Many businesses find that in order to be as successful as possible, they need to be able to compete or excel in a particular area in order to distinguish themselves from the business around them. Many choose to do this through offering wireless internet connections and many offer that connection free of charge in order to draw customers in.
Wi-Fi hotspots are places where users can visit anytime for fast reliable wireless internet access. Wi-Fi hotspot services are available in places such as internet cafes, coffee shops, bookstore, and airports. Hotspots providers allow access through the use of your laptop computer, your cell phone, or any other suitable portable device.
Most Wi-Fi locations do not impose any restrictions on internet access, but some locations choose to restrict access in one of several ways. They may require a login procedure to users with a registered account. Some require you to be a registered guest of their facility. A few may require you to be a customer which implies that you will be purchasing something from that location. Some may ask some survey questions as a part of the login process.
Once you are connected to the Wi-Fi network, you are able to access the internet just as you would at home. You can surf the web, check and send emails, connect to a corporate network, play online games, IM…etc.
One of the concerns about using a hotspot location is related to security. Most hotspots are on an unsecured network due to the fact that passwords and other security measures would hinder casual use of the internet by their customers. User data is shared and therefore people who chose to use a hotspot should be careful about sharing private information or other such sensitive information in the hopes of protecting yourself and your private information, especially in today’s world where identity theft is rampant.