Xfinity offers numerous free WiFi hotspots throughout our community. Please visit https://wifi.xfinity.com/. You will need to enter your address and ZIP code to see a list of nearby free WiFi hotspots.
Spectrum is offering free in-home internet access for 60 days to K-12 and college students who do not already have a current subscription. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees are being waived for new-student households.
SYNCED FOR STUDENTS – FREE WIFI PROVIDED BY BUS
Polk County Public Schools and Polk Vision have teamed up to help improve internet access for our students through a new initiative: Synced for Students.
Beginning Monday, April 27, PCPS will deploy a specially equipped fleet of 50 buses that will serve as Wi-Fi hotspots in areas of need.
Public Wifi Safety
Public WiFi networks are great, but they aren’t always safe. Sharing a network with other people means that your personal information is in danger of being seen or accessed. Protect yourself by taking the following precautions:
- Don’t enter sensitive information. Do your banking and online shopping at home to avoid exposing yourself to identity theft or credit card fraud.
- Use ‘https’ (secure) websites as much as possible. While the most frequently visited websites, such as Facebook and email providers, will automatically convert the URL to a secure connection, keep an eye on the URL to make sure. Chrome users can also install an extension that will encrypt your data to make your browsing safer.
- Forget the network. Unless you specify otherwise, your computer or device will likely remember the WiFi network and reconnect to it whenever you are in range. Doing this can leave your information exposed while you’re not browsing. Avoid this by unchecking “Connect Automatically” in your network settings.
- Enable two-factor authentication on frequently visited sites. By adding an extra layer of protection (i.e. entering your phone number or selecting an accompanying icon) to any password-protected website, you are effectively reducing the likelihood of a hack.
Free WiFi at Businesses
A number of businesses offer free internet access. Please see the list below.
Buffalo Wild Wings
Barnes & Noble
Other Free Wi-Fi Options (please check availability in your area)
Trains and buses