You already know that it isn’t a good idea to just hop on any public wi-fi network. You might be logging into the wi-fi of a hacker disguised as the wi-fi network of a restaurant.
There’s a little known feature in Facebook you’ve probably never noticed, that shows you who has free wi-fi, the name of the network and directions to get there.
You’ll find it using the Facebook app on a mobile device. Tap the more icon, the three lines, at the bottom of the screen. There you’ll see “find wi-fi”.
To use it, you’ll need to give the app permission to use your location. Not just when you’re using the Facebook app, but always. That may run down your smartphone battery a little faster, but you can always change the setting when you’re not using it.
It’ll open a map of your location and the nearest public wi-fi network to you. Other networks are also marked — tap one to get the name, address, directions and to visit the business’ Facebook page.
You’ll be able to see the name of their wi-fi network, too. That’s a cool safety measure to keep you from logging into a network that could steal your information.
Where does Facebook get all this? From the business’s Facebook page, if they entered their wi-fi hotspot information.
You can also adjust the map to another area you’re going to be visiting. Select the area and search. This is a feature only available in the Facebook app, you won’t be able to find wi-fi using the Facebook website.
It’s also a good idea, when you visit one of those businesses, to double check the wi-fi name and password with someone who works there to make sure you’re connecting to the right one.