So what’s going on when we connect to Wifi at the local cafe? We take out our notebook and connect to the Wifi, and then when we try and access a URL, we get an intermediate page instead. The page is maybe asking for a password, or for us to put in our email, and acts as a gatekeeper to the online world. Note that not all places do that – this post is about those that to intermediate access.
Just as a Galactic Hitchhiker generally has a towel with them, a Hi-Tech Nomad always has various forms of technology – phones and notebooks. Not only that, but usually there is the whole back-end cloud server environment upon which maintains our online presence. Computer security is thus a big issue for the digital nomad.
I saw a post on the Independent yesterday about how insecure hotel safes are. Apparently most don’t reprogram the master security code, and so can be opened by anyone who reads the manual. For example, the Saflok master code is 999999 (you need to go into “super-user” mode first; pressing the “Lock” button).
The “Lock-Picking Lawyer” has a video on YouTube demonstrating this: