Protecting Yourself on the Wireless Public Network
Properly used, the login options for the Public Network can help you protect your personal information, your external bandwidth allocation and your good standing as a network user.
Security on 'utexas'
On the 'utexas' wireless network, the connection between your computer and the wireless access point (WAP) radio is encrypted. This means that anyone casually scanning wireless traffic cannot see the information you are sending back and forth on the wireless portion of your Internet session.Once your information reaches the WAP and is on the wired network, it is no longer encrypted. Although this provides you with a greater level of security, you should still exercise caution:
- Ensure that you follow setup instructions carefully, including downloading the from BevoWare if you are running Windows XP. This is an important protection against fake access points, which can be used to steal your information.
- Do not use instant messaging to send sensitive information like passwords, bank accounts, or other private data.
- Use application-level security, such as SSL-protected pages in Web browsers.
- The campus VPN can protect your connection to on-campus resources, even on the wired network.
If you share your laptop with your friends or co-workers and you are connected using your UT EID, be aware that any activities and external bandwidth use will apply to your EID.