Monday, May 13, 2013

Wireless Names @ BVSD

What’s in a name? Quite a bit, it turns out, when it comes to choosing your BVSD wireless network.

The next time you use a wireless device at school, check out the networks available to you. Some may look familiar, some are new, and some of the old networks are gone. Each network has its own features. Here’s a short guide to choosing a network.

BVSD - This is the secure network that you can join using your BVSD username and password. It allows you to access district resources, such as your network folders.
BVSD Guest - This network is for guests. It does not require a username and password, and it does not allow access to secure district resources.
BVSD Guest Fast - This network is just like BVSD Guest except that (you guessed it) it’s faster. Only devices that are compatible with BVSD Guest Fast will see it.

Public Wi-Fi Networks
Stay safe when you use the free Wi-Fi offered by many restaurants, hotels, and retailers. Make sure you know and trust the name of their wireless network. A malicious person can set up their own network with a similar-sounding name in hopes that you will join it. Once you join a bogus network your data is compromised. When in doubt, ask someone who works there to verify the network name. Also, use appropriate privacy and sharing settings whenever you join a public Wi-Fi network. Read more about staying safe online on our Information Security @ BVSD website and in the most recent BVSD CIO blog.

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