ContentKeeper Partners with Gaggle to Create a Stronger Digital Safety Net

Gaggle Partners with ContentKeeper to Create a Solution That Provides K-12 Districts with a Stronger Digital Student Safety Net

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (August 6, 2019) – Gaggle, the leader in helping K-12 districts manage student safety on school-provided technology, has partnered with ContentKeeper Technologies to create a new, integrated digital safety solution. Called Gaggle Safety for ContentKeeper, the solution empowers districts to provide a stronger digital safety net to protect students on and off campus.

Gaggle Safety for ContentKeeper integrates ContentKeeper’s Web Filtering and Security Platform for schools with the Gaggle student safety solution, which uses a robust combination of both artificial intelligence and trained safety expertsWhen ContentKeeper flags a student Internet search for words that may signal potentially dangerous or harmful behavior, an alert will be sent to the Gaggle Safety Team who will review it and determine if it should be forwarded to the school or district. If the team classifies it as a questionable content search, the alert will be emailed to the school or district. If the alert shows an imminent threat to the student’s life or well-being, the Gaggle Safety Team will immediately notify the school’s or district’s specified contact by phone.

Gaggle’s integration with ContentKeeper eliminates the pressure and workload on IT administrators and staff so they no longer need to deal with false alerts, review items at night and weekends, or worry about missing potential issues with life threatening consequences.

 “Combining Gaggle’s team of trained safety experts and ContentKeeper‘s web filter makes an IT administrator’s life easier and provides vastly improved student safety,” said Gaggle CEO Jeff Patterson. “The Gaggle Safety Team is trained to look for signs of self-harm, depression, thoughts of suicide, cyberbullying, and credible threats of violence. Working with ContentKeeper, we can help even more schools avoid tragedies and save student lives.”

“We look forward to working with Gaggle to provide innovative technologies and processes to ensure digital student safety,” said ContentKeeper CEO David Wigley. “The ability to monitor all types of web content and reduce the burden on IT administrators provide the next level of online threat protection schools have been looking for.”

Gaggle Safety for ContentKeeper will be available as an add-on to the Gaggle student safety solution.

About Gaggle|

Since 1999, Gaggle has been the leader in helping K-12 districts manage student safety on school-provided technology. Using a robust combination of both artificial intelligence and trained safety experts, the safety solution proactively assists districts 24/7/365 in the prevention of student suicide, bullying, inappropriate behaviors, school violence, and other harmful situations. Most importantly, Gaggle continues to help hundreds of districts avoid tragedies and save lives, while also protecting their liability. In the 2018-19 academic year, Gaggle has helped districts save the lives of more than 700 students who were planning or actually attempting suicide. For more information, visit and follow Gaggle on Twitter at @Gaggle_K12.

About ContentKeeper

ContentKeeper helps secure enterprises, educational institutions and government agencies worldwide. Our Multi-layered Web Security Platform delivers a powerful combination of innovative security technologies, enabling organizations to protect their networks and users from cyber threats as they continually shift to new technologies and platforms. At ContentKeeper, our mission is to innovate the world’s best high-speed web security solutions. For more information, visit

ContentKeeper Secure Internet Gateway Customers Protected Against Bad Rabbit Ransomware

ContentKeeper Secure Internet Gateway Customers Protected Against Bad Rabbit Ransomware
October 26, 2017 | David Wigley

Winter is Coming – A new ransomware variant is currently spreading across Europe. The Bad Rabbit ransomware has infected many public infrastructure sites including the Kiev Metro in Ukraine as well as hundreds of other organizations. Interestingly, it contains several pop-culture references in its code, including some to the dragons, Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion of Game of Thrones.

ContentKeeper customers with a Secure Internet Gateway1 deployment were not at risk from this ransomware.

The Bad Rabbit Ransomware has been shown to initiate an attack via a drive-by-download from a compromised website. When the malicious Javascript is parsed, the user can be tricked into clicking a link masquerading as a legitimate update to Adobe’s Flash player. When the user clicks on the Install button, a download of the Bad Rabbit Ransomware is initiated and if the user executes the downloaded file, named “flash_player_update.exe”, the user’s computer becomes infected.

Once the executable is run it begins to encrypt the victim’s files and steals passwords, eventually displaying what is becoming an all too familiar demand for a ransom payment in bitcoin to decrypt the files. The virus is able to propagate itself via a range of methods including SMB and WMIC by searching for open network shares and guessing at passwords with a pre-built list. There are also now reports that the leaked NSA exploit EternalRomance was leveraged to enhance propagation.

ContentKeeper’s Secure Internet Gateway includes multiple layers of defense to protect against known and unknown threats, ransomwaremalwaretrojans and other viruses. Having multiple layers of defense technology is the best way to defend your network from the next attack. A modest investment in security upfront can prevent a catastrophic loss of data in the future.

1. Appropriately configured with the necessary security modules enabled

For more than 20 years, ContentKeeper has delivered comprehensive, accessible web security solutions for global enterprises, educational institutions and government agencies. We enable our customers to protect their networks, users and data from cyber threats while embracing mobile technology, Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud-based services.

About the author: David Wigley Co-Founded ContentKeeper Technologies in 1997 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. David has many years of experience in software engineering, sales and management within the Computer Security Industry.

TeleMate.Net Software Announces New Digital Citizenship Feature Set for NetSpective WebFilter Version 5.4

TeleMate.Net Software feels it is important to address customer recommendations and market trends promptly. NetSpective Version 5.4 introduces our first collaborated feature with Grom Social Enterprises providing socially responsible web media content to children in the K-12 market. Version 5.4 includes Grom Digital Citizenship License and the new category of Self-Harm and Suicide.

If you are still running version 4.x and wish to upgrade to version 5.4 please review the following details: Version 5.4 is available to customers upon request to TeleMate Technical Support, Registration Services, or your NetSpective Sales Representative. The primary reason for the change in process for deploying version 5.4 as compared to prior versions is due to a new user interface, improved handling of Google Services, and enhanced remote agents.

Due to version 5.0 introducing a new interface and adding features that require additional performance. Older appliances designated as Models 6D and 6Q that were purchased more than 6 years ago do not meet the performance requirements. If you have an older model or are not sure please contact Technical Support or your Sales Representative for assistance.

Appliances designated as Model 12D, 12Q, and 12H are compatible with version 5.0 performance requirements, yet as stated in prior notifications are not capable of leveraging all of Version 5.0 Inline or Proxy SSL Inspection capabilities. Models 15R, 15HI and 16HI support all Version 5.0 features, as well as planned road mapped features for the next three years. If clarification is needed please contact TeleMate’s Technical Support or your Sales Representative for assistance. We are here to help.

To address the transition, TeleMate.Net Software is providing several methods for educating administrators and system managers on the new interface. First, easy to follow videos have been created and are available for viewing by navigating to NetSpective Training Videos. Secondly, a private or group based WebEx session can be scheduled to walk through the new user interface and features. Select Schedule a NetSpective Webinar to choose a date and time that works best for your schedule.

TeleMate.Net Software Announces NetSpective Version 5.2.18 to address Google Chrome changes

TeleMate.Net Software is providing a release update to all NetSpective WebFilter systems version 5.0 and greater to address changes in Google’s Chrome Web Browser. This update, Version 5.2.18 is ready to be applied to your systems now by accessing the NetSpective Update screen. From the Update screen, select the “Get Updates” button, and then press the “Install Update” button. NetSpective will need to reboot to complete the install process.

Over the past few weeks, Google has updated the Chrome Web Browser to use a new revision of the QUIC network protocol. This change effects NetSpective WebFilter’s ability to render policy reminders, safe search enforcement, and other Google-specific features in both the Inline deployments and all Remote Agents. We recommend that you apply this update.

If your NetSpective WebFilter is in a Passive deployment, the QUIC protocol should be blocked at the network firewall by denying UDP on port 80 and 443. We recommend you contact your firewall vendor for assistance.

NetSpective Remote Agent for macOS officially supports version 10.12 Sierra.

NetSpective Remote Agent for Windows was digitally signed with an SHA-2 certificate required for Windows 10. If you are using Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008, you will be required to have the latest Windows Updates or at least have the updates mentioned in KB3033929

If further explanation is required, contact TeleMate.Net Software Technical Support at +1(678) 589-7120 or, or visit their website at