With web filtering, cyberbullying monitoring, and self-harm alerts, Securly provides districts the eyes and the ears they need to maintain safety at all times, across different schools, and different devices. Technology evolves rapidly, so schools need solutions that meet the dangers kids face today, right now.

Securly is a DNS based web filter that will allow a more granular control by grade level of the web content our students are accessing. It will apply to any device connected to our PPS networks either by hard wire or WiFi. The only changes staff and students should see are the following:

  • Users not using chromebooks may be asked to authenticate with their PPS Google Account periodically so the system can properly identify what permissions they have.
  • The block screen will be displayed as Securly and not Barracuda.
  • All devices connecting to PPS networks must either have the Securly certificate installed as described below, or they must connect to the PPS Guest network instead which is filtered at the elementary school level.

Details:

In February 2020 Portland Public Schools will begin utilizing Securly as our webfilter. This requires all devices to have the Securly SSL certificate installed on their machine. You can get the latest certificate for your machine at http://www.securly.com/ssl.

If you are using a cellphone or personal device and wish to use the Portland Schools WiFi please install the certificate on your device using the link above, or use the PPS Guest Network which requires no login and no certificate, but is filtered at a more restrictive level.

If you need assistance installing a certificate please locate/contact your school technician or enter a helpdesk ticket. List of School IT Techs. (You can also view the Manual Securly Installation directions)

If you need a website blocked or unblocked, per the usual steps, please enter a helpdesk ticket at https://helpdesk.portlandschools.org