored IT system in 2014. Monash has been successfully running IT industry experience projects with small businesses for over 30 years, and more recently through VCOSS, with not-for-profit groups. Feedback from not-for-profit organisations has been very positive: “[Our project] consisted of developing a community website for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities. Throughout the project [the students] worked hard and showed professionalism, commitment, were very dedicated and achieved great results. The students had the support and guidance of a coaching team at Monash through their supervisors and tutors who communicated well with us, reflecting the high-calibre education that Monash provides.” - Springvale Community Aid and Advice Bureau While the services of the IT student team are free, the organisation must plan to provide their time and are responsible for costs associated with hardware, software, internet service providers and post-project maintenance. Want to get involved? Step 1: Attend the compulsory VCOSS - Monash Industry Experience Projects Information Session to get an overview of the projects and how to complete you application.  You may want to start your application form using the sample given, and bring it along for discussion at the session. Date: Thursday 20 February 2014 Time: 2.00pm-4.00pm Venue: The Green Room, The Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street (opposite the Queen Victoria Market) in the CBD). Cost: FREE( this event is for VCOSS members only. Find out more about VCOSS membership here) For enquiries about the information session, please contact VCOSS Link Coordinator Amy Webster at VCOSS on (03) 9235 1000 or Step 2: Once you have attended the compulsory forum finalise your application form. Applications will close three days after the forum on Monday, 24th February - 5.00 pm. Download the Application Form (2014) and Sample Application Form using the links below. From here, applications will be considered and successful applicants will be invited to attend a compulsory 'Meet and Greet' event on 17th March - 5.15 pm at Monash University, Caulfield.

Source (goods and services) – Pro Bono

Pro Bono's Source is a national goods and services guide that is specifically published for the Not for Profit sector.

Every listee within the Source Guide has dealt with Not for Profits and understands the sector with all its intricacies far better than most. If you are looking for a quality goods or service provider, the Source guide will help you find exactly who you need