Why can’t I connect to my hotel’s wireless network?

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Leo, I can’t connect to my hotel’s wireless with my Win 7 laptop. It’s happened twice at different places. I can with the iPad. After it connects, a browser page pops up, asking me to agree to the terms. After I check the box, the browser closes and I’m on wireless. But for some reason, using Win 7, that browser doesn’t come up, but a bubble note says to click for browser; nothing happens. I tried disabling Norton’s firewall with the same results.

Many providers of free, open hotspots force you to agree to terms of service before they allow you to access their internet.  It’s a legal issue: they need to cover themselves in case people misuse or abuse their service and somehow hold them liable for it.

Sometimes that can get in the way.

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Can the Owner of an Open WiFi Hotspot See what Files I’m Downloading?

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Just wondering if others can see what I’m downloading, say in a coffee shop or some other public place, like the administrator there? Or can they just tell that something is being downloaded. It’s a local place so I assume they have some local provider like Comcast. I imagine it just takes up their bandwidth and they don’t like that because it makes the connection slow for others in the establishment. Please let me know.

In this excerpt from Answercast #83, I look at safety in an internet cafe and how the owner, or even the guy right next to you, might be snooping.

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