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  • BSD Tools performance and security upgrades

    Beginning in January, we will migrate BSD Tools accounts to a more modern database architecture which provide faster querying capabilities, more resilient failover processes, and a higher level of data security.

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  • Taking Back the House, and Other Victories

    Thanks to the efforts of millions of people acting collectively, the interests of the majority of our country will be better represented in 2019 than they were in 2018. Last night, the Democrats took back the House, won key governors mansions, and flipped surprising districts around the country.

     

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  • Two simple steps can optimize your deliverability

    Email Authentication refers to techniques that provide the recipient of email messages with certainty that the message actually originated from the stated source of the message. The goal is to limit fraudulent email messages and prevent spoofing.

    Many Email Service Providers today use SPF and DKIM signing as a factor in their handling of email messages – messages with SPF and DKIM authentication may see better deliverability and inbox placement.

    There are two primary forms of email authentication in use today:

    • Sender Policy Framework (SPF)
    • DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM)
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  • Multi-factor authentication now available

    For several years, the BSD Tools has supported multi-factor authentication (MFA) for users logging in with their Google Accounts. Today, we are pleased to announce that we are extending MFA support to users logging in with conventional email/password combinations

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  • BSD Tools Mass Mailer Maintenance

    Blue State Digital will perform maintenance on its general pool mass mailing infrastructure during the following time periods:
    Tuesday September 4, 2018 9:00pm ET until Wednesday September 5, 2018 3:00am ET
    Wednesday September 5, 2018 9:00pm ET until Thursday September 6, 2018 3:00am ET

     
    During these maintenance windows, email messages -- including mass mailings, recurring mailings, triggered mailings, contribution receipts, and other auto-responders -- will be sent, but send times for some customers may be slower than normal. 

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  • Are You Reading Test Results Wrong?

    In digital marketing, everyone loves a big, flashy test result — especially in organizations with a strong testing culture. But what about tests that don’t generate statistically significant results? It may seem counterintuitive, but these results may still contain a huge amount of value — as long as you’re reading them in the correct way.

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  • Deprecation of /set_constituent_data API method

    Effective December 14, 2018, one API method -- /set_constituent_data -- will be deprecated

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  • Mass mailer maintenance window

    Blue State Digital will perform maintenance on its mass mailing infrastructure between Thursday July 12th at 9:01 PM ET until Thursday July 12th at 10:59 PM ET.  During this maintenance window, email messages sent from BSD's general pool -- including mass mailings, recurring mailings, triggered mailings, contribution receipts, and other auto-responders -- will not be queued but not sent until after the window is complete. Customers using dedicated IP addresses will not see service interrupted during this period. 

     

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  • Download: 2018 Fundraising Insights Report

    With data from 260+ nonprofits, our latest Fundraising Insights Report will help you pinpoint where your organization is winning and which opportunities you’re missing out on. 

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  • TLS Upgrade: What You Need To Know

    Effective April 15, 2018, Blue State Digital will no longer support TLS 1.0 or SSLv3 for its BSD Tools and CallOut applications. Any web browsers or software accessing the BSD Tools API that do not support TLS 1.1 or TLS 1.2 will no longer work after this date. Here's what you need to know.

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  • Release notes 3/2/18 - 3/13/18

    • [FWORK-47804] - Changed the get_contributions API to respect chapters
    • [FWORK-47981] - Fixed a case where some user roles were not showing up after creation
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  • Mass Mailer Maintenance Window

    Blue State Digital will perform maintenance on its mass mailing infrastructure from Thursday February 22nd at 12:01 AM ET through Thursday February 22nd at 2:00 AM ET

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  • Action Required: Securing BSD Tools Domains

    As part of Blue State Digital’s ongoing efforts to improve the security of our software applications and put in place general best practices for web application security, we will be migrating all customer domains using non-secure protocols to HTTPS in the coming weeks. Concurrently, BSD will also be migrating all instances of the BSD Tools to Cloudfront, Amazon Web Services’ CDN solution. This will ultimately result in faster page loads and a more stable experience.

    As part of this process, your action will be required. You will receive an email notification several weeks prior to the migration date for your domain(s).

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  • Release notes 1/29/18 - 2/9/18

    • [FWORK-47691] - When using the {{ cons_addr.state_name }} or %%STATE_NAME%% personalization tags for the following states/provinces have changed from abbreviations to full names as follows:

      'DC' => 'D.C.',
      'NT' => 'the Northwest Territories',
      'FM' => 'the Federated States of Micronesia',
      'MH' => 'the Marshall Islands',
      'MP' => 'the Northern Mariana Islands',
      'UM' => 'the U.S. Minor Outlying Islands',
      'VI' => 'the Virgin Islands',
      'AA' => 'the Armed Forces - Americas',
      'AE' => 'the Armed Forces - Europe',
      'AP' => 'the Armed Forces - Pacific'

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  • Announcing CallOut Advanced Reporting, Custom Targets and more

    Today we’re pleased to announce a significant expansion our advocacy product, CallOut, bringing advanced reporting, custom target management, and internationalization.

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