NEWS FROM THE LAB - Thursday, July 3, 2014

Do you take your coffee with "Free" Wi-Fi? Posted by Sean @ 15:20 GMT

Colleagues of ours recently visited a Starbucks in San Francisco and used the Wi-Fi.

Starbucks WiFi, Welcome

And while there, they grabbed a copy of AT&T's T&C. It's rather standard stuff, nothing there as surprising as last week's post.

Here's the bit about security:

Starbucks WiFi, AT&T Terms and Conditions

"The unsecured nature and ease of connection to public Wi-Fi hotspots increases the risk that unauthorized persons can access your phone, laptop or other device or your communications over the Wi-Fi network. Wi-Fi customers should take precautions to lower the security risks. If you have VPN, AT&T recommends that you connect through it for optimum security."

So there you have it… AT&T recommends that you use a VPN for "optimum" security.

But wait! AT&T Wi-Fi? That's on the way out… coming soon: Google.

Google Starbucks
Starbucks' WiFi goes Google

Google Wi-Fi at Starbucks?

Those Terms and Conditions are undoubtedly worth a read — we'll try to "track" them down.