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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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Website Owners, Mobile Application Providers, and Other Online Service Providers BEWARE: Failure to Comply with New DMCA Eligibility Requirements May Result in Copyright Infringement Liability

Any company that allows third-party users to post or link content to its website, mobile applications, or other online platforms must understand and comply with the new Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) safe harbor requirements or risk liability for copyright

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Improving Cyber Security for Your HOA

You may think that only big businesses with millions of dollars are at risk for a cyber hack, but that isn’t the case. Cyber criminals know that smaller companies, including HOAs, don’t have the money or sophistication to have impenetrable

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6 ways to manage a successful homeowners’ association

It is always a convenient option to form a group of like-minded people, chosen by the rest of the residents to maintain harmony in the neighborhood. For this purpose,homeowners’ associations are formed so that one can mark the elements that

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Risky Business: Discussing Association Matters in Emails

As well-known especially by those with teenagers, email has taken the place of ordinary telephone conversations and in-person communications. Unlike most telephone conversations and in-person communications, however, email communications are not ephemera. Rather, they live on in back-up tapes or

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Digital Outreach and Collaboration in a Condo Association

The year is 2016. The world is full of incredible technology – small drones that can deliver burritos or crash into Condos, smart devices which allow us to send selfies to the entire world, and self-driving and electric cars. With

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The Benefits of Webinars

Community managers need to be trained in a variety of fields to successfully perform their jobs. That’s why additional training and education is essential. Luckily, this doesn’t mean you have to travel around the country from seminar to seminar. Instead,

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5 Tips to Improve Your System Security

Cybercrime is everywhere and may people fall victim to it every day. However, there are ways you can protect yourself and improve your system security. These five tips will make it harder for people to access your computer and information.

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How to Secure your Condo Association’s Wireless Networks

Many Condo Associations offer free wireless internet access (wifi) for Owners in common areas as an amenity. It might be in your gym, your lobby, your pool – wherever. In today’s day and age where everyone is connected 24/7, this

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A Cyberlaw Preparedness Primer for Businesses

As the dust settles on the legal battle between Apple and the F.B.I., businesses should take note of the many issues related to the privacy and confidentiality of electronically stored information. Though Apple arguably emerged victorious in refusing to create

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

Community association board members spend a lot of time communicating — whether it’s with one another, community members, vendors or your management company. If communication is ineffective, the whole community could end up paying the price. With so much of

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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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