Don't Waste Your Money: Use free Wi-Fi to limit data usage

(Toledo News Now) - If you have a smart phone, you may have noticed how you are spending more and more time on it and burning up more and more data, which can lead to a huge monthly bill. Free Wi-Fi can be your best friend if you know where to find it.

YouTube videos, Facebook, GPS on your smart phone. All of these features eat more and more data. The solution? Free Wi-Fi.

With the days of unlimited cell phone data plans just about over, most of us now are forced to keep an eye on our data usage. If so, there is an easy way to limit your data use: by using free Wi-Fi as much as possible.

But where do you find truly free Wi-Fi, without stealing from your neighbor? The blog "Finance Triggers" has just listed the best spots to surf free.

The top spots, according to the report:

  • Starbucks, a comfy office away from home
  • The public library, especially if you need quiet
  • Barnes & Noble, a bonus if they have a coffee shop
  • Panera
  • McDonalds
  • Most Dunkin' Donuts
  • Hotel and hospital lobbies

But from the doesn't that stink file: Scammers try to get into your laptop or phone when you log on by setting up fake, free Wi-Fi spots. Make sure you are logging on to the facility's true Wi-Fi connection. Ask if you are unsure.

Also, it is a good idea to never do credit card or banking business on free Wi-Fi. Remember to turn off the Wi-Fi and use your data plan for anything sensitive that involves credit cards, bank accounts, or changing passwords.

That way you stay safe and don't waste your money.

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