Imagine yourself sitting down in the not-so-quiet library of
What the heck is Barracuda?! Why is a fish preventing me from my research? Kim Jong Un, is that you in our security system?
The only thing more annoying than that tired pooch “Bess the Security Dog,” is Barracuda, the new internet lockdown system.
Mason students know exactly what I’m talking about. We’ve all tried different ways of going through the barricades the school puts up to prevent us from getting on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. and some of us are able to succeed, however, much to our dismay, the one block students cannot get around, is Barracuda. (If you know how to get through this, please share your knowledge!)
Barracuda seems to only show up when it’s most inconvenient. Some days, like today, when trying to access Facebook during school hours it’s not blocked; however, sometimes when it’s needed (for school purposes, of course) Barracuda annoyingly appears and ruins the efforts to complete class work.
It’s not only Facebook that students are trying to get to on the school computers. Some research websites that pertain to the topic for papers are also blocked.
We understand the intent and harmlessness of the system, but it seems unnecessary to completely prevent us from social networking and accessing certain educational outlets.
A firewall is necessary for a school, but it’s unnecessary that the same security system can hinder students from completing course work or doing research.
I speak for all Mason students when I say “Mysterious man behind the computer security system of
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