If you are using a mobile computer or device and need to access the Internet, you will need to locate a hot spot. Hot spots are available in a variety of locations, such as coffeehouses, shopping malls, public libraries, airports, and educational institutions. Once you locate a hot spot, be sure to use it safely. Read Secure IT 2-1 in Chapter 2 for more information about using public Wi-Fi hot spots safely. If you plan to connect
to a wireless hot spot, make sure you are authorized to connect. For example, you should not connect to people’s or businesses’ hot spots without their knowledge or consent. If you are unsure of whether you are authorized to connect to a hot spot, contact someone representing the residence or business providing the hot spot. The following are guidelines that can assist you in locating a hot spot:
• Enable (turn on) your mobile computer or device’s Wi-Fi and see whether it automatically detects any wireless networks. If one or more wireless networks are detected, connect to the one with the SSID that accurately describes your location. For example, if you are at a coffeehouse, the SSID of the wireless network might be the coffeehouse’s name. If you unsure of the wireless network to which you should connect, contact an employee at the location and inquire. If the wireless network is protected with a password, the employee may be able to provide the password.
• You can check the location’s website or app in advance to determine whether it has free Wi-Fi. For example, if you are flying out of your local airport, the airport’s website might indicate whether Wi-Fi is available.
• Businesses offering free Wi-Fi sometimes have a decal on a front door or window indicating the location has Wi-Fi. If necessary, contact an employee to determine how to connect to the wireless network.
1. What public hot spots are available near where you live?
2. Have you connected to a public hot spot before? If so, when?
3. What security risks may be associated with connecting to a public hot spot?