Free Wifi – Too Good To Be True ?
Yes we all like a deal don’t we – especially when we travel. But always be wary of free wifi hotspots, but probably not for the reasons you might think…
When talking security and free internet access – most experts will rightly warn you away from rogue hotspots; enterprising hackers can quickly setup a fake hotspot making it look legit, but once you connect to it, they can snoop on your account passwords and data that you send through from your device, phone and laptop.
But, its not JUST the bad guys you need to worry about – its the “good” guys too.
When away from home, maybe in a shopping mall, airport, concert, bar or coffee shop; legitimate free wifi spots have some some pretty fast & loose wordings in their Terms & Conditions (you know, those agreements that you tick and nobody ever reads ?!). Most of these in Europe will ask for a name and an email address. If you ever wondered how you get hit with SPAM mail, then this is one source.
Top Tip, first try entering a false name and making up an email address.
Most free services don’t check if the address is correct. If it won’t accept that or if it says it has sent you a link to confirm your address, you can always try again with your real address (but give them a false name).
Thinking ahead – its always handy to have a “dumpster” mail account that you use for things like this or for promotional gifts and competitions – setting up a free gmail account is quick and easy and keeps your real main email address inbox clean of trash emails !