Super Secure Systems
With hackers seemingly hiding behind every server or WiFi access point, digital security is as important as door locks and video surveillance at schools. It might start with strong passwords and having an air-tight network, but the digital safety of every schools often comes down to the systems a district buys. These two notebooks are among the most secure available today, but neither skimps on the ability to teach or learn.
Which you choose depends on whether you value keeping malicious software out of your school or you want to make it easier to log in. Personally, I think all new system should have both of these advances built in.
HP’s EliteBook X360 1030 G2 just might be the most secure convertible notebook ever created. It not only has a fingerprint scanner, Trusted Platform Module (TPM) and HP’s SureStart method of not allowing the system to start up with suspect software, but adds the company’s new Sure Click security feature. Sure Click supplements malware protection by running any newly opened Web browser window in an isolated virtual machine within the processor, essentially cordoning it off from the rest of the computer. That way, if it contains malicious software, it can be shut down without any detrimental effect to the computer. The Windows 10 system weighs just 2.8-pounds, yet has two USB 3.0 and one Type C ports along with an HDMI connection and audio jack. There’s a 13.3-inch HD screen, your choice of a Core i5 or i7 processor, 8- or 16GB of RAM and 128-, 256- or 512GB of solid state storage. It comes with a Wacom pressure-sensitive stylus and starts at $1,700.
Meanwhile, Samsung’s 2-in-1 Galaxy Book should give it competition for most secure status. The Windows tablet not only lets you log onto your system via a wireless link with your phone, but has a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) for remote log-ins. The Galaxy Book lets you link your phone to it via an NFC (Near Field Communications) to Bluetooth connection that is encrypted in Samsung’s Flow software. Just swipe your finger or enter your password on your Android phone and the Galaxy Book system picks up from where you left off. An evolutionary step up from the Tab Pro S, the Galaxy Book continues as a tablet with a snap-on keyboard cover. On the other hand, it’s not a one-size fits all system, with 10.6- (1,920 by 1,080 resolution) or 12-inch (2,160 by 1,440 resolution) Super-AMOLED screens. They’ll all run Windows 10 software, but the 12-incher will use a Core i5 processor while the 10.6-incher will have a Core M3 chip; both have at least 4GB of RAM and either a 128- or 256GB solid-state storage module; the smaller Galaxy Book also will have a 64GB option. The larger Galaxy Book has a pair of USB C ports, a micro-SD card slot and Samsung’s S-Pen for writing or drawing directly on the display, while the smaller Galaxy Book makes do with a single Type C USB port. The good news is that rather than an expensive option, each Galaxy Book comes with its backlit keyboard cover. It’s coming in the spring.