Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wile E. Wireless

Wile E CoyoteThe State Press recently released the article "Official: ASU wireless network open to hackers" in its October 9, 2009 edition. The article makes some good points on the importance of knowing how to protect yourself and your personal information online but may lead readers to believe that ASU's wireless network isn't safe to use. I'd like to re-assure the ASU community that every precaution is taken to ensure the safety of users on ASU's wireless network.

ASU's wireless network allows students, faculty and staff to connect to the Internet, My ASU, Blackboard and other ASU resources from anywhere, anytime. Because ASU's wireless network doesn't require a password, it is considered "unsecure," but this is no different than any other public Wi-Fi spot like your favorite coffee shop or cafe.

In general, wireless networks are typically less secure than wired networks, so there are precautions users should take with any wireless connection, even in one's home.

There will always be a Wile E. Coyote looking for a way to outfox users online, and this is true at just about any Wi-Fi location. The important thing to remember is that instead of getting scared, you simply need to use wireless networks safely while keeping your best interests in mind, which means knowing when and where to access personal information online and knowing how to avoid common trickery like phishing and email scams.

For more on information security at ASU, visit

As always, your comments and suggestions are welcome.