How to Find Free Wi-Fi Hot Spots Online Quickly and Easily

While Wi-Fi networks seem to be almost everywhere, it's a good idea to check if there will be a free network available where you'll need it before you get there. Being able to find free Wi-Fi hot spots can help save you money versus using a cellular data plan. Sites like Hotspotr, JiWire and WeFi maintain databases of free Wi-Fi hot spots that you can search. Select the public network type when you connect to a public Wi-Fi network to protect your computer. Avoid accessing banking and similar sites while on public Wi-Fi networks to prevent identity theft.

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Many coffee shops, restaurants and other locations have free Wi-Fi.
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Hotspotr

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Navigate to the Hotspotr website (link in Resources).

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Click into the search box and type the city or area you want to search for free Wi-Fi. Click "Go."

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Use the arrows on the top left of the map to navigate around the area. Use the plus and minus symbols to zoom in or out. Click any of the markers for more information about a location.

JiWire

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Navigate to the JiWire website (see Resources).

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Select the link "Click here for more search options," which is right above the map. Use the text boxes to enter the area you want to search for free Wi-Fi.

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Click "Free." Use the arrows on the top left of the map to navigate around the area. Use the plus and minus symbols to zoom in or out. Hover your cursor over any of the Wi-Fi symbols on the map for more information about a location.

WeFi

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Navigate to the WeFi site (link in Resources).

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Click into the search box and type the city or area you want to search for free Wi-Fi. Click "Search."

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Use the arrows on the top left of the map to navigate around the area. Use the plus and minus symbols to zoom in or out.

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Click any of the Wi-Fi symbols on the map for more information about a location. Only the blue locations offer free Wi-Fi.