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  • Blog Post: Where to get a Windows 7 DVD – all gone now!

    Sorry, they have now all gone. I’ve laid my hands on some ‘Windows 7 Release Candidate’ DVDs. So if you’re interested in spending a little more time understanding what Windows 7 does, and have a spare computer hanging around, then email me and I’ll pop one in the post to you . Four interesting things...
  • Blog Post: How will Windows 7 help schools – Part Two – Stop people doing silly stuff

    Today’s “half-term training session” is the one that will hopefully give the The Angry Technician a reason to smile! We both know that although our users are very sensible people, sometimes they do incredibly dumb things with their computers. It can be caused by ignorance, or it can be because they...
  • Blog Post: Excellent BitLocker deployment advice

    As you may know, I enabled Windows Vista’s BitLocker encryption on my laptop a couple of weeks ago, and since that time I have been reassured to know that should something happen to my laptop, all of the data on it is fully encrypted and secure. The whole process was very smooth – I simply enabled it...
  • Blog Post: BitLocker’d up

    To the famous Diana Ross tune I’m Coming Out * I’m BitLocker’d up, I want the world to know, Got to let it show, I’m BitLocker’d up, I want the world to know, Got to let it show… I don’t know why it took me so long to get started. My new laptop has a TPM chip in it, and even though...
  • Blog Post: Making sure you buy the right version of Windows

    With the news this week on Information Security guidelines for schools – and the obvious need for encryption on teachers’ laptops from now on, I think it would be timely to remind you how to ensure that you buy the right licences for Windows Vista – so that you get the licences for BitLocker, which is...
  • Blog Post: Information Security

    This page contains the latest article on Information Security from the blog. For all previous articles , please take a look here. 15th September 2008: The Becta Information Security advice page for schools has been updated, and now provides a more detailed document ( Keeping data safe, secure...
  • Blog Post: Information Security – a week on

    It wasn't a slow news week last week - which must have delighted those people who weren't looking forward to the reaction from publication of the reports on Wednesday into data losses at HMRC, MOD etc. It being a fast news week (is that what a non-slow news week is?) the reports didn't make it onto the...
  • Blog Post: Information Security - it's all go now...

    Yesterday I pointed out that the updated Becta advice appeared to ban schools from removing student data from the school, but that the advice wasn't very clear. Since yesterday, they have updated their advice to schools, and now give much clearer, and much stronger, guidance. Firstly, they have...
  • Blog Post: Data Security in schools – rules tightened

    I’ve written about data security a few times recently, prompted by the various incidents of data loss in other government departments. One of the web pages I’ve been watching is the Becta advice page on “Information Security Guidance for Schools”. And I’ve noticed that it was updated last week, and the...
  • Blog Post: Keeping your data safe and secure

    Two emails arrived at the same time last week, which reminded me to write about the issue of data security. The first email was Becta's ictadvicealert email ( sign up here ), which reminded readers about their information security guidance for schools- as they put it " What your school should be doing...
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