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Spring 2013 Connection Information

We have made major advances in securing our network. In addition to the security that is provided by using the industry standard 802.1x user authentication, we have added an additional component to our network called SafeConnect. SafeConnect further protects our network and users by requiring that computers have current system updates and virus and malware protection with current definitions. Additionally, if you are running Java, Flash, or Acrobat Reader, those programs will each need to be running the latest release. By making sure these items are fully updated daily, the users on our network will have lower chance for virus and malware infection and security exploits.

How to Run the DHNet Connection Software – PLEASE RUN ONCE DURING SPRING 2013

  1. Connect an Ethernet cable to the port in your room.
  2. Open a web browser and navigate to http://getonline.dhnet.ufl.edu
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to start the DHNet Connection Software.
  4. Start by choosing “DHNet Wired Service” from the menu.
  5. Now repeat steps 2 and 3 and choose “UF Wireless Service.”

Please follow these additional instructions outlined by operating system and device.

Microsoft Windows Vista/7/8

  1. Windows Update: Make sure that your computer is up-to-date with the latest service pack. You can get all available Windows updates by going to Microsoft Update or by selecting Windows Update from the Control Panel on your computer. You will be required to have Windows Update set to automatically download and install in order to maintain full Internet access.
  2. Install Virus and Malware Protection: Verify that you have virus AND malware protection that is installed and up-to-date. We recommend the use of Microsoft Security Essentials which is free to use and provides free updates for life of software. You will be required to have active protection installed and updated in order to maintain full Internet access.
  3. Update Java, Flash, and Acrobat Reader: If you are running these programs, they must be updated to the latest release of the software. If they are not updated, your computer could become comprised through malware and viruses.  You will be required to keep these programs updated in order to maintain full Internet access.
  4. Disable iTunes Music Sharing
  5. Remove any P2P Programs. The use of P2P software while using DHNet Internet Services is not allowed.  More information can be found on our Policies page.

Mac OS

  1. Apple Software Update: Run Apple Software Update and install all available updates. This will ensure that you have the latest security updates and adds a layer of protection from viruses.
  2. Install Virus and Malware Protection: Verify that you have virus AND malware protection that is installed and up-to-date. We recommend the use of Avast Free Anti-Virus for Mac which is free to use and provides free updates for life of software. You will be required to have active protection installed and updated in order to maintain full Internet access.
  3. Disable iTunes Music Sharing
  4. Update Java, Flash, and Acrobat Reader: If you are running these programs, they must be updated to the latest release of the software. If they are not updated, your computer could become comprised through malware and viruses.  You will be required to keep these programs updated in order to maintain full Internet access.
  5. Remove any P2P Programs. The use of P2P software while using DHNet Internet Services is not allowed.  More information can be found on our Policies page.

Linux/Unix

  1. Make sure your computer is running the latest system updates for your distribution.
  2. Update Java, Flash, and Acrobat Reader: If you are running these programs, they must be updated to the latest release of the software.

Mobile Devices Using UF Wireless Service

  1. Make sure your device is using the latest release of the operating system
  2. If you have an rooted iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad device, please make sure you have changed the password for the root user. If you do not change the password, your phone may become infected with a virus.
  3. If you have an Android phone, please make sure to install anti-virus software on the device.

Entertainment Devices (Gaming Systems, Blu Ray players, Televisions, TiVo, Vonage)

  1. You can register your device by going to https://www.dhnet.ufl.edu/deviceregistration.
  2. Please note this is only for devices that have an Ethernet (wired) port. This is not available for wireless devices.

DHNet Connection CDs

  1. All prior DHNet Connection CDs are no longer valid and should be discarded.
  2. We no longer distribute CDs to our residents except in Diamond Village for graduate and family residents. Instead you can connect to the DHNet Connection Software via the Ethernet port in your room or by connecting to “ufinfo” via UF Wireless Service.
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