Ask anyone in education and they’ll tell you: Back to School isn’t just a day, it’s an accomplishment! Administrators and teachers across America spend months fretting details for the big moment – when students come flooding back into the hallways. At Clever, we feel the energy of Back to School too. Teachers need accounts, students need logins – we know having everything ready to go is a big part of any successful first day.
Complex Topics Explained Simply: Hashing
Why is it that websites require you to *reset* your password instead of just reminding you what it is? After all, they check your password when you enter it, can’t they just look it up? It turns out they can’t actually – websites don’t know your password and instead use a technique called “hashing” to check if what you log in with matches what you set when you created your account.
Setting the Bar Even Higher
At Clever, we have a clear commitment to student data privacy with three straightforward policies:
1. We only collect personal information schools choose to share with us
2. We only share data when schools instruct us to
3. Schools always own their data
Welcome to Clever, Ben!
We’re so excited to announce Ben Adida has joined Clever as our VP of Engineering! Before Clever, Ben worked at Mozilla and most recently Square. Ben’s passion to use technology to make the world a better place is a perfect fit with our mission. Read more about Ben on his blog and on TechCrunch. Welcome to Clever, Ben!
Open Sourcing Our Policies
Clever and “Shellshock”
Recently, a critical security issue was discovered and disclosed to the larger community. This issue, nicknamed Shellshock, could have allowed an attacker to take control of certain systems using specially crafted HTTP requests. The vulnerability came from a flaw in Bash, a tool used by the majority of Internet web servers, including some of Clever’s machines.
Updates to the Developer Experience
Clever aims to deliver an amazing developer experience for our partners building off the Clever API. In the last few months we have rolled out our single sign-on solution, Instant Login; we have also focused on making it an incredibly simple experience for developers. There are few recent or upcoming changes that we want to share.
Forget Passwords: Introducing Instant Login
In a previous blog post, we explored the pain of passwords in the classroom (just imagine getting a room full of second graders logged in to a website). Teachers lose countless hours to login problems, with 25% of online learning time lost. Today we’re excited to share a new solution to the password problem: Instant Login.
The Serverless School
Three years ago, I sat in a cramped data closet, sweating profusely and cursing at my servers. The combination of a heat wave and a power outage had turned one of my server closets into a sauna, frying the server hard drives inside. As the machines began restoring from backups and my teachers scrambled to remove technology from their lesson plans, I began to dream of a serverless school.