Internet Resources: Wi-Fi Free Hotspots
If you are traveling to a new area or need help finding a free service in New York, London, Paris or any large city around the world use the following Internet resources to find addresses and directions.
wififreespot.com - This website has a directory of lots of free hotspots across the US that are organized by states. The listings also include an address, directions (in some instances) and a telephone number. There are also international listings for Europe, Canada, The Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America, The Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and some South Pacific Islands.
freewifi.com.au – “Australia’s premier directory of wireless hotspots" provides information on Wi-Fi freespots on the continent organized according to states. The site lists the total number of free services in an area, gives the address, and has Google map integration to help you find what you are looking for more easily.
In some instances businesses and individuals may be providing free service without even knowing it. This happens when they set up Wi-Fi routers and don’t bother to encrypt or password protect the connection, which makes accessing them a simple matter of finding the signal and logging on. In other cases connections are protected by very weak protocols such as WEP that can be easily accessed by using software to crack the protocol. Of course, using someone else's network without their permission is morally ambiguous and sometimes illegal.