We all know about AVG and Avast free anti-virus software, but there’s a new kid on the freebee block: Bitdefender. There are full versions available for PCs, Macs, Android tablets as well as an online app that lets you scan just about any computer for infestations. My favorite is the free Windows-only 60-second scanner that should be set to run on every school computer every night when it’s idle. It’s a quick download and can be scheduled to run at a set time very day or night.
Even 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:
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.
Raptor 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.
If 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.