Is my work wireless network secure?

June 9, 2011 at 06:22:10
Specs: Windows 7, x86 2593mhz / 2048MB RAM
Hello guys,

Apologies for asking what some might think is a naive question but I am not very good with computers and wanted to seek some advice from the more knowledgeable chaps on here!

I work at a UK university and have a desktop computer which is wired up to the local area network. I only use this for work related activity.

However, I have also purchased a laptop because I like to trade on the stock market during my lunch break. I have it in mind to connect to one of the two wireless networks which my university also has (both of these require a username and password) in order to do this. However, I am concerned about whether this method is secure. Here is my actual question:

1) If I connect to my broker via my personal laptop (but using a wireless network which is administered by my employer) is there any way that they can check what I'm doing? Is it likely / possible that they can monitor all internet usage that passes through the wireless network?

With many thanks in advance for thoughts and assistance,

David


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#1
June 9, 2011 at 07:10:41
Not trying to be negative, but it's never a good idea to do personal stuff from work. First, you're university may not approve of you banking online (even if it's on your own time) via their network. You gotta assume that anything being passed on their network is monitored. They may also feel that they'd be responsible should something go wrong (like your account getting hacked). Second, being that it's a school, I'd just imagine some of the kids there may be just trying to hack into other's accounts 24/7 (sorry, age does that to you).

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#2
June 9, 2011 at 07:19:01
Hi T-R-A and thanks for the reply. The IT policy here does allow people to use the internet freely in their own time but I guess my issue is more to do with wanting to know my free time activity is mine and mine alone. You might call me paranoid!

Ultimately, it seems as though internet traffic CAN be monitored, even via a wireless connection, so if I wanted to be absolutely certain my web browsing wasn't subject to the eye of 'big brother' then I'd have to limit myself to my own private network at home, right?


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#3
June 9, 2011 at 07:54:09
Yes, you Internet access on university network (wired or wireless) or other public network could be monitored, the best way to do it is on your own home network.

picoHat
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#4
June 10, 2011 at 02:44:30
"...so if I wanted to be absolutely certain my web browsing wasn't subject to the eye of 'big brother' then I'd have to limit myself to my own private network at home, right?"

Actually, the only way to be certain of that is to not use the internet at all.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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