Reminder : uw-unsecured Wi-Fi SSID will be discontinued Jan 5

Service

Wireless

Type

Maintenance

Description

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. In addition, all users who have used uw-unsecured in the past 2 months will have received an individual e-mail reminder.

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

Start time

Monday, January 5, 2015 7:00 AM

End time

Monday, January 5, 2015 8:00 AM

Notice submitted

Saturday, January 3, 2015 7:11 PM