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NetSupport Expands IT Asset Management to iOS, Chrome

NetSupport Expands IT Asset Management to iOS, Chrome

NetSupport has updated its IT asset management solution to work with a wider array of operating systems, to better manage users and more.

The latest iteration, NetSupport DNA: Version 4.5 — Education Edition, adds support for iOS and Chrome in addition to macOS.  "From real-time monitoring to internet metering and internet safety tools including keyword alerting , technicians can now gain a complete overview of all activity — regardless of platform — and gather data on how their technology is being used which will aid informed decision making in the future," according to a news release.

The new version also offers time-based summaries of specific users, PCs or departments, showing what time a session was logged on and off, what applications were used and when and internet usage, all over a specified time.

Other new features include:

  • The ability to use profiles to assign settings to groups of devices or users, allowing, for example, students in some grades but not others to access social media;
  • Use bookmarks to navigate between different views;
  • Deny access after multiple incorrect logins;
  • The ability to check real-time performance data, such as CPU or memory usage;
  • A "locate a user" tool that allows staff to find and contact other users;
  • When key words are triggered, images of the user and the screen are captured and a log of the incident is made to allow for follow up; and
  • Teachers can "add a concern" if a student is having an issue.

"With this update to the Education Edition of DNA, we're giving schools the ability to monitor and support users across a multi-platform environment, which is a huge benefit for those operating a range of technologies on site; allowing them to see all activity and apply profiles to groups and departments to boost efficiency even further," said Al Kingsley, managing director of NetSupport, in a prepared statement.

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at jbolkan@gmail.com.

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