Uncontrolled peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing can present schools with legal and security issues when students illegally share copyrighted materials or download viruses or worms disguised as legitimate files. But PacketPup Pro, a new product from Palisade Systems, can help school leaders easily and affordably monitor and eliminate P2P applications, including file sharing, instant messaging, and spyware.

PacketPup Pro is an entry-level solution based on the core functionality of Palisade Systems’ PacketHound appliance, which won the eSchool News Readers’ Choice Awards poll as “Best Bandwidth Allocation and Management Tool” earlier this year. Using PacketPup Pro’s real-time graphs, administrators can track protocols or categories of protocols on their school system’s network and can eliminate undesirable network traffic with a single mouse click, Palisade says.

Education pricing for PacketPup Pro begins at $429, and free two-week trials are available from the company’s web site.

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