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WiFi: I’ll be there for U

September 13, 2016
Spotlight on Safe Computing

WiFi. It’s always there for you when you need it. When you must know who sings that song you just heard. When you better submit that last-minute assignment. When you need to quickly buy that birthday gift. WiFi is there for you, especially when you are on campus.

Did you know that the University’s WiFi network is about 10 times faster than the average home network? It is also one of the largest campus WiFi networks in the country. And it is secure.

Why is it important for my WiFi connection to be secure?

Using a secure WiFi connection, like eduroam, ensures your device is less susceptible to attack and your online activities are more protected. When you’re surfing on an unsecure or public WiFi connection, cyber criminals may try to gain access to your device and attempt to:

  • View or copy your banking, online shopping, or social media IDs and passwords,
  • Attempt to capture your credit card information,
  • Spread a virus,
  • Monitor your internet activity,
  • Intercept your file transfers,
  • Hack your email, or
  • Copy your keystrokes, including your usernames and passwords.

That sounds scary! How can I be secure when using WiFi?

When you’re on campus, always connect to eduroam, which is also the fastest network option. eduroam WiFi is available to all students, staff, and faculty across campus. There are more than 7,000 WiFi access points to ensure that your signal is strong and secure no matter where you are. The U of M also has additional WiFi networks for guests, conference attendees, and more.

To connect to eduroam when you are on campus, simply select "eduroam" from the WiFi network options and enter your full University email address and password, and you’re all set to browse confidently and more securely.

What can I do when I’m not on campus?

Whether you’re at home or away, there are several things you can do to browse securely:

  • Choose carefully which WiFi network to connect to. If the coffee shop you’re at has a secure connection, ask for the password,
  • Configure your personal devices to ask permission before connecting to WiFi networks,
  • Use VPN when using networks not protected by a password,
  • Be aware of any associated terms and conditions when logging onto a public or free network,
  • Consider waiting to access your private data, such as financial or medical information, until you have a secure connection,
  • Beware of associated fees when logging into a network, such as at the airport or at a hotel, and
  • Make sure your home WiFi network is private and set a strong password to protect your connection.

Just remember...

No matter where you are, choose the right network. When you’re on campus, eduroam is always there for you, so go ahead and buy that birthday gift!

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Take control of your WiFi experience!

Did you know that many WiFi connectivity problems are the result of settings or other issues on individual users' computers and mobile devices? The good news is many of these can be easily be fixed. Learn how to take control of your WiFi experience.

Check the status

WiFi down? Check the status of the University of Minnesota WiFi network and possible outages at status.it.umn.edu.

Help us make UMN WiFi even better

IT@UMN continually looks for opportunities to enhance and fine-tune the U's WiFi network. As the most frequent users of the network, students, faculty and staff have an important role to play. Find out how you can help!