Using public WiFi

Whether you need to find free and low cost ways of getting online or if you just want to find places where you can use WiFi internet access when you’re out and about, there is a growing range of providers of public WiFi.

The Choose website provides a guide to using public WiFi and information about widely available providers.

If you live in a sheltered or supported scheme managed by Orbit, WiFi may also be available in communal areas – ask local Orbit staff if it is available at your scheme and how you can access it.

If you already have a home broadband or mobile network contract, it’s also worth checking with your provider if access to public WiFi is included in your package. Customers of providers such as BT and Sky can also use public WiFi hotspots, for example via BT FON or The Cloud.

Staying safe online

Public WiFi hotspots offer flexibility for getting online, but there are additional risks around sharing data over a public WiFi connection. The Get Safe Online website provides advice about how to protect your private information when you use public WiFi.

You can find more information to help you surf securely on our staying safe online pages.