With a laptop or smartphone you can easily connect to Public WiFi networks, or "hotspots," at bookstores, coffee shops, airports, and more. Unfortunately these networks, while convenient, are often unecrypted and allow your personal information to be easily viewed by others.
What we're doing to help protect you:
- Wentworth offers encrypted networks, "WIT-SECURE & LeopardSecure," which is restricted to faculty, staff, and students.
- A warning page when connecting to the "WIT-GUEST & LeopardGuest" network reminds users that their data is not protected.
- Students are prohibited from using their own wireless access points in the residence halls which create "rogue" networks and allow data to be intercepted.
- Network Operations reviews security threats and system logs to identify issues and warn community members if necessary.
How can I protect myself?
- Don't send sensitive information over public networks. Check your bank account using your smartphone's 3G/4G connection which has stronger security.
- Use a firewall. Purchase a firewall application or use one built into your operating system.
- Turn off your wireless connection when you aren't using it. Use the hardware switch or on-screen controls to disable the wireless card when you don't need it.
- Turn off file and printer sharing on your laptop. Often the default settings allow anyone on the same network to view documents, pictures, and more on your computer!