When we connect to the internet through a public Wi-Fi connection, our online activities are vulnerable to snooping. Others connected to the same public network can see what websites you visit, what articles you read, and what data you transfer (unless you use additional security for your connection). Without an encrypted connection, all data is transferred in plain text where it is easily read. You can learn more about it in this article and in this video.
It is important to reassure you that the OCU IT Department has ensured that all connectivity to/with OCU Servers is encrypted through the use of the HTTPS protocol. You can confirm this by looking at the beginning of the address in the browser’s address bar. Most browsers even include a lock symbol to demonstrate that the site is secure. I’ve highlighted this in the image below. You should always check for this in the address bar of the sites you visit before doing any important business or making any purchases online.
On a personal level, when traveling (or anytime when using a public network), this same article provides some suggestions for protecting yourself from snoopers – including using a VPN or your smartphone’s Wi-Fi hotspot feature.
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