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Tips to securely connect to the internet

Update | Monday, February 7, 2022

Wi-Fi hotspots in coffee shops, public libraries, airports, hotels, and other public places are convenient, but often they’re not secure. If you connect to a Wi-Fi network and send information through websites or mobile apps, someone else might be able to see it.

Here are some tips to securely connect to the Internet while on and off campus.

Columbus State Wireless (Wi-Fi)

  • CSCC (preferred). Log in using your Columbus State username and password. It provides the best performance and security.
  • Eduroam. Are you attending or visiting another participating College or University? Use your Columbus State username and password to securely access the Internet via the eduroam network. 
  • CSCC-Visitor. Wireless for Columbus State visitors. Limited access.
  • Click here to learn how to connect to campus Wi-Fi


  • Cellular Data Plan (preferred).  Cellular data plans typically provide more security than free public Wi-Fi.
  • Avoid Free or Public Wi-Fi.  Be cautious when connecting to free Wi-Fi.  Some free services are not secure.

At Home

  • Home network/wireless (preferred)
  • Use latest Wi-Fi security settings (i.e. WPA2, WPA2 AES)
  • Change default passwords
  • Set strong passwords
  • Update your technology
  • Use a firewall

Click here to learn about best practices for remote workers.

Website Security

  • Before entering any information, ensure the site is secure. HTTPS.
  • Protect your data.  Avoid using public Wi-Fi to access sensitive information.

If you want to learn more about cybersecurity or how to stay safe online, visit

If you get a suspicious email, report it. You may email, or call the IT Support Center at 614-287-5050.



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