Safe and Secure Internet
To provide a baseline level of protection for ākonga while learning online, we recommend all schools and kura use our Safe & Secure Internet. It’s made up of 5 services with recommended settings, which we monitor to help schools keep this level of protection in place. This means if something changes on your network that could put your school at risk we can let you know.
This 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 a huge amount of online threats and malicious activity from reaching school systems and devices.
Helps prevent staff and students from accessing inappropriate content. Filtering rules can be customised for your school to block entire categories of content (e.g. games), specific websites, particular apps and unwanted VPNs (Virtual Private Networks).
A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is when a network gets deliberately bombarded causing it to slow down or crash, preventing users from accessing resources on the network or the network itself. DDoS protection identifies and mitigates malicious DDoS activity before it impacts your school.
DNS Threat Protection
An extra layer of protection that helps block unwanted content and minimises the impact of online threats (such as ransomware and phishing scams) by preventing access to malicious websites.
SafeSearch filters out adult content in search results from Google, Yahoo! and Bing – it’s enabled by default when schools use our DNS Threat Protection.
These recommended settings are supported by our friends at Netsafe and CERT NZ, but you can decide the settings to apply to best suit the needs of your school.
For more information about the settings head over to our Support Hub article.
Helping you keep this level of protection
To help keep this baseline level of protection in place we monitor these recommended settings for schools and kura. If we discover that something changes on your network that could put your school or kura at risk, we’ll be able to let you know.
It’s important to understand
There’s no way to guarantee 100% protection from online threats or inappropriate content. Make sure your school is up to speed with ways to keep your online learning environments safe and secure, such as promoting digital citizenship and making sure appropriate security measures are in place.
“We rely on N4L to ensure that our internet is safe, secure and that the filtering is working so they can’t get to anything they shouldn’t get to.”
Other online safety & security resources
- CERT NZ has helpful information about keeping your school network secure
- Netsafe has resources on online safety
- To report harmful online content visit Te Tari Taiwhenua Department of Internal Affairs Digital Safety Group here.
Our flyer can also help you figure out who to get in touch with, and when.