Safe & Secure Internet 

To help protect ākonga while learning online, schools and kura across Aotearoa are able to access Safe and Secure Internet as part of their fully funded Managed Network connection. When using N4L’s Safe & Secure Internet, a school’s defence against online threats is strengthened and their ability to prevent access to inappropriate content improves.


800,000+ Users
on the Managed Network


2,400+ NZ schools


Blocked >550 million
cyber security threats*

* From May 2019 – May 2020

Safe & Secure Internet – what’s included?

Internet connection

We deliver a fast and reliable connection - and make sure that each school can access all the internet they need for online.


It acts as a wall between the internet and the school’s network, allowing the good stuff through, and keeping the bad stuff out. The firewall prevents online threats and malicious activity from reaching school systems and devices.

Web Filtering

Helps protect ākonga online by restricting access to inappropriate content. Filtering can be customised by schools depending on their individual needs.

DDoS Protection

Helps to defend the school network when someone deliberately bombards their internet connection causing it to crash (DDoS - Distributed Denial of Service). This is automatically included as part of every school’s connection.

DNS Threat Protection

An additional safety net on top of our Web Filtering and Firewall that automatically enables SafeSearch. Helps to further block unwanted content and minimise the impact of online threats (such as malware, ransomware, phishing scams and VPNs) to a school’s internet connection.

SafeSearch*: This added benefit filters out adult content in search results from Google, Yahoo! and Bing.

*Requires DNS Threat Protection to be in use.

We’ve optimised these services specifically for schools here in Aotearoa, so they’re getting the best tech available to help protect their ākonga online. We make sure they continue to protect against evolving online threats – meaning it’s one less thing for schools to worry about.

N4L’s recommended settings

Schools need to have our recommended settings applied to enable N4L’s Safe & Secure Internet. This provides a baseline level of protection – meaning their online learning environment, and the ākonga using it, are protected by N4L from the worst of the web. Our recommended settings are supported by our friends at Netsafe and CERT NZ, and include:

To find out more information about our default categories, click here.

Schools can still have a safe and secure online learning environment by having appropriate settings applied via third party providers.

It’s important to remember that there’s no way to guarantee 100% protection from online threats or inappropriate content. There are additional measures schools can take to help keep their online learning environments safe and secure, such as promoting digital citizenship and making sure that systems and software are up to date. CERT NZ has helpful information about keeping your school network secure and Netsafe has some resources on online safety, which we highly recommend checking out!

Want to supercharge your protection?

To protect ākonga online even further, schools and kura can choose these additional add-ons to their N4L internet connection.

+ Enhanced filtering and reports

Schools can get greater visibility, security and management of students on their network by using HTTPS Inspection and Identity Awareness. When used together, these options significantly improve the school’s ability to protect their ākonga while learning online.  

With HTTPS Inspection:

  • Allows encrypted traffic to be inspected before it reaches the school’s network – greatly improving the ability to block malware and viruses.
  • Web filtering can go beyond blocking a domain (e.g. and filter down to the URL level (e.g. It can also be used to control websites at a granular level, like allowing YouTube but blocking uploads or commenting.
  • Online usage reports can detail specific URLs, helping staff to get a better understanding of which websites students visit to assist with pastoral care.

With Identity Awareness:

  • Schools can tailor web filtering for specific groups (such as year groups or classes), or down to an individual student.
  • Can be used to see who at the school has an infected device. 
  • Reports with usernames can help to identify at risk students or positive online behaviour.

+ Secure Remote Access

A fully funded service providing kaiako a secure way of accessing the school’s onsite network, supporting them to be able to work securely from anywhere, anytime.

+ Mail Relay

Supporting schools and kura to keep in touch with their whānau community by enabling them to send bulk emails.

Got questions? Get answers

You may have a few questions, so check out our FAQs or if you’d rather speak with someone about the Managed Network, call us on 0800 LEARNING or head to over to Support Hub.