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DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
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Tech Gazette
 
 December
Volume: 1, Issue: 2
Guest Wireless

The Department of Information Technology is pursuing improvement of all user’s experiences while in the Nashua School District.  One of our initiatives is to improve the overall wireless connectivity experience.  Our first goal is to enhance the Guest Network.  After the New Year, Guest wifi users will no longer need to authenticate using district credentials.  Opening a browser on any

device while in the district will bring a user to a captive web page directing agreement to our Terms of Use.  To expand the number of users able to connect to Guest wifi throughout the day, a device will remain connected to the Guest Network for two hours.  The time limitation will prevent connected devices not in use from holding a wifi reservation and provide a richer browsing experience for the devices in use.
Points of Interest
 
·  Guest Wifi
·  Lock Time
·  Data Storage


Important Dates

Winter break begins Dec. 22nd.  Please lock all laptops chrombooks, iPads in their respective carts.  Please leave computers on, but log off. 

Have a safe and restful break.



Did you know?

According to the 2014 IBM Chief Information Security Officer Assessment, 95 percent of information security incidents involve human error. 
Computer Lock Time

Our unoccupied computer lock time is reduced from two hours to 45 minutes.  This policy has been implemented to protect sensitive student and staff data.  If a computer is idle (no movement of mouse or keyboard, and no video playing), then the computer will lock after 45 minutes.  To unlock, a user will simply type their




password and open to the same screen they were on before the computer locked. As a District, we are responsible to ensure personal identifiable information through Aspen/X2 or sensitive emails is secure.  Locking when inactive also means the computer won’t be constantly running and will conserve power and extend the life of the computer.
Data Storage

Our department has had reports of users experiencing problems with broken thumb drives and external hard drives.  Either the device doesn’t work anymore or the computer doesn’t recognize the drive anymore.  This can leave the user feeling frustrated and helpless because their entire life’s work is often on these devices.  To alleviate the pain and hassle of paying a small fortune for someone
to  recover the data, we recommend storingyour documents, photos, videos, graduate school work, etc. to a cloud storage service like Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive.  These services often give user quite a bit of storage for a free or low rate.  Additionally, you can access to your data anywhere you log into a computer or on your phone.  More often than not, you can just drag and drop any file to your cloud storage service provider of choice. 

To learn more about Google Drive, DropBox, or OneDrive please click on any or all hyperlinks.