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Wireless Security

Wireless Access at Texas State

Texas State users with wireless access can connect to the Internet from almost anywhere on the entire main campus and RRHEC, both indoors and outdoors, through the Texas State wireless.


The Texas State wireless network provides two connection options:

  • TexasStateUniversity (Unencrypted connection - Open network)
  • TexasStateWPA (Encrypted connection – requires Texas State NetID and password)

The Information Security Office urges Texas State users to connect via the encrypted TexasStateWPA for all wireless access to ensure maximum protection for their wireless transmissions. University policy specifies the use of encryption for all wireless transmission of sensitive or confidential university information to prevent disclosure of that information to unauthorized parties. Just remember: GOING WIRELESS? GO ENCRYPTED! GO TexasStateWPA.

Instructions for connecting to the Texas State wireless network are available on the Technology Resources Web site: http://www.tr.txstate.edu/services/wireless.html


Wireless Security

Home:

  • Change the router’s default administrative password (the exact steps differ by router model)
  • Use the strongest available encryption (WPA/WPA2)
  • Use anti-virus, anti-spyware, and a firewall
  • Enable MAC Address filtering on your router (the exact steps will differ by router model)

Public Hotspots:

  • Make sure the safety features of your laptop are turned on
  • Check that the firewall of your system is running and the file sharing service is disabled
  • Never transmit confidential or sensitive data through a public Wi-Fi network (such as a café, bookstore,
       etc.)
  • Never use a public hotspot or kiosk computer to remotely access your work computer
  • Turn off your wireless network when you are not using it

Hotel:

  • Check with the hotel regarding the availability of a secure connection
  • Avoid transmitting or accessing sensitive or confidential information over an unsecured connection

Airport:

  • Free Wi-Fi connections available at airports are generally not secure
  • Do not use access or transmit sensitive or confidential information if a secure connection is not available at the
       airport
  • Avoid accessing and transmitting sensitive or confidential information in a public area where it can be viewed
       by others around you (shoulder surfing)

 


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