We Need You! Take This Survey to Inform Our Research and Keep Kids Safe

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Over the past 20 years Lightspeed Systems has led K-12 internet filtering and device management, we’ve seen many changes. Technology and digital learning are evolving at a rapid pace.

For all of us in the Lightspeed Systems community, the safety of students is top priority. Having data on student web activity is essential for school IT and administration to monitor inappropriate, dangerous behavior.

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Who’s Winning the Device Wars? Here’s Our Take

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The device wars are heating up in education. On Tuesday, Apple announced its new iPad, complete with Apple Pencil support and a special discount for schools. Almost simultaneously, Acer announced its first Chrome OS tablet. Recent reports show that Microsoft devices are on the rise in education, too.

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Top 6 Reasons Schools Should Decrypt Google Traffic

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Schools are increasingly turning to Google services for productivity, collaboration, communication, research, and more. And when they do, the biggest challenge is being able to monitor and filter user activity across that encrypted Google traffic. Once traffic is encrypted (as Google and other services increasingly are), it’s more difficult to get full information on the URLs and activity for your web filtering and reporting. The solution is decrypting Google-bound traffic as a trusted man in the middle proxy. We’ll cover the why first and then get to the how.

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The Power of the Web Activity Report

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Blocking and allowing content is only half of the web filtering story. The other half is reporting. You need data about what your users are doing — and the information you want to see is probably different than the information someone else wants to see so it’s important that those reports be customizable. That’s what we provide with the Web Activity report.

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Calling All IT Pros! Take Our Survey and Win an iPad

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Lightspeed works to solve IT problems in schools around the globe. And we want to bring you content — presentations, Knowledgebase posts and everything else — that helps you solve your top challenges.
Please take this quick survey so we can prioritize that content, efficiently delivering the resources you want and need most. As thanks for your feedback, you’ll be automatically entered to win an iPad.
Got any more great ideas for how Lightspeed can better serve you? Tweet @lightspeedsys with the hashtag #solvedIT.

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Get Tips for Improving Your School’s Mobile Program (You Don’t Even Have to Leave Your Desk)

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Whether your district has yet to implement a mobile learning program or you need fresh ideas on making yours better, it’s always enlightening to hear how other schools are using and managing mobile devices.

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HTTPS and Google and Web Filtering for Schools

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Google moving all services to HTTPS has results in some questions and concerns from schools about their web filtering. The assurance of privacy that HTTPS provides is critical, but so is the assurance of student safety. And schools still want to report on searches, selectively allow or block Google services, and block YouTube as a policy while allowing safe access to specific educational videos in the My Big Campus Resource Library. And you can. We’ll help you have the best of both worlds with the Lightspeed Systems Web Filter. Find out how.

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Update on Google Encrypted Search

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Back when Google moved to encrypted search by default in 2011, it created issues for schools who wanted to restrict and report on Google searches so we worked with them to create an option to be able to redirect Google search traffic to servers that do not allow encrypted searching. By redirecting to nosslsearch.google.com, schools could filter and monitor like usual. Many schools have been using this solution.

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