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14 Tips to be safer on Public Wi-Fi (‘hotspots’)

A couple reading reco’s for mobile Internet users.

* 14 Public Wi-Fi Hotspot Security Tips You Need

Sometimes you need it so bad, you don’t care if it is clean or dirty. You don’t care who has been there before or what viruses they’ve left behind. I speak, of course, of public Wi-Fi hotspots, aka honeypots for weak-willed souls desperate for a sense of connection. Look, it’s okay to connect to strange networks. Just use protection, cover your tracks, and follow PCMag’s 14 Tips for Public Hotspot Security. Be safe out there.” Read more..

I disagree with what the author wrote there a bit.. it’s really not ‘okay’ to use public wi-fi.. (that’s why I put ‘safer’ where the Industry puts ‘safe’) but I know you’re going to. One of the main reasons is “53 percent can’t tell a secure network from an insecure one.”
That’s so shockingly stupid clueless in 2017 .. do we need to remove these devices from the hands of the masses?

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Today’s quote:A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what’s going on.” ~ William S. Burroughs

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August 17, 2017 Posted by | advice, cellular, computers, consumer electronics, how to, Internet, mobile, privacy, security | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

5 More Public Places You Can Get Online – For Free

And Also A Video

My fave wireless “hotspot” is not a Starbucks, but a public library. With no membership required (provided you’re connecting with your own device), and no time limits enforced, this is a great option for getting some work done in a quiet environment.

Here’s a look at 5 lesser known Wi Fi Hotspot places where you can get online for free:

  1. Bookstores – Retail book chains, such as Barnes and Noble, in a move designed to increase traffic and sell more books, have become a great alternative to the usual coffee shop routine. In addition to free Wi Fi, there’s the added benefit of not having to worry about tying up a table for too long, or making a minimum purchase to justify your stay.
  2. Local Colleges/Universities – On-campus sites such as the library, courtyards, quads and study lounges are also excellent alternatives for Wi Fi access.
  3. Hotels/Motels – A number of hotel and motel chains such as Holiday Inn, Best Western, Doubletree and EconoLodge provide free WiFi for guests in common areas such as lobbies, restaurants and lounges.
  4. Public Transportation Depots – You probably expect hotspots at airports, but you may not know that many bus and train terminals also have Wi Fi these days.
  5. Laundromats – I discovered this by accident. Many coin-op laundromats are providing wireless.. to help you get the most out of laundry day.
  6. Hospitals (reader submitted bonus)

Today’s free link: Wifi Hotspot List a self-described “Definitive Wi Fi Hotspot Directory” that allows you to input a street address to find local hotspots within a 1 to 10 mile radius, and includes a means to add any that you’ve discovered on your own.

Today’s fun: This YouTube video is somebody’s “travelogue” and is much the “home movie”.. it is also a “virtual tour” of an amazing place — Legoland. Enjoy!

When I was knee-high to a grasshopper.. I made a few things with Logo’s snap-together blocks.. but nothing like this.. this is just, wow!

Enjoy your weekend, folks.

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April 2, 2011 Posted by | advice, computers, how to, Internet, mobile | , , , , , | 4 Comments

Cybercriminals Target Clueless Vacationers

laptop_beach “This guy doesn’t know it, but he’s putty in the hands of cybercriminals. The newest trend in Internet fraud is “vacation hacking,” a sinister sort of tourist trap.

Cybercriminals are targeting travelers by creating phony Wi-Fi hot spots in airports, in hotels, and even aboard airliners.

Vacationers on their way to fun in the sun, or already there, think they’re using designated Wi-Fi access points. But instead, they’re signing on to fraudulent networks and hand-delivering everything on their laptops to the crooks*.”

Please click here to read the rest of this story, and find out what you need to know before you use public “hotspots”.

* emphasis mine.

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July 20, 2009 Posted by | advice, computers, cyber crime, Internet, News, Portable Computing, security, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments