Friday Freebee: How Healthy Are Your School’s PCs?
The results of Norton’s State of PC Health survey of more than 1 million computers are in and they point to a blatant disregard for the necessary maintenance that keeps a PC running at top speed. With 70 percent of systems suffering from a lack of basic maintenance, there’s a lot of room for growth. For example, 14 percent of machines’ hard drives were not defragmented, 41 percent were using unsecured WiFi routers and 4 in 5 PCs were not backed up. Norton offers a free online checkup that looks at everything from viruses to firewall integrity in order to keep your school’s systems running at peak efficiency.
One way to keep a school’s worth of PCs running at top speed is to keep out hackers that use connected computers as zombies that attack others is to use Symantec’s new Norton DNS service. The service augments other protections by routing all Web requests through remote servers that can not only keep users on the straight and narrow but verify the address of the destination and hide the school’s IP address. It works by adjusting the PC’s or the router’s domain name service settings. It works with Macs and PCs, and is still a beta service, which means that it’s free – at least for now.
It’s all part of a new product line from Symantec called Norton Everywhere, which attempts to protect all manner of modern gear, from smartphones to game machines.