5. Security Considerations
Security is a major concern with wireless networks, because many more users are able to view your network traffic than would be possible with wired networks. This is because the radio waves that are transmitted between your client adaptor and our access points are available to other radio receivers at the same time. You can imagine it being like shouting across a crowded room to another person - the conversation is available to eavesdroppers in the vicinity, as long as they understand your language.
We therefore strongly recommend that you encrypt all your network traffic, which will not prevent reception by third parties, but should stop them from understanding the contents of that traffic (for example your passwords and emails).
OWL-VPN service is secure, because your Cisco VPN
connection to our central server is encrypted, and all your traffic is sent
over that connection. There is also an unencrypted service for visitors to the
University, where we cannot enforce or expect that they will have the Cisco
VPN client. This latter service is not intended for University members, and
will provide limited network connectivity compared to the preferred VPN