Monday, January 7, 2013

Help Keep Your Region Safe

As your Region’s webmaster, you can help your Region’s families and volunteers stay safe by passing on some Wi-Fi best practices.

Free Wi-Fi is very easy to find these days – plenty of coffee shops, restaurants and other businesses now offer it for free to their customers. While Wi-Fi definitely helps make life easier, remind your parents and volunteers to use it properly.

Typically, free public Wi-Fi is hosted on unsecure wireless networks, leaving them vulnerable to outsiders and possible hackers. Because of this, it’s best not to log-in to any personal, password-protected sites while using unsecured Wi-Fi.

If your Region uses Wi-Fi at your registration events, use a secure network so it protects parents and volunteers. Secure networks ask for passwords before allowing users to connect.

Additionally, secure websites such as eAYSO ( should always have "https" in front of the website address, as opposed to "http." This provides an additional layer of security that both autheticates the site and encrypts information exchanged between that site and a local computer. Be careful that the spelling of the https website name is correct.

For more information, check out this article on using Wi-Fi safely.

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