Is college WiFi safe? How to remain private on university WiFi

How to use a VPN on School Wifi

Even if you’ve never used a VPN before they’re very simple to set up. Follow our instructions below and you’ll be able to access your favorite websites from school or college in no time.

Here’s how to use a VPN for school wifi:

  1. Choose and subscribe to a suitable VPN provider from the list above. We particularly recommend NordVPN.
  2. You’ll need to download the appropriate VPN app. You’ll need to do this at home as it’s unlikely any of the VPN websites will be unblocked in school.
  3. Open the VPN app and choose a server within your country.
  4. Hit connect and you should now be able to unblock websites on the school wifi!
  5. If you’re encountering any issues try clearing your cache and cookies. If this doesn’t work it might be worth getting in touch with your VPN’s customer support team.


You can register wireless devices

Have a wireless printer, game console, Amazon Echo, or other wireless device? Many schools have a website for students to register their devices so they can connect them to the school network. My school’s website requires students to enter the MAC address of their device and register it with their student account, connecting the device to the unsecured network. There is a limit of five devices that can be registered at once, but I have never had to worry about hitting that. Read more about the Amazon Echo in my review here.

Learn basic troubleshooting

I am always happy to be tech support for my friends when they have wifi issues, but many problems can be solved in thirty seconds or less. I recommend that students learn how to connect and disconnect from networks, how to do manual restarts on devices, learn how to clear cookies, and similar. I wrote a post on ten tech skills every college student needs here.

Can you torrent at college?

While you might be tempted to use your college network for nefarious purposes, since you can now BitTorrent anything you want at much faster rates than what you might have had at your parents’ home, think about whether it’s worth it. You will probably be able to start a torrent, but your download speeds might suffer.

How to Unblock Torrents on University WiFi

Even with a VPN, you have to take extra measures to prevent exposing your P2P traffic. You might get caught torrenting if any IP address or DNS leaks accidentally happens.

University or college are educational institutions and they must obey the law. The administration takes restrictive measures such as blocking torrenting whatsoever. This means that you are not allowed to download music, movies, or even stream on some platforms.

Using a VPN on college WiFi would unblock torrenting no matter what P2P client you use. A VPN is an essential service to safely and securely download torrent files on any WiFi. It would hide file-sharing activities from network administrators and ISP.

One essential setting that you must always use is an Internet Kill Switch. It is a feature that protects you from IP leaks that could identify you and your internet activities.

Here’s how you download torrents on University WiFi:

  1. On a VPN app and turn on the Internet Kill Switch setting
  2. Connect to a VPN server
  3. Only then open your torrent client
  4. Once finished download quit the torrent client first
  5. Disconnect from VPN
  6. Turn off the Internet Kill Switch

Important notice! Always connect to a VPN server first before starting a torrent client. It will protect you from leaking your IP address and hide the use of torrents.

Always quit your torrent client first before disconnecting from the VPN server too!

How to stay private on university WiFi

Let’s talk about how you can keep your private information secure—and remain safe online.

Follow these simple steps.

Step 1: Search for and download Hotspot Shield VPN from your app store. Hotspot Shield is the #1 rated security app that provides online privacy, security, and access to restricted websites and apps.

Step 2: Open your Hotspot Shield VPN app and press “connect”. Your internet traffic is now encrypted and you are effectively ‘invisible’ online.

Step 3: Continue browsing the web as normal. Now, when you check your bank account or open any other app or site, no one—including the network itself—will have any idea what site or app you’re visiting. This keeps you private, secure, and enables you to access any apps or websites that may have been blocked.

Do colleges allow VPN?

However, many schools, colleges, and universities do not allow VPNs by their internal rules and might even try to ban them on campus.

Free or paid VPNs?

We don’t promote the use of free VPNs simply because such services don’t offer the same standards of service that paid versions offer and are also a lingering threat when it comes to malware and violation of privacy standards.

Free VPN providers aren’t registered charities – they have to pay for overheads, staff salaries, and server maintenance costs. There’s a strong likelihood that they’ll monetize by inserting tracking cookies to keep a watchful eye on your browsing history and selling the data to third-party advertisers.

Be prepared for tons of invasive advertisements and the possibility of malware infection as your data is sold to the highest bidder.

How Do You Use a VPN to Torrent?

Let’s say you’ve found a great VPN. You’re now planning on using it to torrent. Here’s how you can do this:

  • Open the program
  • Turn on the Kill-switch
  • Find the fastest server near you and connect to it
  • Open the Torrent client you’re using
  • Disconnect your VPN after the torrenting is done
  • Disconnect from VPN
  • Disable the Kill Switch

How Do You Not Get Caught?

So, what are the ways you can encrypt your connection? The best would be to use a virtual private network. The program would encrypt your connection while also bouncing your IP. You could direct your IP to a server anywhere in the world. Your school would have no way to know that you’re trying to access torrenting sites.

Here’s the deal:

Not all VPNs work. Some of them are less thorough than others. The options that would be the most worth your time would be the ones that you’d have to purchase. They would use thorough military-level encryptions on your connection.

Also, paid virtual private networks offer more servers for you to bounce to. A paid VPN would come with more features, too, including a kill switch. If your virtual private network ever disconnects while you’re torrenting, the kill-switch would automatically disconnect you from the internet. This would prevent your school from finding out what you were up to.

A free VPN can be dangerous. One of the ways it would make money is by storing and selling user data. You likely won’t be a fan of this.


Do you Have To Pay for Internet In College Dorms?

You typically do not need to pay for internet in college dorms, as it’s already included within the semester or yearly cost of your housing agreement. In some cases, there may be a premium charge for internet, or even an upgraded internet package. Through research, we most commonly found that internet is just bundled in with the big price tag you pay when moving into a dorm.

How to bypass blocked VPN

In some cases, certain VPNs may be blocked. Why? Because colleges know that students use VPNs to unblock games and such things during class. (We at Hotspot Shield do not condone using our VPN to bypass school laws, however, there could be times when you need to access information—like if you needed to contact a friend urgently via Snapchat. But please don’t watch Netflix in class!)

While a college WiFi network might not be able to see what sites people with VPNs are visiting, it could tell that all the traffic is deriving from the same servers. It may, then, label those servers as “VPN traffic” and block anything that comes in deriving from those servers’ addresses.

This is where you need a trusted VPN. With over 2,000 servers, Hotspot Shield is a leader in accessing restricted content because our technology ensures the traffic passes through undetected. So while some VPNs may be blocked, you can trust Hotspot Shield to sneak through and provide access.

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