Texas State Wi-Fi
Texas State University
Texas State WPA (secure)
Texas State provides a robust array of information resources and services, including two wireless networks: a private, encrypted network named TexasStateWPA and a public, unencrypted network named TexasStateUniversity. You must login using your Texas State NetID and password to connect to TexasStateWPA. In doing so, you establish a kind of protective wrapper around the information you send and receive during your wireless session, shielding that information from others on the network, including eavesdroppers using Firesheep or similar tools. It takes only seconds to login, so choose TexasStateWPA for your on-campus wireless access.
Texas State University (unsecure)
The public network TexasStateUniversity is just like any Wi-Fi hotspot network. A login is not required, making it ideal for use by visiting officials, summer camp attendees, and other campus visitors who have no need for a Texas State NetID. When you choose to use that network, you ac cept certain risks, not unlike the risks you accept if you leave your apartment or vehicle unlocked. Chief among those risks is the possibility that your information will be seen by others. Public Wi-Fi networks pass traffic in clear text that is readable by other computers on th at wireless network. This is not new - public Wi-Fi hotspots have always operated this way, whether located in a hotel, a coffee shop, an airport, or on a campus. Users are generally unaware of this risk or accept it in return for quick and convenient Internet access.
Off Campus Wireless Security