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New Protection for New Threats

NIS_UI_ScreenshotAs the Internet’s threats evolve, the protection needs to change as well. Norton’s Internet Security (NIS) can protect up to three PCs for $80 a year and puts an emphasis on attacks made through Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and other social networking systems. By examining a computer’s files, checking where it came from and monitoring its actions, NIS can keep a school system clean. There’s even a way to revive contaminated computers that can’t start up.

Freebee Friday: Making School into a Calmer Community

Liveschool aWith so much going on at school, it’s no wonder that behavioral issues often get ignored or swept under the rug. Not with LiveSchool. The program can help by keeping all material having anything to do with a school’s culture and behavior in one place. The LiveSchool interface is Web-driven, so it can run on desktops, notebooks or tablets and can keep track of everything from graffiti incidents to discipline issues to letters home to parents. There’s even a way to issue electronic hall passes that show up on the hall monitor’s slate. You can try it out for 45 days to see if it fits in with your school’s culture.


An End to Security Tapes

IPCorder-KNR-10002Forget about fumbling with video tapes from your school’s security cams with an IPcorder Network Video Recorder. The company’s KNR series are small and range from a 4IP channel unit that holds 3TB to a 40-channel unit that holds 5 drives and tops out at 15TB of accumulated video. Everything can be viewed with the company’s Web-based software on a computer, phone or tablet.

Freebee Friday: Virus-Free For Free

Avast scn-soa-console-2Let others pay for Norton or McAfee anti-virus software, but your school can have equivalent protection against malware for nothing with Avast’s Free for Education program. The EndPoint Protection software works with PCs (a Mac version is in the works) and includes a virus, spam and ad-ware scanner to keep every computer clean. You can get district-wide protection for up to 30,000 clients along with remote management and centralized control. It’s free for any public or non-profit school; just apply, install it and stop paying for protection.

Freebee Friday: Widget Watchers

Norton widget bThe latest in keeping new computers running fast and new is Norton’s Resource Hog and Madware Monitor widgets. The free apps let IT staff watch out for software that uses too much power, memory and system resources as well as those that are being loaded down with adware.

Freebee Friday: Making Visitors Welcome

PlascoTracLogoTrack those who can get into your school with PlascoTrac’s Visitor Management Software. Aimed at K-through-12 institutions, the system allows staff to more efficiently and quickly track who is on campus as well as classify them by reason for visit. Inappropriate visitors can be flagged and photos are taken of each visitor for an ID badge. The system costs $600, but there’s a free trial.



Freebee Friday: Free Protection

SafeGuard_10.19.2012 (1)With a new operating system come new dangers and security problems, but Trend Micro has you covered with three free trial apps. While SafeGuard can protect a tablet during Web journeys, the Go Everywhere app can locate a lost or stolen system. Later this year, a new version of DirectPass will join them with the ability to consolidate passwords and management.

Top Shelf Protection

Mobile_mainUI_fullversionThe latest in protection for computers, tablet sand phones is Norton One, a subscription service that makes sure your devices are all protected. It not only includes antitheft and virus protection, but comes with 25GB of online storage and works with PCs, Macs and Android systems. It comes with access to a dedicated support staff with a promised wait time of no more than 2 minutes.  For up to 5 devices, it costs $150 a year.


Android Defense

Norton Mobile Security_SMS Control 2Just because you have a classroom of Android tablets doesn’t mean they’re safe from theft or virus attack. With Norton’s $30 Tablet Security, every system in the school can be protected from spyware, phishing and search engine attacks. Plus, if the tablet is lost or stolen it can be remotely locked and located on a map.



Android Fights Back

Management 1 Your school’s desktops and notebooks may be prepared to stop a viral attack, but what about all those tablets you just got? Norton Tablet Security takes security to a new level with Android-based protection for viruses, malware and even loss or theft. It’ll cost $40 when it comes out later this month.





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