WHAT’S THE MEANING?
Open Wi-Fi connections are unsecured Wi-Fi networks. That is, they are Wi-Fi connections that are not password-protected. In contrast, secured Wi-Fi networks require users to input a password that conforms to a security protocol. When a user is connected to an open Wi-Fi network, they are exposing their device and their browsing traffic to anyone else who may be using the network. In a secured network with protected access, encryption protocols are in effect to provide additional security.
DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that the term ‘Wi-Fi’ was coined as a play on hi-fi, or high fidelity? It was not meant to be an abbreviated version of wireless fidelity. The Wi-Fi Alliance, owner of the Wi-Fi trademark, chose the name Wi-Fi to refer to wireless networks. It was coined to replace the official name “IEEE 802.11b Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum.”
Since the invention of the progenitor of the 802.11 protocol in 1991 and its subsequent commercial release in 1997, Wi-Fi has become the dominant method of accessing the internet. The proliferation of Wi-Fi networks has greatly attributed to the continuous increase of Internet users. At present, more than 4 billion of the world’s population are Internet users, which translates to a 54.4% penetration rate.
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WiFi Finder is an app for finding free or paid public WiFi hotspots online or offline. It allows you to scan for WiFi hotspots around you, search for public WiFi anywhere in the world, view WiFi hotspot details, call location, get directions or share the hotspot, and filter results by location (cafe, hotel, etc.) or provider type.Apps
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