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Free Australia-Wide Wifi @ McDonald's Restaurants

Posted By: Brad, posted 2009/01/06 13:52
McDonald's are converting their previously pay-per-use Telstra Wifi into free access points. Connect with your Wifi enabled PDA, Laptop, PSP, Mobile Phone etc.

209 stores across Australia currently have free WiFi, a further 500 more by March this year.

It's untimed, but a limit of 50mb per session does apply - so it would only really be of use for web-page browsing (not usable for streaming video etc.)

Even better, more and more stores are becoming 24hours -so logon anytime.
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  • kermi2009/01/06 20:36:05
    [COLOR=DarkOrchid]Thanks Brad! :D[/COLOR]

    [COLOR=DarkOrchid]Hot hot hot![/COLOR]
  • fishmonkey2009/01/06 21:29:39
    make sure your firewall is cranked up to the max whenever you are on a public wifi network...

    you'd be amazed at the number of laptops with various kinds of file sharing turned on when you're in a big public wifi zone...

    also, be aware that it is very easy for another computer in the zone to read ("sniff") your data as it flys around... so sending unencrypted confidential info is a risk...
  • admin2009/01/06 21:52:59
    It does make me chuckle when you hook up on a public network and there's all sorts of shared resources pop up.

    Out of interest - who knows the implications of hooking an iphone into public wifi ? How vulnerable are they?
  • jackyblue2009/01/07 00:13:31
    fishmonkey
    make sure your firewall is cranked up to the max whenever you are on a public wifi network...

    you'd be amazed at the number of laptops with various kinds of file sharing turned on when you're in a big public wifi zone...

    also, be aware that it is very easy for another computer in the zone to read ("sniff") your data as it flys around... so sending unencrypted confidential info is a risk...


    What if you don't have firewall ... I'm running standard McAffee vp??:confused:
  • jackyblue2009/01/07 00:15:26
    and under what circumstances would I be sending unencrypted confidential info??? (I'm assuming online banking, paypal etc would all be encryted).
  • port2009/01/07 06:07:53
    jackyblue
    and under what circumstances would I be sending unencrypted confidential info??? (I'm assuming online banking, paypal etc would all be encryted).


    Browsing the web and sending and receiving and sending e-mail are usually unencrypted.
  • fishmonkey2009/01/07 11:30:53
    jackyblue;77258
    and under what circumstances would I be sending unencrypted confidential info??? (I'm assuming online banking, paypal etc would all be encryted).


    most browsers show a little padlock icon somewhere on the window when the current page is connected over an encrypted connection (e.g. Firefox in the bottom right corner, Safari in the top right corner)...

    pretty much everything else you do on the internet is unencrypted (plain text) by default, that includes web browsing, emails, and information you send when you fill out a form on a web page... this includes login and passwords on most sites and forums (including Buckscoop), and your email account username and password when you pick up your mail (depending on your email provider, you may be able to choose secure email)...

    furthermore, by default, every site you visit sees your operating system type, browser type and your internet (IP) address...
  • joelwilliam2009/01/07 13:09:44
  • Brad2009/01/07 13:23:44
    Both Yahoo and Hotmail redirect to https:// whilst logging in
  • joelwilliam2009/01/07 14:49:57
    *cough* gmail's better *cough* hehe
  • fishmonkey2009/01/07 21:02:19
    joelwilliam;77283
    *cough* gmail's better *cough* hehe


    ****cough cough**** McDonald's is crap ****cough cough cough****

    sorry, somebody had to say it....
  • fishmonkey2009/01/07 23:39:06
    Brad;77281
    Both Yahoo and Hotmail redirect to https:// whilst logging in


    i was talking about most ISP POP mail services, or the email service that you get with most hosting packages... and, although the login to Yahoo itself is encrypted, the actual webmail interface isn't... i imagine that Hotmail is the same... not surprising, since there is a processing overhead to maintaining encrypted connections...

    another thing, even if a web page is encrypted, not necessarily all communications from all elements on that page are, although a decent browser (like Firefox) will warn you when that is the case...
  • fishmonkey2009/01/08 00:01:02
    jackyblue;77257
    What if you don't have firewall ... I'm running standard McAffee vp??:confused:


    Windoze has a basic built-in firewall, dunnit?
  • sunrise35002009/01/08 11:13:01
    Having tried this while I was in Sydney over Christmas, out of 5 stores....

    At 2 stores didn't work at all.
    At another 1 it worked, but was unusably slow - Sites would keep timing out, need to retry about 10 times and wait and wait and wait.
    At another 1, it was just barely fast enough to check email, occasional time outs.
    There was 1 where it was much more usable for surfing - it wouldn't time out, and it wasn't impressingly fast, but sites did load!

    In the end I gave up and found a net cafe where it was FAST and paid like $2 for an hour or something, although they didn't do frozen coke like McDonalds :(
  • JoshHoward2009/03/08 20:06:50
    Haha A few weeks ago I saw a lady isolated in the corner of a restaurant near a powerpoint she had her laptop plugged inb and charging whilst browsing. She had a tin of pen and pencils and paper and letters etc. scattered around the table. I think it shouldnt be work at home for her its work from Maccas!!!

    Lmao :)
  • JoshHoward2009/03/08 20:07:57
    Also this is totally random but...

    After you have maccas smell your hands.
    It's the most disgusting smell its like money but 10x worse.

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