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I got my wife an Ipad2 for Christmas, and am wondering what would be the best way to connect to the net in public places( restaurants, fast food, lobbies ect.) . I'm not very familiar with this, because this is the first mobile device we've had(yeah, never owned a laptop). Would this be where a VPN service would come in, such as hidemyass.com??? I think you can use your cell phone provider for access but all we have is a tracphone, so that isn't an option either.
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the particular place say in a lobby is generally known as a wifi hotspot. you would turn on wifi, it should automatically scan for access points/hot spots SSID. it may even connect to one, but you can choose which AP you want to connect to based on where you are and teh SSID. the SSID should be configured so you know like for example JoesRestuarant.

next most public wifi will have a login in splash screen once connected, usally you have to get a free card with a username and password from the counter wherever you are. some may even charge you a fee for x amount of time. well thats how they do it here.

i think i miss-understood you... you want to know the best way, not how to lol
just using the standard proceedure i described will be fine if you have your own personal security but i dont know what security ipads have. i wouldnt worry about connecting to a proxy or vpn unless you want to be naughty tongue.gif, just dont do any net banking or use online purchases if your really concerned. what i do is just normal browsing on public wifi hotspots tho and never caught a virus or being hacked.

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the particular place say in a lobby is generally known as a wifi hotspot. you would turn on wifi, it should automatically scan for access points/hot spots SSID. it may even connect to one, but you can choose which AP you want to connect to based on where you are and teh SSID. the SSID should be configured so you know like for example JoesRestuarant.
next most public wifi will have a login in splash screen once connected, usally you have to get a free card with a username and password from the counter wherever you are. some may even charge you a fee for x amount of time. well thats how they do it here.
i think i miss-understood you... you want to know the best way, not how to lol
just using the standard proceedure i described will be fine if you have your own personal security but i dont know what security ipads have. i wouldnt worry about connecting to a proxy or vpn unless you want to be naughty tongue.gif, just dont do any net banking or use online purchases if your really concerned. what i do is just normal browsing on public wifi hotspots tho and never caught a virus or being hacked.
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yeah, lol, i should have been a little clearer. I know how to connect, but was i was getting at was the security end of protecting your login info( like facebook, yahoo,ect.) on public hotspots, but thanks for the info thumb.gif
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I'm not so picky about that since only a handful of people are computer literates where I'm from, but In your case, I'd take extra measure I guess, There are alot of VPN and Security choices for such online, Just a quick google search can yield results. Some require you to pay though.
   
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For another security measure.
2-step verification is good for your Account Logins,
and for Facebook you can run Notifications when you login.

I know for the PC you can run Hotspot Shield.
You can also try setting up a VPN at home and connect to that so that all the traffic goes back to your home connection. (Might be slower but you know where it's going)
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