Blogs

April 16, 2014

PTA/PTO in the cloud

What is the PTA in a cloud? What is the “cloud” anyway? These days almost all data is stored permanently on a private and secure place that can be accessed via the internet. Typically, the remote server that a user is accessing via the web interface is the “the cloud”. Data in the “cloud” does not mean anyone can see it – only the authorized users would be able to access the data. Data could be your PTA’s documents, forms or whatever you might want to store on the cloud. A PTA/PTO deals with secure and private data and financials year after year, as they build the student directory and run half a dozen fundraisers each year. Keeping your PTA/O information on a private and secure place on the internet, that is not google-able is the best time saver and collaborative tool. Instead of sending emails loaded with attachments to […]
April 15, 2014

Why SSL?

The internet community is buzzing about the “Heartbleed Bug” and “OpenSSL”. At the heart of the “HeartBleed Bug” is SSL, the secure socket layer. So what is SSL and what role does it play in our internet transactions? The Sockets in the “Secure Sockets Layer” refers to a protocol used by any “client” to communicate with a “server”. A “client” is any web browser, email client or program initiating the transaction. The “server” is the program that fulfills the request of the client. When the internet started getting used in the early nineties outside the “geek” circles, software programs for banking, e-commerce and a multitude other purposes started getting built and used. However, software researchers needed to find a way to stop sensitive data being transferred transparently over the internet so that it could not be stolen by unscrupulous parties. Due to this need to protect credit card numbers, banking […]
April 13, 2014

What the HeartBleed Security Bug Means to an Internet User?

                                                          All of us use devices connected to the internet every single day, whether it is to browse the web, get our financial information or connect to our children’s schools. So it is essential for us to understand the implications of the HeartBleed Bug for us as an internet user. In this article, we explain the HeartBleed bug in a layman’s language and its impact upon the regular user. When you submit any information on the internet, whether it is a keyword or phrase that you are searching on Google or a username for logging into a secure website, your query is converted into a coded message or encrypted to insure its security from an ‘eavesdropper’. The security flaw termed as the […]
March 18, 2014

Top Ten Reasons Dads are a Rare Species on PTA Boards

10. The PTA Board meetings are always in the mornings and Dads are at work. FIX: Move the meetings to the evenings. 9. PTA Moms are the leaders at home and the school and do not want give Dads a chance to lead. 8. Dads do not want to get involved with school politics! 7. PTA Moms are better at fighting school boards for their children’s education! 6. Dads cannot compete with the Type A PTA Moms who are organized, smart and capable of doing it on their own. 5. Stay-at-home Dads really love staying at home – they don’t like to socialize! 4. PTA Moms love fundraising and raising money for their schools. 3. PTA Moms are better at making Halloween Treats, Gingerbread cookies and holiday parties in general! 2. PTA Moms can multi-task – organize the next school fair/bingo night/basket raffle, drive three kids to different places everyday […]