I am always on-the-go. I have a mobile job, so I can work from anywhere that has a strong Internet connection. And I am used to searching for free WiFi near me. While years ago, I only had the luxury of using a hotspot, I now know how to get free WiFi from virtually anywhere.
Since you’ll be using a lot of public connections, it’s important that you learn how to keep your WiFi safe and secure so that no private data is retrieved by a third-party.
If you want to know how to get WiFi wherever you go, these secret methods can help.
Do you have a smartphone? If you do, chances are, you have some hotspot capacity on your phone. Most cell phone plans will have hotspot availability on the plan, but the amount of bandwidth that you’re allowed to use may be limited.
You can use either your Android or iPhone and turn it into a hotspot that can be used for your:
You’ll want to be cautious about the amount of data that you are using if you’re not on an unlimited plan. There are some providers out there that will still offer unlimited hotspot usage, but they will limit the speeds after a certain threshold.
Turning on your hotspot is easy using your Android device. You simply have to:
You can also pull down from the top of your screen and select the hotspot option from the shortcuts.
If you’re running the latest iOS, it’s rather simple to turn on your hotspot and begin sharing your Internet with your devices. iOS does have the advantage of allowing you to hotspot to several different devices at one time, whereas Android may limit the number of devices that can share your smartphone connection with. Enabling hotspots is rather easy and requires you to follow these few steps:
You can use shortcuts to enable or disable your hotspot. Be sure to password protect your device for maximum security.
I outlined the steps to enable your hotspot using the latest versions of Android and iOS currently available at the time of writing this article. You may need to follow different steps, depending on your device’s operating system version.
You may be able to find free hotspots in your local area. A lot of places with free WiFi have been added to several different apps that contain databases of free WiFi hotspots around the world. These apps even include the passwords for these hotspots, so they are an invaluable tool if you need to connect to a hotspot when you’re traveling or simply driving around town.
A few of the most popular apps that I personally recommend include:
You’ll find that most of these hotspots are from places like Starbucks, or from grocery stores that open up their WiFi to the public. There are hundreds of thousands of different WiFi spots, and there are sure to be some in your local area. The one issue that some people have is that some of the hotspots change their password or no longer work – this happens.
If you plan on traveling often, such as being a truck driver that needs a good Internet connection while they’re on the road, you can buy a portable router. These routers will allow you to connect a SIM card to them and connect to the Internet using 3G or 4G networks.
You will need to have a decent connection to local cell towers.
Multiple providers are available, including but not limited to:
While not free, you’ll be able to roam around and enjoy good WiFi at the same time. You’ll find a few paid versions for WiFi, but if you don’t want to spend the money, you can follow our next tip, which is one of the best we know about.
A lot of popular locations are using a WiFi network extender like the TP Link RE450 to offer free WiFi anywhere on their property. You can find many popular locations in your area that offer this free WiFi hotspot option by going to the following:
You can often go into these places, ask for their WiFi password and use their WiFi inside of their facilities. But, due to the long range of these WiFi connections, you’ll be able to connect while also in the parking lot or in other areas of the property.
There are many places with free WiFi, and they will serve as a global hotspot while you’re on vacation or on the go.
When using a public WiFi, you must be careful when visiting certain websites without taking proper precautions. If the connection doesn’t require a password or isn’t encrypted, you’re at risk of the connection being hacked.
You should only use connections that are secure and allow you to safely browse the Internet.
If you do use an open connection, you may want to use a VPN to encrypt your connection and your data. Encryption will keep your information safe, even if it is intercepted by a third-party.
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