When you're in a public place and you access a wireless network that doesn't require a password, you're taking a risk. Unsecured or hotspot access places you on a network with many other people, and some may be on the lookout to record your keystrokes or hack into the files on your computer.
If you're only browsing the web, and you have proper firewall and security software running, the risk is not as great. But if you're typing in usernames, passwords, personal information, or credit card numbers, there is a chance that someone could intercept this information and get access to your accounts.
Also, keep in mind that access to your home wireless network should be protected with a password and/or network key. If it's open for anyone to access, you not only face the same risks mentioned above, but you can be held responsible if someone uses your network to illegally download files. Check your router documentation to learn how to protect your network.
When you're on campus, feel free to use Temple's TUsecure wireless network. The network requires that you authenticate with a username and password.
If you have any questions, contact the Help Desk through the TUhelp web site at tuhelp.temple.edu or call 215-204-8000.
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