Data Privacy Day: Wi-Fi Networks

data privacy day logoThis year one of the focus points of Data Privacy Day is ‘Safeguarding Data.’ To help you safeguard your data, we encourage you to use the SamNet Wi-Fi network and other secure Wi-Fi networks rather than SamNet Guest and unsecured Wi-Fi networks.

When using unsecured Wi-Fi networks, you run the risk of having your data intercepted by malicious people that are able to place themselves between you and the hotspot. These bad actors can easily see emails, passwords, and instant messages. (Read an eavesdropper’s account of what he was able to see and do in a June 2013 article in PCWorld.)

In addition, using a secure protocol (such as HTTPS when browsing the web) helps to reduce your risk. However, this does not protect you fully on unsecured networks. Use of sophisticated hacking tools on unsecure Wi-Fi networks can attack some of these protocols and intercept personal data.

Bottom line: It is always best to use a secure Wi-Fi network if one is available to you.

Network Maintenance – 1/12/2018

Critical maintenance is scheduled for the campus network beginning Friday, January 12, at 11:30 pm and concluding at 3:00 am on Saturday, January 13.  During this maintenance, a complete network and Internet outage to campus resources will occur from 11:30 pm until midnight. Intermittent outages could occur for the remaining maintenance window. Please be mindful of this change and plan your work around this maintenance window.

Network Connectivity Issues Update

In an effort to resolve network connectivity issues, we plan to reboot our firewall tonight at midnight. During this time, you can expect about a half hour outage.

Should this plan change, we will let you know. In the meantime, we apologize for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your patience as we work to resolve the issue.

If you have any questions regarding the issue, please contact the Service Desk.