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Summer Travel Tips: Safe Web Surfing

Summer Travel. Happy people in a convertible car with their arms in the air.

While we may be taking a break from school (and work) the bad guys are hard at work.

Here are a few ways to stay safe online:

  • Be wary of emails with a sense of urgency requesting you take immediate action before returning to campus. Contact the sending department by phone or the OIT HelpDesk for verification.
  • Don’t do anything via public Wi-Fi you wouldn’t want an eavesdropper to know — including logging into accounts with passwords. Use public Wi-Fi for topics of conversation you would happily discuss in public.
  • Connect to UT’s virtual private network (VPN) to access UT resources securely, such as your pay statement or MyUTK.
  • Don’t let your device connect to public Wi-Fi spots automatically.
  • Check with the establishment you’re visiting to ensure the network you log onto is theirs, and not one a snoop has set up to trick you.

Connect to Eduroam for Secure Wireless Access

Do you have plans to visit other universities over the summer? Will you be collaborating with your peers in person? If so, check if that university provides an Eduroam wireless network. Eduroam, short for education roaming, allows students, staff, and faculty from participating institutions to obtain secure Internet connectivity across campus and when visiting other participating institutions.
Instructions for getting connected with Eduroam.