Texas State Library and Archives Commission: Texas State Library and Archives Commission Launches Texas Free WiFi Map

Texas State Library and Archives Commission: Texas State Library and Archives Commission Launches Texas Free WiFi Map. “This interactive online map provides up-to-date location information for public drive-up WiFi hotspots provided by Texas libraries, schools, and nonprofits. The Texas Free WiFi Map is searchable, zoomable, and perfect for educators and students, as well as members of the general public requiring internet access for activities such as accessing library services, skill and workforce development, online job and government applications, virtual court appearances, WiFi-based telephone calls, research, business development and more. It provides site-specific login instructions for users.”

TheCity NYC: WiFi Sign of the Times as New Yorkers Gather Outside Libraries for Free Internet

TheCity NYC: WiFi Sign of the Times as New Yorkers Gather Outside Libraries for Free Internet. “One New Yorker uses the free WiFi in front of libraries to research music. Another watches movies on Netflix as she charges her computer, while a man videochats with a friend on his laptop. Across the city, people without internet service at home or with limited service on their phones huddle in front of or near some of the city’s 207 branches for access at all hours.”

The Next Web: Google asks for government approval to experiment with 6GHz Wi-Fi

The Next Web: Google asks for government approval to experiment with 6GHz Wi-Fi. “Google is gearing up to trial a secret 6GHz network in numerous states across the US, according to a series of FCC filings spotted by Business Insider. The company has requested government approval to experiment with the next-gen Wi-Fi technology in dozens of states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Virginia.”

Northern Arizona University: Navajo Housing Authority, NAU develop interactive web app showing Wi-Fi locations on the Navajo Nation

Northern Arizona University: Navajo Housing Authority, NAU develop interactive web app showing Wi-Fi locations on the Navajo Nation. “Most of the Wi-Fi hotspot access points are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, but times vary depending on Navajo Nation curfew hours. Points can be accessed from any mobile device including laptops and smartphones. Most do not require passwords to connect, however, a few hotspots have been identified for student use only. Wi-Fi hotspots will be updated when telecommunication companies submit new geospatial data.”

Los Angeles County: Los Angeles County Launches New WiFi Locator Tool to Help Residents Get Online During COVID-19 Pandemic

I am normally only covering state-level resources or greater, but Los Angeles County has almost as many people as my entire state (just over 10 million) so I’m making an exception. ANYWAY. Los Angeles County: Los Angeles County Launches New WiFi Locator Tool to Help Residents Get Online During COVID-19 Pandemic. “Any member of the public can dial 2-1-1 to ask for assistance to get information from this website, or can visit the site directly. The website features a search tool, based on the user’s physical address, to connect them to various Internet related services, such as Internet access services for students, the location of free WiFi spots throughout the County (including free hotspots located in or nearby County libraries and County parks) and contact information for both residential and commercial broadband Internet providers and mobile (cellular) Internet providers serving the address.”

The Southern Illinoisian: Illinois releases tool aimed at connecting students to internet

The Southern Illinoisian: Illinois releases tool aimed at connecting students to internet. “As students across Illinois get accustomed to remote learning, state agencies have released a new tool aimed at connecting those who need internet to drive-up Wi-Fi hotspots. The interactive map is searchable by ZIP code and municipality, and the hotspots contain information as to how internet service can be accessed. As of April 15, the map had 200 hotspots aimed at allowing students and parents or guardians to continue social distancing by remaining in their cars while using the internet.”

Public Service Commission of Wisconsin: PSC and DPI Announce Emergency Internet Finder

Public Service Commission of Wisconsin: PSC and DPI Announce Emergency Internet Finder. I am linking to the page where the news release is because the news release itself is a PDF and the link to display the news release is in JavaScript. Yes, really. “On Tuesday, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) announced a new web tool that can assist users in finding free-to-use public broadband locations in their area. These ‘Emergency Internet’ locations are for when a user’s own internet is too slow or not available. While many of the identified location buildings are closed to the public, their Wi-Fi connections remain accessible. Users should stay in their vehicles while accessing the Wi-Fi and only use it long enough to access critical services.”

Politico: City Hall calls Google-backed LinkNYC consortium ‘delinquent’

Politico: City Hall calls Google-backed LinkNYC consortium ‘delinquent’. “New York’s high-tech solution to the pay phone has run into a low-tech problem: money (or the lack thereof). The Google-backed LinkNYC program that was supposed to replace New York City’s payphones with 9-foot-tall ‘Links’ on city sidewalks has ground to a halt. The CityBridge consortium stopped installing Links in the fall of 2018, said New York City’s new commissioner of the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications on Tuesday.”

CNET: Security bug could let attackers snoop on Wi-Fi traffic

CNET: Security bug could let attackers snoop on Wi-Fi traffic. “A new security vulnerability called Krook could have let attackers intercept and decrypt some Wi-Fi traffic. The bug affected Wi-Fi chips from Broadcom and Cypress that are used in devices like phones and laptops, as well as some access points and routers, according to security researchers from antivirus firm ESET. They estimate up to a billion devices could have been vulnerable to Krook.”

Ars Technica: Ten rules for … placing your Wi-Fi access points

Ars Technica: Ten rules for … placing your Wi-Fi access points. Ars Technica is being cute in the headline. Often ASCII text does not work with cute headlines. So the cute part has been removed. “Here at Ars, we’ve spent a lot of time covering how Wi-Fi works, which kits perform the best, and how upcoming standards will affect you. Today, we’re going to go a little more basic: we’re going to teach you how to figure out how many Wi-Fi access points (APs) you need, and where to put them.”

India Times: 400 stations done, Google to end its free WiFi journey

India Times: 400 stations done, Google to end its free WiFi journey. “Google launched Station in India in 2015, as a partnership between Google, Indian Railways and Railtel to bring fast, free public WiFi to over 400 of the busiest railway stations in India and crossed that number by June 2018. While the Indian Railways provided the fibre connectivity for the Internet, Google was responsible for installing and maintaining the access points.”

Neowin: Newly discovered PC malware version spreads through Wi-Fi networks

Neowin: Newly discovered PC malware version spreads through Wi-Fi networks. “A new version of a highly sophisticated Trojan that can spread via Wifi networks has been discovered. The Emotet Trojan that also acts as a loader for other malware has found to now take advantage of the wlanAPI interface to spread to all PCs on a network through the Wi-fi. The Trojan was previously known to spread only through spam emails and infected networks.”

Lifehacker: Find the WiFi Password For Almost Any Airport Lounge Using This Free Map

Lifehacker: Find the WiFi Password For Almost Any Airport Lounge Using This Free Map. “Fortunately, we’re at a point where most of the airports in the United States offer free WiFi in some form. Yes, sometimes you have to watch an ad to get there, but it’s there. That said, sometimes you end up an airport that doesn’t have WiFi, or one that has free WiFi that’s restricted by a time limit. For times like those, the WiFox Google Map can help.” Just make sure you’re using a VPN!

BetaNews: Your Amazon Ring doorbell may have leaked your Wi-Fi username and password

BetaNews: Your Amazon Ring doorbell may have leaked your Wi-Fi username and password. “It has just been revealed that a security flaw in the camera-toting devices made it possible for hackers to access customers’ Wi-Fi usernames and passwords. With these credentials, it would then be possible to launch a wider privacy-invading attack on households, accessing all manner of data and devices on home networks.”

Ars Technica: Ars puts Google’s new Nest Wi-Fi to the test

Ars Technica: Ars puts Google’s new Nest Wi-Fi to the test. “Google says its new Nest Wi-Fi isn’t just Google Wi-Fi plus a smart speaker—it’s new, improved, and with better coverage. This is good news—despite the impressive sales numbers Google says it has for the original Google Wi-Fi, the product never ranked very well in performance tests at Wirecutter, Smallnetbuilder, or here at Ars.”