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 […]
February 19, 2014

A Mobile Website or a Native App for Your Mobile School Directory?

A web app or a native app to access a mobile school directory? Mobile School Directories are generally accessed via mobile websites.  While this process requires users to login and to have access to the Internet, mobile websites or web apps are also considered to be a more secure means of providing users with privacy-protected content.  In the age of apps‚ where software programs or applications covering a wide range of usage can be readily downloaded and stored on a mobile device, the questions is often asked if the school directory can also be downloaded as an app. Efficient access, operation and Internet independence are the major arguments in support of having the school directory as downloadable ‘native app’.  So, why are the school directories not generally provided as native apps.   The main argument against going the native app route is data security.  Storage of the data that is […]
February 14, 2014

Mobile Website or App, their Differences and Benefits?

Smartphone and mobile device users access mobile websites and apps for specific tasks.  The distinction between the Mobile Websites and Apps dictates their usage and application.  Yet, the user uses these two terms interchangeably.  So, what is a Mobile Website and how does it differ from an App? We will define of each of these two terms and then assess their advantages and disadvantages A mobile website is similar to any other website accessed over the Internet.  The mobile website is distinguished from a standard website is by its device responsive design, so that it can fit within the small screen and touch-screen interface.  A great advantage of a mobile website is that it can work on any platform and can be readily updated as necessary.  A major disadvantage is a couple of steps that are required to bookmark the mobile website by the user. Apps are software applications that […]
February 10, 2014

Choosing a Strong Password

The security of your password-protected system is largely dependent upon the ‘strength’ of your password.  If the password you have selected is weak, then, easier it is for a hacker to ‘decode’ your password using sophisticated and brute force programs that that are VERY good at guessing common passwords.  Choosing a good password is difficult. The chosen password needs to be easy for a user to remember, but hard for anyone else to guess.  If it is difficult for the user to remember, it will end up on a PostIt or some readily accessible.  If it is easy to guess, then many methods will work to compromise the account. Below, we have listed five useful tips for you to consider in generating a strong password that can significantly increase the safety and security of your password-accessible-site. Make your password at least six character long, with a mix of lower-and upper-case […]