Change to the U of S Wireless Network Security Protocol
ITS is making changes to the wireless network. A significant number of people are now bringing wireless devices (such as PDAs) to the U of S that are not compatible with the PEAP network security protocol currently used at the U of S. By changing the network security protocol, the U of S wireless network will be able to accommodate these devices.
Members of the campus community who use the U of S wireless network will need to delete their existing wireless connection and create a new one that does not use PEAP. Instructions are available online at: http://www.usask.ca/its/services/networks/setup_guides/
Although this change increases accessibility to the U of S wireless network, it also means that information (e.g. usernames, passwords, data) travelling on the wireless network is only encrypted if it is sent using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protection (i.e. the URL uses https://) or over a Virtual Private Network (VPN). Use of VPN software protects your information that otherwise might be viewable by other wireless users.
The VPN service is now available to undergraduate students at the U of S as a result of this change to the wireless network. Previously it was restricted to instructors, researchers, employees and graduate students. To learn about the VPN service at the U of S, visit: http://www.usask.ca/its/services/networks/vpn/
If you have any questions, concerns or need assistance, please contact the ITS Help Desk.