Security question

mlapl1
mlapl1 Community Member Posts: 349
Hello

We all write lessons, compile them and upload them. If we upload them to an LMS, then the LMS deals with security issues and protects them from "prying eyes".These files are html and other files as well as folders containing media etc.

Now... If you do *not* use an LMS, how do members of the community protect these files and folders so that they do not get accessed or downloaded by an unauthorized person?

Thanks for your advice.

Andrew

 

 

Comments

  • mnotermans5114
    mnotermans5114 Community Member Posts: 916
    If i dont use a LMS, i dont protect it ;-)

    If i wanted to, i could add a password-check in front of the course.
  • jasonadal
    jasonadal Community Member Posts: 439 ♪ Opening Act ♪
    Just a few ideas:

    Set the course so it only opens in a separate window with no toolbars, address bar, etc. to emulate a typical LMS.

    Disable right-click with an action at the header level with an OnRightClick - Display message "Right click has been disabled for this course".

    Depending on your server and the needs of the course, you can set the directories, often at the FTP level that block downloading or save as.
  • mlapl1
    mlapl1 Community Member Posts: 349
    Thank you Math and Jason. Interesting comments from both of you. I will keep them in  mind. I had expected that perhaps you would try to use sessions or something like that to block access - like having a "Clayton's LMS": the LMS you have when you don't have an LMS :) .

    There are times when using a standard LMS is not always desirable/possible.
  • mnotermans5114
    mnotermans5114 Community Member Posts: 916
    In the end, you cannot protect it completely. Even when using a LMS it can be breached. So depending on your needs, you define whats needed for security. I completely depend on the LMS. If i use any other webbased delivery, i dont add extra security, cause i know its tough to get secure.
    In my Flash days i obsfucated files to protect against decompiling, but thats ancient history ;-)
  • jvalley4735
    jvalley4735 Community Member Posts: 1,357
    I personally like the idea of posting content to a company SharePoint when an LMS is not possible.  Assuming the company has the suite or product though. Because of SharePoint's permissions, you can moderate it like an LMS.
  • mlapl1
    mlapl1 Community Member Posts: 349
    It's true that you cannot secure anything absolutely, but it is probably better to have some form of security than not.

    And Jenny's idea is great except for one thing. It is a bit expensive for who we are and what we are trying to do. Sharepoint LMS has a ballpark of $14-$20 per student per year. That is not in our ballpark of costs but Sharepoint is something I had not thought of. Thank you!
  • jvalley4735
    jvalley4735 Community Member Posts: 1,357
    $14-$20 per student per year! Dang!
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