The other day outside of the IFC Center on Sixth Avenue, I found that my iPhone had automatically connected to the attwifi network, which makes sense since I was within a sight line of a McDonald’s. But it was a weak signal, so when I tried to turn off the WiFi radio, I saw these “open” WiFi networks with familiar names, such as Amazon, Google, Groupon, and Hotels.com.
Now, I know the downtown area is pretty well-connected with technology companies, but I doubt that these open networks are actually run by the companies in question. I am guessing is that these open networks are there to sniff unsuspecting users’ personal data, such as passwords and account numbers.
I wonder if anyone has noticed these networks around other parts of New York, and whether anyone has been brave enough to connect to them.