In the 21st century, we’re used to having Internet access everywhere we go. Whether you’re driving down the road following directions on your smartphone, answering emails at a cafe, or googling trivia answers in a bar, there’s no longer a need to be chained to your desk in order to go online.
Today there are literally millions of Wi-Fi hotspots all over the world, with the number continually growing. They’re showing up not only in cafes and hotels, but supermarkets, gas stations, department stores, libraries, restaurants, even hospitals. And despite security concerns and evil twin scares, the demand continues to grow.
But it hasn’t always been so easy to get your online fix while you’re on the go. Hotspots used to charge for access to their Wi-Fi, hotels piled on extra fees, and you’d never even think to check your email at a restaurant or hospital.