[Faccus] uw-unsecured Wi-Fi SSID will be discontinued on January 5, 2015

Heather Wey hawey at uwaterloo.ca
Thu Oct 9 09:30:33 EDT 2014

What is happening? The Wi-Fi SSID 'uw-unsecured' will be discontinued January 5, 2015.

Why is this happening? uw-unsecured does not provide any encryption of Wi-Fi traffic and is vulnerable to certain types of attack.  uw-unsecured has historically been required as some older operating systems (e.g. initial release of Windows XP) did not support the more advanced security protocols well.   All modern devices now support WPA2 Enterprise Wi-Fi authentication, which is the standard that eduroam uses.

When is this happening?  January 5, 2015

What users need to do: It is recommended that users move to the eduroam Wi-Fi SSID before January 5, 2015.  We have added a notice to the uw-unsecured login page with the deadline and instructions for switching to eduroam.

Issues or concerns? Please report any issues or concerns to request at uwaterloo.ca<mailto:request at uwaterloo.ca> or the IST Service Desk (CHIP), helpdesk at uwaterloo.ca<mailto:helpdesk at uwaterloo.ca>, ext. 84357.

Recipients of this message: isthd, faccus, ist-staff, admin-support, ctsc, ucist, mactug, Bulletin, SSO, MSC, accomboo (Conference Center)

Heather Wey
IST Communications
University of Waterloo
519-888-4567 x35878

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