What do you mean the wireless connection is not secure?
The library wireless network is an "open" or "unsecured" network and does not require passwords, certificates, or applications to connect. Thus it does not protect the information on your laptop from malicious users on the same network, nor does it protect information transmitted when using the Internet. Gathered from various Internet sources, here are some tips to make your use of an unsecured wireless network safer:
  • Install firewall software to guard against incoming network attacks
  • Install and frequently update anti-virus software, preferably one that scans Internet traffic as it passes to and from the host system
  • Install anti-spyware software
  • Avoid checking confidential accounts or making personal transactions online when using a wireless connection.
  • If you do check confidential accounts (including web-based email) or make transactions, be sure the web site uses a secured (https://) connection.
  • If using POP3 to check your email, contact your email provider and see if they support an SSL connection.
  • Minimize the amount of time you are exposed to network threats by disconnecting from the wireless network when you're not using it.
  • Consider a VPN service, which creates an encrypted connection to the service and routes all your Internet traffic through that.

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1. How do I connect?
2. What if I still can't connect?
3. Where can I use the Menlo Park Library wireless network?
4. Why won't my apps work when I'm on the network?
5. Why do I need to accept the policy?
6. Do I need to accept the policy every time I start a new connection?
7. What do you mean the wireless connection is not secure?
8. Do you filter websites or web content?
9. Why can't I send email using my mail client (Windows Live Mail / Outlook Express / Thunderbird / etc.)?
10. If there are too many users, will I be blocked from using the wireless network?
11. What does "laptop-friendly table" mean?
12. How fast is the Internet connection?