When my daughter and I stopped by McDonald's for breakfast this morning, my daughter exclaimed, "Mommy! McDonald's now has wi-fi!"
My daughter knows I'm having an affair with my computer. She also knows I'm addicted to Twitter and blogging.
Just a couple days ago I was kicking myself for not taking my laptop to my daughter's all-day softball tournament so I could use the nearby library or Dunkin' Donuts during a three-hour break. Maybe at next week's tournament time off.
However, I've never used free wi-fi yet. I'm scared someone might hack into my computer and steal my passwords and other personal information. Yet, I'm dying to get online when I'm stuck at that tournament (or softball practice) all day.
Today, I looked up wi-fi safety. I also asked my oldest son who's a computer expert about his take on the subject.
The first wi-fi safety article I read entitled "Is Public Wi-Fi Access Safe?" gives a lot of good safety tips. He also sounds pretty grim (to me) regarding safety.
Of course, if you don't have the right safeties on your home wireless network, you can be in trouble, too. I never worry about that, not because I'm glib or clueless, but because I have faith in my computer geke and genius son who makes sure we're safe this way. This is the same young man who gets his kicks on Saturday nights walking around the neighborhood with his best friend/fellow computer geke checking out which houses have unprotected wireless networks.
Unfortunately, I can't take my son everywhere I go. Especially not now that he's married, has his own family, and two jobs. But I do value his opinion. His take? I shouldn't spend a lot of time worrying about safety using the wi-fi at McDonalds, Dunkin' Donuts, or Denny's. Now of course, this may be because he knows he's added every firewall and protection on my computers known to mankind, but probably because he has a really good head on his shoulders.
Thus, I will take my laptop with me this Sunday, plug into an outlet at Dunkin' Donuts and enjoy a bagel while I use their wi-fi.
Isn't technology grand?
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