Tip #14 Be Wary of Mandatory Software Downloads for Wi-Fi Access



Some establishments offer free Wi-Fi access after accepting their terms of service policies. You should always familiarize yourself with what you are agreeing to when connecting to these unsecured networks.

Beware of public Wi-Fi access point that require you to download software before you can gain access to the internet. It is a common practice to bundle malicious software and distribute it to unsuspecting users to gain access to their devices.

For access to Fordham’s Wi-Fi, Windows users are required to run a Java-based compliance scan that will ensure their computers meet Fordham IT security policy requirements. This requires enabled installations of the following:

  • Windows automatic updates
  • Up-to-date antivirus software
  • Firewall software

When these requirements are met, users will have full access to the University’s public network.


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