Thank you to everyone for their feedback on last month’s article. Following up from that, this month we explain how you can protect yourself online by telling you what we would do at Frampol.
The factors we consider when formulating an internet protection solution include:
1. Type of internet connection e.g. ADSL or 3G
2. Device e.g. desktop computer, tablet or mobile phone
3. The type and number of users being protected e.g. one child or ten workers
The technology available for internet protection and control falls into two categories – software (programs) for protecting individual devices, and hardware (devices) to protect whole networks. What you choose will depend on the type and number of users you want to protect.
Software installed on mobile phones and computers provide protection and control, regardless of how or where the user connects to the internet. Programs offering protection are as varied as the range of devices being used. If you wish to protect less than ten devices the software solutions can be more cost effective.
Installation of a hardware device on the home or office network will provide internet protection for all devices on the network. These solutions tend to be better value for money where more than ten devices are requiring internet protection and control.
Coming back to the above mentioned factors:
1. Type of internet connection
a) To protect users connecting via one of the Mobile Network Operators (MNO’s) directly to the mobile device or computer, you should install software on the mobile phone or computer in order to protect that device or computer.
b) Internet connections via most providers require a device installed on the network or software installed on each device.
c) Frampol does however provide connectivity that is automatically family friendly.
It is important to note that none of Zimbabwe’s MNO’s currently filter out any harmful content. So users of internet via mobile data services/3G have unrestricted access to the worst the internet has to offer. There are, fortunately, solutions for parents which provide reports of what is being viewed on their child’s mobile phones from the parents’ own computers without having to check the actual device itself.
a) Internet protection and control solutions are device type specific. A simple Google search will give you some idea, but feel free to come and have a chat and we will assist you further in determining the best options for your particular situation.
b) Where a multitude of device types exist, you have two options. You could use something like our Family Safe Internet Service or install an internet protection device on your home or office network.
3. Who is requiring protection?
a) Home based protection for children is best done using technology as well as open honest awareness education about the dangers of the internet. Nothing beats good old education from a loving parent!
b) Home based protection can be enhanced by on-device protection and reporting so parents can keep an eye on browsing habits.
c) Office based internet monitoring moves from the realm of protection to control.
Corporate Internet control is best achieved with the installation of a device on the network which provides company-wide internet control.
In closing, if you have concerns or questions or just want advice, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and our sales team will happily avail themselves to help formulate a lasting solution to your internet protection or control needs.