Melville, New York—October 27, 2010 - BASCOM Global Internet Services, Inc., an industry-leader in developing instructional technology security and curriculum tools, today announces the release of Anywhere Filter™ to the Pre K-12 educational community. Anywhere Filter by BASCOM is a cross-platform, CIPA-compliant mobile filtering solution that protects users from accessing inappropriate content while using their mobile devices from any available Internet connection. Anywhere Filter is being demonstrated for the first time today at the 2010 Long Island Technology Summit.
New Technology Brings New Challenges:
Before mobile technology can safely and securely be used in education, three key problems must be solved—filtering a mobile device when unfiltered WiFi access is free in many places (including many schools), minimizing access to malicious sites when a mobile computing device is used off-network, and filtering at-home student use to prevent access to inappropriate content.
"Since the theme of today's Summit is Collaboration and Communication, it is the ideal forum to announce an instructional Internet filtering solution specifically for mobile devices," states Peter Cirasole, BASCOM's President/CEO. "Anywhere Filter solves the many security and compliance challenges facing the use of mobile technology in support of education and breaks down the barriers to increased use for both students and staff."
The Anywhere Filter Addresses the Three Key Problems:
- Anywhere Filter is always active—Mobile filtering is automatically enabled whenever the device is trying to access a free WiFi connection, be it in school or in a local coffee shop.
- Anywhere Filter provides the first line of defense—Installing Anywhere Filter on staff laptops that are used outside of a school's network protects against accessing malicious sites—minimizing the chance of an infected laptop compromising an entire school network when it reconnects.
- Anywhere Filter protects students at home— Anywhere Filter can enforce the school's Internet policy anywhere, even at home so students can stay focused, safe and productive.
Many Devices, One Solution:
Simple to deploy, managed remotely, and easy to maintain, Anywhere Filter works with BASCOM's proven educational filtering solutions to deliver anytime, anywhere, any connection mobile filtering and security for schools. Designed to support Apple iPad™, iPhone®, and iPod touch®, Mac OS X (10.4.2 or later) and Windows 32- & 64-bit XP/Vista/7, Anywhere Filter delivers CIPA-compliant, Internet filtering and mobile security for school-owned mobile devices.
"Technology Directors often complain that their school's existing filter doesn't support mobile devices, so their students can't use iPads, and changing their filter is not an option," states Robert DeRosa, BASCOM's Chief Technology Officer. "BASCOM's Anywhere Filter easily solves this dilemma for everyone with a low-cost, plug-and-go deployment that complements any existing filter."
To support the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, BASCOM developed the Anywhere Filter App. Immediately available for use with a compatible BASCOM filtering solution, it can be downloaded free-of-charge from the App Store.
BASCOM Global Internet Services, Inc. is a software development company specializing in curriculum-based, Internet management solutions for K-12 schools. From our beginning in 1996, BASCOM has focused on producing, next-generation, curriculum tools for the K-12 education market.
BASCOM's goal is to help children become successful learners by safely extracting the educational content of the Web. This is accomplished by building Internet teaching tools based on input we've received from K-12 educators. We are constantly adapting our products to meet the changing needs of today's teachers.
To learn more about Anywhere Filter by BASCOM, please visit anywherefilter.com, or for more information about BASCOM's school Internet filters and web lesson creator, visit www.bascom.com