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Freebee Friday: That Insecure Feeling

Splash dataEven the most airtight network is susceptible to intrusion if the teachers, students and admin staff don’t practice good password safety. Every year SplashData compiles a list of the most popular (and infamous) passwords, and – no surprise – the leader for 2014 is good old 1-2-3-4-5-6, which led last year as well. The second through fifth places for the least secure passwords go to:

  • password
  • 12345
  • 12345678
  • qwerty

In other words, just about every password needs to be replaced with something less guessable and force users to change them every couple of months with no repeats allowed.

School Guard

Raptor bRaptor Technologies takes visitor management into the 21-st century. The company can provide background information on potential visitors and its software can control who gets in, including visiting teachers and volunteers, and who doesn’t. In additiuon to delivering printed ID name tags, the software creates lists of who is in the building. The best part is that the whole system is online so there’s no software to load and upgrade.

Lock Down

MinisaverIf the latest tablets, Ultrabooks and Chromebooks look too thin to be able to tie down with a locked cable, Kensington’s new MiniSaver Mobile lock can do the trick. Designed for small and thin devices, the MiniSaver’s connector is no bigger than an audio jack yet can lock the item down so it doesn’t disappear. Just insert the cleat and lock it in place. The $60 cable is cut resistant, can be rotated and has a loop for securing it to something solid.




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