Accessing the internet isn't normally a problem when you're inside the confines of your own home—it's secure, it's easy to connect to, and it's relatively uncongested—unless the whole family is streaming Netflix on five separate devices. When you venture out though, it's a different story. You can access Wi-Fi in more places than ever, enabling you to keep in touch or catch up with work from wherever you happen to be, but getting online isn't quite as simple, or as safe, as it is with your home network. A public Wi-Fi network is inherently less secure than your personal, private one, because you don't know who set it up, or who else is connecting to it. Ideally, you wouldn't ever have to use it; better to use your smartphone as a hotspot instead. But for the times that's not practical or even possible, you can still limit the potential damage from public Wi-Fi with a few simple steps.
What we give away when we log on to a public WiFi network
What we give away when we log on to a public WiFi network - The Correspondent
If you have a smartphone and a mobile data plan, you should be able to create a mobile WiFi hotspot to share your 3G or 4G connection with your other devices. Always make sure to protect your mobile hotspot with a strong password to prevent other people from using your data plan to connect to the internet. How much faster exactly depends on many factors, including the number of devices connected to the hotspot and the type of mobile connection. Hotspot database apps contain a huge list of WiFi hotspots around the world, and some even have passwords for hotspots that are not available to the public without paying. Here are our top 3 favorite hotspot database apps:.
A WiFi hotspot is simply an area with an accessible wireless network. The term is most often used to refer to wireless networks in public areas like airports and coffee shops. Some are free and some require fees for use, but in either case they can be handy when you are on the go. You can even create your own mobile hotspot using a cell phone or an external device that can connect to a cellular network. And you can always set up a WiFi network at home.
This short tutorial describes a few methods for gaining access to the internet, a basic human right , from public wireless networks. Here are instructions for a few browsers:. Unfortunately, most systems track MAC addresses instead of cookies.