Working Off Campus?

Connecting to the University Service Securely

If you are working off campus (i.e. not at a university owned property) then you may need to access information, such as your university email, files or computers. In order to do this securely you should always connect to the university over our VPN. This will encrypt the data you send and give you access to local resources. You can get information on how to register and configure your laptop for the VPN here.

Connecting to Wireless Networks Off Campus

  • If you need to connect to a wireless hotspot somewhere to get internet access:
  • If the wireless is called eduroam then the institution you are visiting is part of the Janet Roaming Service like Swansea and you will be able to log onto that wireless network using the Swansea University wireless configuration you already have. (Register for wi-fi access here).
  • If the wireless is not eduroam then you need to connect to it then immediately connect to the VPN. This will encrypt your data and stop any insecure hotspots from listening to your data.

Encryption

If you have important data you do not want people to gain access, you need to encrypt it.  Here are some tips to help you secure data through encryption:

  • To secure network traffic (wireless etc.) use the VPN.
  • If you use USB keys, use encryption on them in case you lose them.
  • If you want to encrypt your email, look into PGP.
  • If you want to encrypt your files follow the advice from Microsoft, Linux and Apple.
  • If you lose your encryption keys or pass phrases you will not be able to access the data yourself.