Let’s start off this post by saying that I am not a hacker, nor do I endorse any hacking, intrusion, or illegal activity involved in getting online via wireless Internet access points. BUT as we travel, we are always on the hunt for any WIFI Internet connection we can find and we thank and bless all of you who open up your wireless connections to the passerby. I do hope that you are all protecting your computers from snoopers while still making Internet access available.
That said, finding a wireless Internet connection can be a pain. Windows and WIFI cards have “scanners” built-in that seek out hotspots, but they aren’t perfect. There are also handheld devices that will scan for a hotspot and light up when one is located.
There are also some more sophisticated software out there that will work with your WIFI system in your laptop or handheld computer that will increase your odds of finding a WIFI connection. Ethical Hacker’s Essential Wireless Hacking Tools offers a great list of programs and processes for seeking and connecting to wireless networks and Internet connections that may help you out.
Again, for those of you who host wireless routers and leave access open to the Internet, thank you so much. You help make the world better connected for the traveler.