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OSU Secure

What is OSU_Secure?

OSU_Secure is an option for those on campus who require data encryption while accessing the internet. 

Why OSU_Secure?

Secure networks ensure the safety of sensitive information transmitted over the web, such as banking transactions and emails. Wireless clients using the OSU_Access network will be limited to what they can access. You can use the VPN service on the OSU_Access network to have similar to secure access capabilities that OSU_Secure provides.

Who has access?

As with OSU_Access, anyone with valid ONID credentials may access OSU_Secure. For those who have forgotten their ONID login information, it can be reset using that individual's OSU ID? number here.

Accessing OSU_Secure

You can either connect automatically or manually to the OSU_Secure. Connecting automatically should prompt for your onid username and password. If it doesn't, use the general settings for the OSU_Secure network to set it up manually:

  • SSID: OSU_Secure
  • Security: WPA2 Enterprise
  • EAP Method: PEAP (PEAPv0/EAP-MSCHAPv2)
  • Key Type: AES (or automatic)
  • Phase2 Type: MSCHAPv2
  • Username: ONID Username
  • Password: ONID Password

More detailed instructions with pictures are available for both Microsoft and Apple operating systems as well as select mobile devices. Click on any of the links below to view the instructions:

 

 

What does the "Secure" part of OSU Secure mean?

The secure part means that any data you send over the wireless connection is encrypted. Browsers and websites can encrypt the data transmissions themselves, which happens on most or all sites that transfer any sensitive information. You can determine if a website is encrypting information when the URL indicates an HTTPS connection, as opposed to an unencrypted HTTP connection (S stands for secure). The encryption done by the wireless network is another layer of security that helps protect your sensitive information on all websites. The following is more technical information which is unnecessary for the use of the wireless networks.

Examples:

Unsecured Wireless (OSU_Access):

Data sent through an HTTP connection will be transmitted over the wireless network completely unencrypted. If you are submitting a comment to an unsecured forum the data would be transmitted in clear text which could be read by anybody with the correct software. For poorly designed websites they may also be able to see the username, password, and what website you were trying to log in to.

Data sent through an HTTPS connection will be encrypted on your computer and sent through the network. Anybody with the correct software would be able to see where you were sending the information to but not the actual information being sent. (more technically the header information will not be encrypted but the data will be).

Secured Wireless (OSU_Secure):

Data sent through either type of connection will still result in everything being encrypted. Anybody with the correct software will be able to see that you are sending and receiving data but they will not be able to tell where you are sending it or what information you are sending (including usernames and passwords).

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