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Saeqa Gazi – International Sales Manager

Introducing Smoothwall’s Women in Tech Series: Saeqa Gazi Are you aware that women currently make up just 17% of employees in the UK tech sector? As part of our Tech Inclusion Program we want to address this gender disparity, encourage more females to consider a role in technology and celebrate the...

The Pros and Cons of Wi-Fi Enabled School Buses

Schools are constantly looking for innovative ways to close the digital divide…are school buses the next frontier? Proponents of Wi-Fi enabled buses say the technology will help close the “homework gap” for rural and low-income students. Opponents aren’t so sure. What are the pros and cons of...

Best Practices Following a School Network Hack

The only thing worse than a breach of your network is handling it improperly afterwards, particularly if you’re a school. A network hack is one of the most serious technological issues your school could ever face. School networks store vast amounts of incredibly sensitive data regarding students,...

How Smoothwall Stops Your School's Most Distracting Apps

  In today’s digital society, students are incredibly resourceful. It goes without saying that your student body has probably devoted hundreds of hours towards circumventing your school’s filtering and firewall solutions… but is your technology robust enough to stop them? Apps are one of the most...

3 Questions to Ask When Filing for E-Rate Funding

13th March 2018 No comments
The federal E-rate program supports telecommunications initiatives in thousands of schools and libraries across the country. Applied to both one-off and ongoing technology needs, for many schools E-rate funding makes up a critical component of the organization’s overall technology budget. Applying...

E-Rate and the End of Net Neutrality

28th February 2018 News, Schools, E-Rate, net neutrality No comments
On December 14, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal the rules designed to regulate internet providers. The decision to end “Net Neutrality,” the concept of open internet access for all, has not been without controversy. For schools and other organizations heavily dependent...

4 Technologies That Are Closing the Digital Divide 

19th February 2018 Digital Divide  No comments
Closing the digital divide is more than just an issue for schools or rural communities, it’s an issue that affects us all. Over ten million Americans lack access to high-speed internet, limiting the accessibility of public health information, employment resources, learning programs, and much more....

E-Rate Changes to Expect in 2018

As the national debate over net neutrality rages on, questions continue to swirl over long-term access to the internet. Particularly for schools, the end of net neutrality could mean a rollback of education-enhancing web tools based on zip code, funding, and even internet provider. With so many...

The Impact of Web Search on Youth Suicide Rates

6th February 2018 Web Filtering, Web Search No comments
The internet has had a profound effect on the proliferation and normalization of teenage suicides. Suicide is the 2nd-leading cause of death for people between the ages of 10 and 24, and study after study shows the rate of suicidal thinking and behavior is on the rise. What is technology’s role?

4 Common Network Problems Schools Face and How to Solve Them

25th January 2018 Network Problem, Schools No comments
The networking landscape is changing. Smoothwall understands that today’s school networks are more complex than ever, facing issues like security, overload, and even filtering on a larger scale than at any point in history. Which specific school network problems are the most common, and what can...