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July 8, 2016updated 22 Sep 2016 12:42pm

What is a hot spot?

What is a hot spot?

By Joao Lima

A hot stop is an area where mobile users can get better internet connectivity.

This connectivity is offered usually via WiFi networks and the use of a wireless local area network (WLAN).

WiFi hot spots are usually described for these sort of connections in public spaces. The connectivity is usually also offered free of charge.

Users can establish a connection with their devices by usually signing up for the service online.

Public WiFi hot spots are almost as recent as the internet itself. Major deployments started in the late 1990s, and today there are millions of hot spots spread across the globe and used by billions of people.

Coffee shops, airports, train stations, hospitals, hotels, libraries, universities, and so on, all usually offer WiFi hot spots.

However, despite providing internet access which in some cases turns out to be a ‘life safer’, hot spots have raised many questions around security and privacy.

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