Securly is completely cloud based, takes only a few minutes to set up and costs a fraction of the cost that schools are expected to pay for other solutions. It solves the problem of "over blocking" in schools by allowing educators to safely use 21st century instructional tools such as Google, YouTube and Wikipedia in the classroom without fear.
Securly's cloud architecture consists of a core policy engine that can be deployed either as a DNS-service, Proxy, or plugin. This means for in-school filtering administrators can use a DNS forwarder setting and be setup for in-school filtering in under 5-minutes. For take-home Chromebooks the Chrome Web Store plugin can be pushed down for ubiquitous coverage within 60 seconds. Likewise, for iPads, Windows, Macs, and other devices, you can use the MDM of your choice to push down Proxy PAC file or DNS settings within minutes. All of these devices are then policed by the same central cloud-based policing engine through a unified admin console.
100% Cloud Based with Unified Filtering
Delivered through the cloud, Securly can provide both in-school and take-home filtering for BYOD devices through the same admin console.
Location based policies for take-home 1:1 devices when the devices are off school premises.
1:1 iPads, Windows, & Macs
Fully supports any heterogeneous mix of 1:1 devices including iPads, Windows, Macs, and Android/Nexus tablets.
Zero-touch filtering of 1:1 take home Chromebooks using a Chrome extension that takes seconds to deploy. No proxying. No SSL certificates.
Safe Search and YouTube
Administrators have the option to enforce the safety-mode on Google, Bing and Yahoo search engines. For YouTube, schools can have an open but safe environment where videos flagged by the YouTube community are filtered out.
Safe Social Media
Securly filters out age-inappropriate pages (URLs) from social-media websites like Wikipedia, Blogs, etc.
Google Apps for Education Integration
Securly was the first filter to provide Single Sign On using Google Apps for Education accounts. Schools using Active Directory or LDAP based directories can use the free Google Apps Directory Sync (GADS) tool to get onto GAfE. Students, teachers and admins are administered policies customized for their Organizational Units and the login is based on their GAfE accounts.
YouTube for Schools
Securly seamlessly supports YouTube for Schools integration and allows teachers and administrators to provide a whitelisted version of YouTube to their students and add videos to it as they see fit. Unlike with YouTube Safety Mode, YouTube does not block inappropriate search keywords in this mode. However, Securly does scan the search query for inappropriate keywords adding a second layer of protection.
School Focused Filter Categories
Securly offers classification categories that make sense to Schools so administrators are not overwhelmed by enterprise categories such as Radio, Television and Humor.
Per User Policies
Through the Google Apps Single Sign On, Securly provides policies mapped to individual organisational units.
Administrators are able to create white listed environments for certain organisational units (e.g. for online tests or early years students) for added security. Administrators can also allow teachers to temporarily or permanently white list individual sites as exceptions to an entire blocked category.
Powerful Student Achievement Analytics
Securly provides cloud based analytics designed to improve student productivity and achievement. Administrators and teachers can now analyse student activity across educational sites, in-school and at-home, across all school provided devices.
Securly now includes Sentiment Analysis which identifies the meaning behind students social media posts. Rather than flagging on keywords, which can’t pick up on subtle nuances, Securly's algorithms determine the underlying sentiments and emotions behind students online posts and flags for attention if there is any suspicion of potential self harm or students distressed by bullying.
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