Rob K

July 26, 2017
by Rob K
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Institutions are Being Targeted by Hackers!

Institutions are Being Targeted by Hackers!

There’s been a concerning trend over the last few years in the higher education field. No, not the sky-high tuition aimed to keep you in debt.  Today we’re talking about cyber security breaches aimed at institutions, students and faculty.

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Rob K

July 20, 2017
by Rob K
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It’s Just Software, Why is it so Expensive?

This question is hilarious to someone like me who spent 30 plus hours a week working on a merciless course offered at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) called “Data Structures”. A course that has no regard for your happiness, sleep schedule, the other 3 courses you’re enrolled in (which by the way also each eat up at least 10/15 hours of your time each week respectively), or anything apart from learning the fundamentals of C++ coding.

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Christopher Perry

July 19, 2017
by Christopher Perry
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Benefits of Announcements on the Login Portal for Education

Let’s be honest: the benefits of announcements are nothing new in the world of education.  Many applications and service providers have the option to implement announcements. However, these features often do not integrate well with the login process. On top of that, announcements are often lost among everything else that end-users are presented with. This leaves organizations with an interesting problem: communicating information to end-users without overwhelming them to the point of informational exhaustion.

So here we are: the end of the school year has come and gone. It is now time to begin looking at innovative solutions for the fast-approaching future. A high priority for many educational institutions is finding and implementing a secure web portal with a full feature set. With any luck, this portal will benefit both end-users and administrators alike. Best of all: the summer session provides ample opportunity for verbose testing without much interruption of daily services. What many institutions may not know, however, is how a fully-featured web portal solution can also address the problem of communication. How? Through a more streamlined implementation of announcements. Continue Reading →

Gregg Browinski

June 21, 2017
by Gregg Browinski
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You Asked We Delivered…v5.6.2.0

PistolStar is committed to keeping PortalGuard up to the standards of the industry and the people who use it. Back in March, we asked our loyal customers what they would like to see upgraded or added to PortalGuard. Straight from our customers feedback we made the following changes. Take a look!

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Rob K

June 15, 2017
by Rob K
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Top 10 PortalGuard Education Portals

 

As a former student, PortalGuard is an intriguing product. During my stay at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), there were a few different logins I needed to know for day to day life as a student. One would be for accessing my student account, where class schedules, grades, financial aid, and other necessary information is kept. Another account was needed to access blackboard which held all of the information needed for classes. Students who used Rensselaer’s RoundCube based email system needed that account as well. Personally, I forwarded my emails to my Gmail account. Oh, and by the way, our student account page wouldn’t even work on Google Chrome! At a world leading engineering school!

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Ryan McDermott

June 13, 2017
by Ryan McDermott
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Why should you be using PortalGuard for Education

PortalGuard for Education      

Did you know that PortalGuard for Education,  an all in one authentication package, is the leading solution for the K-12 and Higher Education institutions?

Since PortalGuard for Education came into existence, we have worked with increasingly numerous educational institutions throughout the country seeking solutions for SSO, 2FA, SSPR and Contextual Authentication. Currently, these such institutions make up the majority of all PortalGuard customers. There is a good reason why this has come to be true.

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Gregg Browinski

June 5, 2017
by Gregg Browinski
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Why is it important to conform to the WCAG 2.0 Guidelines?

WCAG Version 2.0. Level AA

Navigating in the Dark

You’ve been working hard today. Time to take a break, open a new browser tab on your workstation and visit your favorite website. Maybe it’s Facebook or ESPN or a news site. Just after entering the web address, close your eyes and keep them closed. How successful would you be navigating the site? Out of habit, your hand is probably on your mouse or trackpad. Well, that’s not going to help you one bit if you can’t see the mouse cursor or the content. The difficulty you feel is a standard occurrence for people who are visually impaired.

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