APNK is about to deliver a new feature to partner libraries who subscribe to the APNK Wi-Fi service. Rollout will take place during July 2015.
Information on this new service is below.
What does apnk secure wifi mean?
How do I connect?
Things to note
Can I still continue to use my library’s Wi-Fi hot spot?
Is it really secure if everyone knows the password?
There are two parts when connecting to W-Fi. The first part is authenticating (password). The second part is after you type the password correctly the connection gets encrypted. Requiring a password on connection to the network enables the APNK Wi-Fi hotspot to establish a secure connection with each individual device that is uniquely encrypted for that device. The password is only required for the initial connection, and after that it is secured by an encryption key that is not shared with other devices. Thus traffic between a device and the Wi-Fi hotspot is kept secure from that point on.
Why has APNK been running an open Wi-Fi network if it isn’t secure?
At the time that APNK developed its Wi-Fi network the emphasis was on enabling access to the Internet with the least barriers possible. Wi-Fi was a relatively new technology and we wanted to make connecting to it quick and easy. Most other free public networks at the time were also open. However, as time has passed Wi-Fi users have become more sophisticated and accustomed to various methods of connecting so we felt it was an appropriate time to offer APNK libraries a secure option.