Important Information About Security

Is this network less secure than for-pay Wi-Fi services?

No. This network is as secure as any other free and for-pay public hotspots, and other generally available internet access networks. However, please be sure to use proper security measures on your computer, like firewall, anti-virus, and anti-spam software, to ensure that your computer is fully protected.

Do I need a password or WEP key to use this network?

No. Neither Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) nor Wireless Protected Access (WPA) encryption is used on this network. This network may require registration, which is free.

How can I secure my communications on this network?

We recommend the use of additional measures to ensure the privacy of wireless communications on this network. Like other broadband wireless services, this network does not provide advanced security mechanisms by default. Some options available for additional security include:

  • Virtual Private Networking — Any VPN client that supports Network Address Translation can be used on this network, including Microsoft PPTP, Cisco IPsec, Netscreen, and Nortel VPN Concentrator
  • Secure end-to-end protocols — We recommend the use of secure email (IMAP-SSL), secure web browsing (HTTPS/SSL), and secure login (SSH) protocols

If you are unsure whether your email or website is secure, please contact your email or website service provider.

I don’t understand these terms. Where can I get help?

NYCwireless is a New York City-based non-profit organization that advocates and enables the growth of free, public wireless networks. NYCwireless provides help to end users via its mailing lists and monthly meetings.

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