Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia will launch a new wireless network for guests on July 19, and is asking students, faculty and staff with a valid UGA MyID to exclusively use the existing PAWS-Secure for wireless access to the Internet.
The PAWS wireless network will not be available after July 19 and anyone with a valid UGA MyID is asked to use PAWS-Secure. Campus visitors without a UGA MyID can use the new wireless network, “Welcome to UGA.”
“Most people using our wireless network are connected to PAWS-Secure, which we launched in 2011,” said Brian Rivers, associate CIO for information security at UGA. “But, we want everyone with a valid UGA MyID to switch from PAWS to PAWS-Secure to provide additional security for all of their work and personal devices.”
PAWS-Secure encrypts data sent between a computer, phone or tablet connected to a wireless access point. PAWS-Secure, which requires a one-time registration, is the preferred wireless network for UGA.
Most devices will automatically detect a wireless network and will prompt users to select a preferred Wi-Fi network. Anyone trying to connect to PAWS after July 19 will be asked to join another wireless network, such as PAWS-Secure or “Welcome to UGA.” The PAWS network should be removed from the list of preferred networks on computers and mobile devices.
First-time users of PAWS-Secure will be asked to provide their UGA MyID and password to access the encrypted wireless network. Campus visitors without a MyID will be asked to contact the EITS Help Desk to receive a temporary guest account and password to access “Welcome to UGA.”
The wireless network changes on July 19 will also affect users at UGA’s extended campuses in Griffin, Buckhead and Gwinnett.