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Due to advancements in our web filter and firewall, all mobile devices now need an SSL certificate to be installed. Without the certificate any secure websites will not be displayed correctly.

Connect  to the college wireless network but do not complete login details. Follow the steps below for the appropriate operating system.

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Children of today grow up surrounded by an online experience, both directly and indirectly. They use computers to do their homework, play games, communicate with friends and access the wealth of information on the web. It is prudent to say that computers give children access to many positive experiences.Nevertheless, parents must be vigilant when facing challenges in monitoring what their children see online, the people they meet, and the information they share.

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People who subscribe to BT broadband could be losing out on their bandwidth as well as leaving themselves open to a plethora of problems! On the 4th October 2007 BT announced a collaboration with Fon, a Spanish company which deals in dual access WiFi to help create a huge WiFi network accross the country utilising BT WiFi hubs as the broadcasting unit. The idea is that if you have a Fon enabled device then you are given a unique access credential meaning that you can use any other FON hotspot in the UK free of charge.

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On the 9th July, the FBI have estimated that over 350,000 people will loose internet connectivity due to the ‘DNS Changer’ virus which they have been dealing with. The actual virus was created by an Estonian crime group in 1997 but later disbanded sometime in November last year. At the peak of its activity, it is believed to have infected over half a million machines. The virus had a number of minor effects including generating fraudulent clicks on adverts and disabling antivirus software as well as redirecting computers to the fraudsters servers.

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Sophos are a software and hardware developer that specialise in security and encryption technologies who are trusted globally by business and home users alike. Now they are offering up a free virus removal tool which is available for anyone to download. This tool can handle the following;

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Below is some e-safety content which is well worth watching. Each video highlights some salient points regarding your child's online safety and may provide some opportunity for better understanding. What would Facebook actions be like in the physical world? Presentations from the Family Online Safety Institute

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A free service called ScrubIT is a free recursive DNS server that regulates what comes into your home or business. ScrubIT “scrubs” the internet so you don’t have to be concerned about what your family members will be confronted with. DNS (Domain Name System) is a process that translates easy to remember addresses (like www.google.co.uk) to a numerical IP address used by computers (209.85.229.94). The majority of  DNS is provided to the user by your internet service provider, or a recursive DNS service such as ScrubIT. They currently profile several million websites and by default block out any pornographic, phishing and many other sites which may cause concern. If you would like to take advantage of this service and customise which sites are blocked and allowed, you can sign up for ScrubIT’s beta programme by clicking on the link BETA .

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Is your computer running too slow? Do you want to upgrade your hardware but not sure how? Sidmouth College’s computer surgery can assist you with all computer based issues & questions and provide free support to all college staff, pupils and their parents. If you wish to take up this offer, simply complete this form stating a date and time and the Network Support Team will contact you in due course to finalise details. Please do remember to fill in as much detail as you can about the problems you are experiencing as well as putting ‘COMPUTER SURGERY’ in the subject box as this will assist in a timely turn-around of your question or issue.

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