Appropriate Use

The UBC Wireless Network can only remain free if maintenance is kept to a minimum. This means that time can't be spent chasing network hogs (those with open and anonymous FTP, and other file sharing servers) and other abusers of the wireless system.

It is important that the UBC Wireless Network is not flooded with worms and trojans. This means that all users should use auto-update antivirus software, such as Sophos Anti-Virus, they should install and configure personal firewall software, and they should make sure they stay on top of weekly patch updates for their machines.

UBC Wireless Network users are allowed to file share, but we ask that you remember that wireless is a shared resource. Heavy and continual file sharing, especially with open "peer to peer" software, should not be overly used on the wireless network as the technology is not suited for it. Heavy and continual anonymous file sharing is seen as an inappropriate use of the wireless network.

If our automated monitoring systems detect abnormal behavior including heavy consumption of bandwidth (because, for example, you are sharing media files of questionable origins), you may get a notification which you need to address. If you fail to respond or if there are subsequent detections, you may be barred from accessing the network and/or face disciplinary action resulting in a possible fine and reconnection fee.

If you need to operate a server on the wireless network, please let us know by describing its function and benefit to the University.

Note: There are some filters in place for protection against common worms. The wireless network automatically blocks Outlook to Exchange as well as Microsoft file sharing (and compatible software like sharescan and SAMBA). These use insecure Microsoft RPC and SMB/CIFS protocols and are not safe enough for the main wireless network (or Internet). The filters prevent any communication of this type, even between wireless clients.

Use VPN (Virtual Private Network) if you need to use these types and any other insecure protocols (such as Telnet and FTP).

Scanning, of any type, is not permitted on the wireless or VPN service. Written permission is required. Any attempts at circumventing current and future authentication, authorization and accounting systems will be dealt with by enforcing maximum penalties.

The wireless network is built to handle any type of legitimate traffic and we will do our best to continue to balance usability with security.

As with any Information Technology service at UBC, the UBC Wireless Network is governed by Policy #104: Responsible Use of Information Technology Facilities and Services and Policy#130: Management of the Wireless Network.