said by Woody79_00:The only times I have ever used free hotspots are at airports and hotels. said by TheMG:
When I use public/open wifi hotspots I use VPN to prevent people from snooping my passwords (unfortunately not all sites support SSL), as well as to bypass any port or content filters, ad injections, DNS redirection, etc.
I guess that makes me a terrorist.
This is exactly why on a network i maintain that has a public Wifi Hotspot, all VPN type of connections are blocked...down to the protocols (Ipsec, pptp, l2tp, gre, esp, eap, openvpn, ssh, https,etc, etc) I also have HTTPS and SSH blocked as well. HTTPS is only allowed for servers that are approved by management via request. The rest of all requests go through my proxy...any outbound DNS requests that are not "destined to on site dns servers" are blocked period. Either you use the onsite DNS servers, or nothing resolves...quit plain and clear cut.
it was a bumpy road the first few weeks, however once everyone favorite services(banks, paypal, cellphone company, etc) was added to the approved list, we have had no problems. Folks are generally happy.
Fact is...a person has "no right" to violate a network usage policy....the network doesn't belong to you...it belongs to whoever is providing it...if you don't like that it has a content filter or the rules in place, then go use someone else's wifi!
Folks like you are why IT Admins have been forced to to resort to such things.
this is not a privacy issue, this is a network acceptable use policy agreement issue...no one is "forcing you" to use that wifi network. That company, business, etc is good enough to offer a wifi service for free...the least a person can do is abide by the rules they put out for the network the org owns and is allowing you to use for little or no cost...if a person can't even abide by such a network policy, thats the biggest form of disrespect you can show someone who is offering you a service for next to and sometimes for zero cost considering no one is forcing you to use it.