February 10, 2015
App available for Android via Google Play.
App available for Kindle via Amazon Marketplace.
About the App
SecureW2’s JoinNow app configures and connects your devices to secure/encrypted wireless networks. It can also ensure your device trusts only legitimate networks that are provided by your institution and not a fake or imitation network. For more information about how the app will configure your device, consult your institution’s system administrator or help desk.
The JoinNow App is used by your organization to get your devices configured and securely connect to your organization’s Wi-Fi. As a result, once the App has configured the device to connect to a network, you won’t have to worry about manually configuring the device again.
JoinNow configures your device to only connect to the correct secure network, preventing honeypot traps (or rogue SSIDs) from impersonating your institution’s network and capturing your data. In addition, configuring your device can help eliminate common connection issues when connecting to a secure network.
Your IT department has either determined that auto-configuring your device will result in safer connections for you the user, or has found it to reduce the number of connection issues.
An unfortunate side effect of more and more people getting access to the internet is that there are more opportunities for intruders to try to capture user data over-the-air. Using the JoinNow App will help ensure your device is being securely connected to a wireless network because it updates the security settings to ensure your connection is encrypted.
After downloading the app, return to your institution’s wireless setup portal and hit the JoinNow button. Your device will download the settings it needs to connect to the network and configure them for you automatically.
If you cannot find your way back to the setup portal, use the app to search for your university’s domain and download the settings.
Your institution has chosen to store a digital certificate onto your device to ensure you are connecting to the wireless network securely. The digital certificate will validate the network you connect to, protecting you from copycat or “evil-twin” networks that might try to steal your information. Google’s security standard requires a screen lock be set on the device in order to connect to secure networks. Therefore, Google’s policy for android devices (not the JoinNow App) is the reason you are required to have a lock screen after configuring your wireless settings to connect securely.
If you’d like to connect to the network without digital certificates, check to see if your institution has manual configuration options available. Although please note that your connection will be less secure.
If you no longer need to connect to the network and want to disable the screen lock, you may need to clear your credential storage first. On your Android device, got to Settings > Security then click on Clear Certificates near the bottom. You should now be able to disable any screen lock. There is more information available here.
Please note: if you disable your PIN after configuring your device, you may experience connectivity or security issues with your network.
- Before disabling the lock screen, consider first changing how often you are prompted. Instead of being prompted every time you turn on the screen, you can set it only to lock after 30 minutes of activity. Third party apps like this one can extend that time by hours or even days.
- Although Android requires a screen lock, it does not necessarily have to be a PIN or password. Pattern locks should also be acceptable, as well as some third party locks such as fingerprinting or other biometrics.
- There are also third party apps that will let you hide or “suppress” the lock screen. You will still need to set a password or pin, but these apps will bypass the lock screen while they are running. An example is No Lock.
After configuring your device and connecting for the first time, the app does not need to run to keep the device connected to network. However, consider holding on to it to ease the process when you need to re-authenticate to the network, or experience connection issues and need to re-configure the device.
No, the JoinNow App makes configuring the wireless network on your device a one-time process. After the initial setup, you can reconnect to the network by simply selecting the secure network you wish to connect to from the Wi-Fi settings; Running the JoinNow client again is not required. In the case your institution makes any changes to the Wi-Fi network, such as using different encryption type or configuring a different network SSID etc., which requires reconfiguration of device, then you will need to run the App again.
For privacy and security reasons, our app does not store your password. Depending on the network at your school, you may be prompted to re-enter credentials after a certain amount of time or if you have switched access points. If you find yourself reconnecting too often, please consult your network administrator or IT help desk.
Our app does not manage the wireless on your device in any way. In case you are unable to connect to Wi-Fi, you can try to forget the Wi-Fi network in your Android’s Wi-Fi settings and run the JoinNow App again. In the case that the problem persists, please contact your Network Administrator or IT help desk.
You can also send the Android logs to us by clicking “Create and Email Help File” under App Menu. Please describe briefly the issue that you are facing.
Please note: if you have disabled your PIN after configuring your device, this may cause connectivity issues with your network.
JoinNow App does not access your personal data . You can check the permissions that the App requires by clicking “Permission details
” in the under the “Developer
” section of the App in google Play Store or alternatively you can visit this link
to check the required permissions under “Additional information
No, the JoinNow app does not allow the organization to access your internet data.
No, the JoinNow App only updates the Wi-Fi settings and will not interact with any other Applications. If the Wi-Fi network was configured by a different Application, you need to forget that network and then run the JoinNow App to get configured again.
After updating the Android, you should not have any problems connecting to the Wi-Fi network (the settings are saved and reloaded after the update). In the case that you are having an issue, please forget the network and re-run the JoinNow App. If the problem persists, please notify your Network Administrator or IT help desk.
There are 2 reasons for not saving the password in JoinNow App.
- The Information Security Policy of organizations does not permit the storing of user credentials on 3rd party applications and
- JoinNow App needs to run only once for configuring the Wi-Fi settings on your Android Device. Once the Wi-Fi setting have been configured, there is no need to rerun the App again.