NYT: How Not to Pay the Price for Free Wi-Fi

Luckily, I sort of knew most of this. AT&T does not cover the world. No balkan countries at all. Rates jump to $2.50/minutes for phone, and $20 per megabyte of data. I worried, when in a good wifi hotspot in Bosnia, whether my phone would always automatically use the wifi over the usurious cell phone connection. A few wonderful Wifi places, like Le Flash Cafe, Rue Barbes 18th, Paris, insisted on a 24 digit password with mixed numbers and upper and lower case njumbers. It took three people four tries to type it all correctly. I wondered if such intense and awkward security was necessary for a wifi connection in Paris or any other city?

Jumping on a network at a coffee shop or park could put your privacy at risk. Here are some ways to stay (reasonably) safe.
nytimes.com|By Stephanie Rosenbloom

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1 Response to NYT: How Not to Pay the Price for Free Wi-Fi

  1. from NYT comments:
    KarlosTJ Bostonia June 5, 2014

    Good suggestions. But there are a lot more.

    Rule 1: Do not trust the security of any WiFi you do not own.

    Paid WiFi in a hotel is not any more secure than free WiFi at Starbucks, but the people who pay for it may feel more secure, which will lead to a false sense of security. If you don’t know the person in charge of the WiFi, you cannot fully trust it no matter how much you pay.

    AT&T runs the free WiFi at Starbucks, and so your AT&T phone/tablet may automatically connect to that while you’re in range. This does not mean your connection is secure.

    Instead of using free WiFi, you may be able to connect through your smartphone’s cell network by turning it into a “local” hotspot. This will use up bytes on your data plan, but it is relatively safer than using free or even paid WiFi if you need to do more than just check your email.

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