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Will Google search changes leave your students vulnerable?

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How to ensure new search engine changes don't leave your students at risk...

What are http://www.seomofo.com/downloads/new-google-logo-official.png doing?

You may have heard that Google will be making some changes to their search engine forcing all Google searches to use SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption.  We expect other search engines such as Yahoo, will follow in their path over the coming months and make similar changes.

Why are Google doing this?

SSL helps protect your data. SSL encrypts the connection between your computer and Google to help prevent others (like Internet Cafes, Internet Service Providers and WiFi hotspots) from seeing the information you see on the search results page and your login information.

What will this mean for me and my students?

Once Google has made this change it will mean that internet filters used in schools will not be able monitor and protect students when they use Google, this is because they cannot see the encrypted search made by the user.  Because the content of the search is not visible to most internet filtering services this could allow students or staff to search for key words that are blocked by your filters and they can potentially be exposed to undesirable search results.

Good News! - If you're using NCI School Internet Services your students are protected!

If you're using the NCI Schools Internet Service (SIS) your product is being upgraded by NCI to ensure that your students still enjoy the internet with a content filter product that gives maximum protection to minimise the risk of undesirable content. Our upgrade will create a secure encrypted connection from your browser to a web page or website hosted at an HTTPS site.

What will I need to do?

In the majority of cases nothing! If you're using our Internet Service the upgrade will happen seamlessly in the background and you will not need to take any action. All devices that are managed on an NCI support contract through our SIS service will receive an SSL certificate which will be deployed remotely by NCI.

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But my device is not managed by NCI

If you are using an iPad or Android device that is not managed by NCI, you will need to install the certificate on your device and our engineers are ready to talk you through how to do this.

What happens if I do not have certificates applied to all devices used in school using the school’s internet?

If you do not install this certificate then if you use that device in school you will see an error on your screen every time you try to access a web site that uses https:// at the start of the address.

Who should I contact for further information?

If your an NCI SIS customer then you are protected already! But do This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like further information or have any concerns.

If you don't have our School Internet Service in place and want to ensure your web-filtering is effectively protecting your students then please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with our team for helpful advice.

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