Does a Login Page on an Open Wi-Fi Hotspot Mean it’s a Secure Connection?

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Many hotels, airports, and other places with an open Wi-Fi hotspot display a page that I need to log in to or accept terms on before I can connect to the internet. Does that mean it’s a secure connection?

No. Absolutely not.

This is a critically important distinction to make, and it’s one I’m afraid many people misunderstand.

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Footnotes & references

1: An interstitial is a term commonly used to refer to the page displayed before the page you want when you click on a link. Most commonly it’s an advertisement, but the term applies to these situations as well. You try to go to askleo.com and you’re presented with the hotel/coffee shop “interstitial” page that requires you to accept terms to proceed.

2: I typically use a device that connects me to my mobile phone provider’s data plan. It can provide a hotspot. That hotspot uses WPA2 to secure the connection, which requires an actual password before you can connect and see anything.