Aston University Wifi

Aston University

Aston University Wifi

Aston University has an extensive wireless network throughout campus which allows you to use your notebook or mobile to access the internet and many University services such as e-mail and Blackboard VLE.

Accessing the wireless network will depend on the coverage of the area that you are located.  There are many wireless hotspots around campus for you to choose from as well as wireless in residences.

Wi-Fi Hotspots – Best Practices

Connecting to public wireless (Wi-Fi) hotspots has become routine for many of us – you can find public wireless networks almost everywhere – in fast food chains, libraries, parks and urban hotspots, as well as in your home. They have liberated us from our desks and made it possible to work on the go – But do they guarantee your safety?

Beware: “public hotspots” have been called that for a reason. They are open networks and therefore vulnerable to security breaches. They cannot guarantee your safety. When you connect to an unsecured Wi-Fi network, anyone on the same network potentially has access to your computer and to all your internet activities. They can snoop around in your emails and see what you’ve been doing on the internet, without needing your password. This applies to all hotspots – even to those that require pay-per-hour or monthly subscription fees. These are almost always unencrypted, so all your emails, passwords, security codes and other information can be visible to hackers lurking on the same network.

So it’s up to you to keep your data safe from prying eyes. These 5 tips will help:

  • Use Encryption and https
    If you have to send personal information when you’re on public Wi-Fi, then only send it to websites which are fully encrypted. You’ll know which these are by looking at the beginning of the resource locator (URL): if it has https at the beginning, it’s encrypted (the “s” stands for “secure”).You should also protect your own files, or at least those which you’re intending to use on public Wi-Fi, by encrypting them, so they will need a password to open and modify them.