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New approach to internet security with launch of Smoothwall’s School Guardian

A new approach to tackling the problem of internet security in schools and colleges was today launched by Smoothwall, as it announced its latest version of School Guardian.

Unveiled, at the BETT show at London’s Olympia, the new software will enable colleges to counter shadow surfing, but still continue to use secure connections.

Tom Newton, product manager of Smoothwall, said: "We feel that particularly in further and adult education, this product will enable schools and colleges to be flexible, allowing older learners to use the filtering to access social networking sites."

The software will also screen encrypted traffic and block encrypted proxy technologies including Ultrasurf. 

"In further education in particular, we have seen far worse problems including child pornography," added Mr Newton.

Colin Woodcock, Learning Co-ordinator at Haven Technology College commented: "Students misuse of the internet is a serious impediment to learning. Over the past few years, students’ knowledge and ability to circumvent the existing filtering provision, particularly by the use of proxy servers, has become a major cause for concern."

Jason Seebaruth

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