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Email Security as a Board Concern: Two Views Once That Sensitive Info Gets Out There, You Can’t Take It Back

As we’ve recently seen in the news–from the Democratic National Committee email leaks about Bernie Sanders from last year’s presidential election, to the latest in the Trump-Russia brouhaha–emails aren’t always the safest and securest method of communication. And once that

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Singapore: Some condo laws prevail over data protection needs

When it comes to protecting your personal data, there is a limit to what owners can do if their personal information is available to the public and the management at their private estate chooses to display it.  This emerged after

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Emails Are a Legal Minefield for Co-op and Condo Boards (NY)

A recent decision by the state’s highest court drives home a lesson every co-op and condo board member needs to heed: if you use your employer’s computer, tablet, or smart phone to communicate board business, expect zero privacy. While the

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Condo Boards Beware: Risks Outweigh Advantages of Using E-mail to Discuss Association Business

It is a sign of technology’s fast and firm grip that few of us can remember a time when we communicated by mail (letters inserted in envelopes, affixed with stamps and delivered by the post office) rather than e-mail, delivered

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Cyber Security for your Community Association

It is always a good idea to maintain security both as individuals and as HOA and condo associations. In this technological age, people are more vulnerable and susceptible to being hacked. Just as you would lock your doors and protect

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Tips to Create an Internal Condo Association Website for Owners

Communication is a key part of any Condo Association community. Whether it’s for social purposes, governance, or maintenance, you need to be able to communicate with your Owners. Once you’ve tackled an external website, you need to start thinking about

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Basic Condo Association Cybersecurity

Hackers and malware are everywhere. Whether you’re a small business being taken advantage of with ransomware, or even the U.S. government sitting on sensitive information of staff with security clearances, you’re at risk. Condo Associations and Homeowners Associations are potentially

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Tips to Create an External Condo Association Website

Communication is one of the key elements of a Condo Association. In today’s day and age, an online presence is becoming mandatory for most entities, and Condo Associations are no exception. Web expertise is highly commoditized, and you can easily

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Public Wi-Fi Regulations Your HOA Should Consider

Everyone loves being able to connect to Wi-Fi for free when they are out and about. For this reason, many associations offer free Wi-Fi in community areas, so residents can surf the web without using up any data. However, there

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5 Productivity Apps For HOA & Condo Managers

Welcome to another Evercondo “tech tips” post, where we share some of the best apps and technology solutions out there for helping property managers, board members and residents get more done with less time.  We all want to be more

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Could Your Personal Emails Be Exposed?

Imagine the worst case scenario: you are on the board, the board is embroiled in litigation, and the opposing side wants to know what was said in an email. Suddenly you may find yourself facing the possibility of a third

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Best Practices for Protecting Association Data

Hacking can be defined as the breach of a computer system in an attempt to exploit weaknesses in a network. As online commerce continues to grow and individuals search for ways to make bill paying more convenient, security threats are

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Comcast extension costs tiny subdivision $27,565 (MD)

After years of requests, Comcast finally gave a handful of families near New Baltimore the answer they wanted.  “Over the last 10 years, we called them about every couple of years,” Saints Hill subdivision homeowner Peter Popovich said. “The answer

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Property managers downplay cybersecurity threats

Building systems are becoming increasingly connected to the Internet through new technologies that help property managers better serve and protect their tenants. But at the same time, despite creating more functional assets, smarter components, from HVAC and lighting control systems

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Weslaco Residents Call for Internet Service in Subdivision (TX)

Several Weslaco residents said they’ve been requesting internet access in their subdivision for years.  Cornerstone Meadow Estates is located south of Westgate Dr. in Weslaco. The subdivision’s layout is broken up in three phases.  Homeowners living in the third phase

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Cyber Security Part Two: Board Member Tips for Keeping Your Community Association Safe

In part one of this two-part series, we discussed the importance of cyber security to your community association and the steps that residents can take to protect themselves and their association. In this article, we look at your board’s responsibility

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Cyber Security Part One: How Community Residents Can Protect Their Tech

Like it or not, we have become very dependent on our technology. Whether it’s a cell phone, tablet or computer, our devices enable us to stay connected, conduct business and access information anywhere, anytime. Yet as convenient as these devices

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Improving Cyber Security for Your HOA

Cyber criminals know that smaller companies, including HOAs, don’t have the money or sophistication to have impenetrable online protection.

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6 ways to manage a successful homeowners’ association

No matter if it is a group of 50 or 500 people, it is necessary to adhere to the below-listed guidelines with respect to maintain a successful homeowners’ association.

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Risky Business: Discussing Association Matters in Emails

Dance like no one is watching; email like it may one day be read aloud in a deposition.

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Digital Outreach and Collaboration in a Condo Association

It is time to use technology to enhance outreach and collaboration in a Condo Association

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The Benefits of Webinars

Webinars are an amazing opportunity for community managers. You can get training on just about everything you need in the comfort of your own home. Plus, you don’t waste time and money on training you don’t actually need.

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5 Tips to Improve Your System Security

Computers are great, but when you don’t use them properly, you can make yourself vulnerable to hackers and people who want to steal your information.

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How to Secure your Condo Association’s Wireless Networks

The bare minimum to secure your Condo Association’s wireless networks is to make sure that you’ve got a password on your wireless network

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A Cyberlaw Preparedness Primer for Businesses

Given their volume and value of data, businesses need to be particularly cognizant of the cyber-threats and nimble in response to cyber-attacks.

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Board Member Best Practices: 7 Tips to Engineer Your Emails So that Recipients Take Action

Email messages are more detailed than text messages and may contain attachments, so it’s much easier for a group to share more in-depth information

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When Neighbors Tangle Online (NY)

Complaining about the co-op or condominium board is practically a blood sport in New York, an unfortunate side effect of living under the rule of elected volunteers. Usually, disputes go no further than a heated exchange at the annual meeting.

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Property Managers Common Website Mistakes

Websites are a critical meeting point between property managers and residents. Here, we look at the costly mistakes property managers make when trying to maintain their websites themselves.    Read the article…………….

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Consider these facts before advertising on your Community Association’s Website

Your community association website should have one ultimate goal: enhancing communication. This includes communication between the board, residents, owners, and community leaders. Websites can be used to post notices, conduct surveys, publish board meeting information, upload classifieds, and release inspection

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Necessary HOA Websources

Providing accurate and timely information is extremely important for homeowner associations. Prospective buyers, real estate agents and title companies need to know who to contact to provide listing and closing information. HOA members need to know who to contact for

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4 Reasons Your HOA Needs a Website

Homeowner associations (HOA) have to provide a lot of information to residents of the community. Having a website for your HOA is a must because it makes providing information and processing fees simple. These four benefits show you exactly why

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HOAs and Social Capital

What follows is the introduction and framework for a strategic connectivity plan I am working on using Twitter. The plan I am constructing will use Putnam’s social analysis to identify opportunities to build trust and reputation and use bonding and

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Tips on How to Protect Community Online Reputations from Disaster

Besides having a properly designed community website there is a lot more a site can do when it comes to damage control. An uncontrollable homeowner situation is a prime example of how things can go wrong for a community in

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Advantages and Challenges of Internet Communications in Community Associations

Whether it takes the form of well written letters, memos, emails, or even an old-fashioned conversation, the ability to communicate effectively is often the difference between having an impact on your audience and having your message simply fall upon deaf

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Communicating with Your HOA – How Do You Do It? Is Email Required?

“Good morning, as an out of state owner of a California condo, I am unable to attend Board meetings. The Association property is self-managed. I have requested a list of my Board members and their email addresses so that I

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Recommended practices for community associations when creating websites and using social media

The use of websites and social media by community associations is a great way for communities to keep their membership informed; however, there are recommended practices that community associations should follow in order to avoid, or at least minimize, their

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Should Your Association Maintain A Facebook, Twitter Or Other Social Media Account?

The importance of establishing a policy for use of social media for your association. Many common interest developments have identified the need to set polices for the use of electronic media by their control group and apply those policies to

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Advantages and Challenges of Internet Communications in Community Associations

Whether it takes the form of well written letters, memos, emails, or even an old-fashioned conversation, the ability to communicate effectively is often the difference between having an impact on your audience and having your message simply fall upon deaf

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Community associations – using tools of technology: a cautionary tale

It comes as no surprise that some tools of technology and communication have made our lives easier in many respects. However, the use of blogs, e-bulletin boards, group e-mail accounts, etc., by homeowners associations can also pose certain risks that

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Member criticizes own board via blog

Can a community association be defamed by one of its members and sue that member for damages and injunctive relief to stop his activities on an Internet web log (blog)? Can the association use association funds to pursue such a

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Improving Your HOA Website Security Settings Can Allow For Greater Flexibility

Homeowner association websites contain a wealth of information, from minutes of the board of directors meetings, the declarations and bylaws of the homeowner association, to rules and regulations and social calendars. This information helps members of the association stay up

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Better, Stronger, Faster… What We All Need to Know About Electronic Communication

These days, there are few people who don’t have a business website, a Facebook account and even a Twitter handle. It’s the same for buildings. As the rise of online social media invades nearly every aspect of our daily life,

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What is Google Glass and what could it mean for Association Management companies?

By now you have likely heard of Google’s recent announcement that its Google Glass project is for real and should see commercial release by the end of 2013. So what is Google Glass? Officially termed an “augmented reality head-mounted display”,

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Utilizing social media in your community

Modern communication has moved on from the carrier pigeon. But has your community association embraced the modern age of instant communication?  Read More……

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Social Media Primer for Association Managers and Management Companies

When thinking about promoting your business, one of the most economical and effective methods is Social Media. But as with any such tool, it’s important to understand the waters before you dive in head first. We asked one of this

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In civil litigation, ‘private’ social media data isn’t private

The rules governing e-discovery apply to social media and trump both a social media website’s privacy guidelines and an individual user’s privacy preferences.  Read More……

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Getting Owners To Visit Your HOA/Condo Website

Even if you build it, they still may not come. If no one in the community knows about the community website then it is not going to be utilized very often and management or the board of directors won’t benefit

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NYC condo board of directors fails to take down gripe site

The board of directors of Towers on the Park Condominium filed a UDRP against a resident who registered TowersonthePark.com and used it to criticize the board.  Article  Finding

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Building Community Online: Electronic Media Can Boost Association Communication

It’s hard to imagine how quickly technology has evolved during our lifetimes, and much of that change is a result of how much closer we’ve become—virtually, that is. Whether it’s finding cheap plane tickets, or a restaurant for a Saturday

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What is a Cloud Condominium?

A new type of housing community is billowing up around the country. Neighborhoods in San Diego, Orlando and Denver have already adopted a new classification called cloud condos.

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