While it is true that almost everyone nowadays has a smartphone with data rate with which to surf peacefully on the Internet, there are many occasions when we need to perform tasks that require a long time, download capacity or simply, we do not want our Data are volatilised.
At this point is when we desperately seek a place to connect to a WiFi network, but we usually run into networks that are not safe or suspicious. Therefore we will see some applications that can facilitate the search of places in which to establish free connection and also, what series of precautions we must take in order not to put us at risk.
WiFiMapper has a system of filters that allows us to select in our search free or codified networks . In the case of free networks, we can filter for those that require registration and those that have a maximum time limit (such as those at airports).
Download | WiFiMapper | IOS
Download | WiFiMapper | Android
It is a veteran application in this area and one of the most used by users around the world (or at least downloaded). In Instabridge we have a map where we can see all the WiFi points open and we can connect automatically from the application itself. It also allows us to share our WiFi with other users of InstaBridge, thus being considered users as open WiFi points.
Download | Instabridge | IOS
Download | Instabridge | Android
One of the fastest applications of this kind we have tried. As soon as we launch it, enabling access to our location, we have a complete list of all the points with open WiFi, allowing us to download complete zones in order to locate the WiFi points offline, ideal if we are abroad.
Download | WiFi Map | Android
Download | WiFi Map | IOS
Boingo Wi-Finder promises up to one million WiFi hotspots located throughout the world. As we saw before in other applications, this also allows us to view in a complete map all the WiFi points or launch a list to consult offline, something we can do for example before a trip abroad.
Download | Boingo Wi-Finder | Android
Download | Boingo Wi-Finder | IOS
Finally we have OpenSignal, an application that works in a similar way to what we have seen so far, but allows us to consult the WiFi networks available on a map and a listing simultaneously, so that we can see the location of the same And at the same time to know if those networks demand or password and how many people are connected in them. Another difference with the rest is that it allows us to see the areas in which we find coverage 3G and 4G.
Download | OpenSignal | IOS
Download | OpenSignal | Android
Tips on connecting to a public WiFi network
The virtue of public networks is what makes them dangerous too, and that is that everyone can connect to them , and unfortunately, not all have good intentions. It is not normal, but it may happen that we meet with those who seek to appropriate our data and that is why we have to maintain a series of precautions.
One of the strategies commonly used to steal data is the creation of false WiFi networks, usually from shops, known as “honeypot”. For this we have to make sure that we know the origin of the network to which we are going to connect, asking for example in the establishment in question or looking for informative signs in which its name appears.
In addition to this technique we also find lovers of other people in public networks. Therefore, ideally, when we connect to one of them, try as much as possible do not manipulate sensitive data such as passwords or bank access. Whenever we can, it is best that we do these kinds of actions from a trusted network.