Our 8 Most Popular Blog Posts in 2017

Lightspeed has had a lot of great news to share on the blog this year, including announcements on new products and features; tips and tricks for getting the most out of your solutions; and what’s ahead on our development roadmap.

Here’s a recap of the year’s most popular blog posts, based on your shares and comments. After you’re caught up, tell us in the comments section what you want to see on the blog in 2018.


1. How Lightspeed Systems Puts Kids First With Student Threat Protection

With the release of Relay for Chrome this year, we gave schools the ability to identify safety threats to students in real time. With Relay, IT can set custom flagged alerts of suspicious search terms to better identify students that are in danger and intervene when necessary.

Relay also gives schools advanced threat analysis, custom danger-rating scales, flagged site controls and much more.


2. We Analyzed Thousands of Student Web Searches About Suicide. Here’s What We Learned

Keeping students safe is a key mission for us. After completing a report on the state of cyberbullying today, we collected and analyzed student search data from Relay customers to uncover insights into student self-harm and suicide.

Read the full post to see our surprising findings, and learn how Lightspeed solutions can help you cut through the noise in student activity to identify instances of suspicious and dangerous activity.


3. Keeping YouTube Safe: How to Ensure Your Students Get the Best Content (and Not the Rest)

YouTube can be an excellent resource for learning, yet there lurk many threats of inappropriate and distracting content. Recently, problems have come to light with bizarre and disturbing YouTube videos geared toward children. Smart Play, released this year in Web Filter 3: Longhorn and Relay, enables safe YouTube access in just a click.


4. 10 Tips for Take-Home Chromebooks

Sending devices home with students is becoming commonplace in K-12. We are constantly speaking with customers and other members of the K-12 ed-tech community, and we built Relay for Chrome to meet their needs.

This post is a great resource if your district is considering implementing a take-home policy for school Chromebooks.


5. 7 Ways to Get More From School Chromebooks

These small-but-mighty devices have proved to be a smart choice for K-12 given their ease of use, price range and many other factors.

In this post, we review just a few of the ways Relay for Chrome helps schools maximize return on their Chromebook investment: classroom monitoring tools, device geolocation and more.


6. Filtering Fundamentals: 7 Secrets to Success

This post covers best practices for device filtering in today’s schools. Are you decrypting SSL? Does your mobile filter offer seamless user identification? Does your filter have a complete and powerful URL database? If you’re running Web Filter 3: Longhorn, have no fear: You’re getting the best filtering for K-12.

Not a Web Filter customer? Want to see what you’re missing? Let us know and sign up for a personalized demo!


7. How to Protect Your Students From New Websites

Did you know that Lightspeed Systems’ proprietary URL database processes about 2 million URLs each day? New websites are being generated constantly, and we make it easy to block these unknown sites. Read the post to see how Web Filter 3 and Relay protect schools from malware and other dangerous and explicit content.


8. Filter Bypass Tools: What Schools Need to Know About Psiphon, Ultrasurf, Hotspot Shield & More

Students have increasingly sophisticated means to bypass your filter. We’re here to help. This year, we released Filter Bypass Controls in Web Filter 3: Longhorn to help you put a stop to these bypass tools. Read this Q&A with our VP of Product Management to learn about the technical aspects of this feature and how to enable it. (Hint: It’s just a simple checkbox in your Web Filter settings.)

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