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    Wi-Fi Hotspots

    Howdy all,

    Does anyone here regularly use WI-Fi hotspots?

    I am going to Sydney for a few days and want to be able to use the net free if I can.

    Is it as easy as just letting your device find a connection and go for it? Anyone suffer any security risks?

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    maccas! In Hobart we also have a lot of coffee shops, that if you buy a coffee you get free wifi access. guessing but maybe same elsewhere?
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    Qantas club and where I stay for work is what I mainly use.
    I'll grab a work 3G card if I feel like it.
    Most hotels have a 'business centre' with free 'net. The room connections cost a bomb.

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    Maccas! Or you could just drive around till you find someone else's unsecured network
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    Quote Originally Posted by hoffy View Post
    Is it as easy as just letting your device find a connection and go for it? Anyone suffer any security risks?
    As Rick said, Maccas is usually a good option!

    That said, jumping on any old connection that your device may find is risky. It's not hard to setup a wireless "hotspot", make it freely available and then listen/sniff the data of unsuspecting victims....for this reason, I generally only use known connections (eg. Maccas) but also try and limit what i do on such connections (ie. no online banking, payments with CC etc).

    When I travel, if i need a connection in a hurry, I'll hook up my laptop to my mobile phone and use the phone as a 3G modem. In my case it's not a super cheap option but it works.

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    Maccas sounds good. Are they truely free? I have found a bit of info on the net, but some of its conflicting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoffy View Post
    Maccas sounds good. Are they truely free? I have found a bit of info on the net, but some of its conflicting.
    Yep, the one I used on the gold coast was completely free

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    The McDonalds across the street from the Strand Arcade, on George St. in the CBD has free wi-fi. I used it a couple of weeks ago to read news while I ate my naughty burger and fries.
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    all the backpackers use maccas all the time and they tell me most of them have it and yes its free you don't even have to buy anything

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    Hoffy, I regularly use the Maccas in Pitt St with my iPod, completely free and quite decent connection speeds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricktas View Post
    maccas! In Hobart we also have a lot of coffee shops, that if you buy a coffee
    Huh... do they sell coffee in coffeeshop? Weird...
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