The answer this question simply (or not simply), yes and no.
Just as with your Internet at home, your device may be discoverable to other devices within the network if you have this setup. You can turn off file sharing services and other location based features by going into your settings. Instructions vary by make and model of computer.
As a standard, Downtown Works denies inter-VLAN routing in order to make everyone's connection more secure and enjoyable. Essentially, as much as you try to make your device public it will be hidden to other devices within the network. If you have any questions about what this means or how it affects you, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.
Downtown Works uses and exceeds the standard 802.11ac wireless protocol for Internet access throughout the building. Laptops that have firewall and other protection against malware can protect users against hazardous hacker attacks from the Internet. However, the WIFI service provided by Downtown Works is a semi-public network offering and no public WIFI is completely secure. Therefore, we recommend that you follow good security practices to lower potential risks.
Downtown Works has many systems, alarms, and firewalls in place in order to prevent attacks and intrusions into our network from unwanted visitors. These are things that you, as the end user, may not necessarily see but they are in place. For example, the network can deny a website if it has been reported as fraudulent or infected with malware and instantly notify our support engineers of any issues.
This is how we maintain a 99.99% uptime on our network infrastructure. If you'd like to check the status of all of our systems, please click here.
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