Most respondents to the survey said that the most important consideration when it comes to public Wi-Fi is that it’s free (56 per cent). While respondents were most likely to be in the pub (20 per cent) when accessing free Wi-Fi, they were also most likely to check work email first (37 per cent) and then transport home (21 per cent), which perhaps implies something about how much they’re enjoying their night out.
Lack of security is a distant concern (35 per cent) compared with getting connected (75 per cent) and how fast the connection is (51 per cent). Only six per cent of respondents make a point of reading the terms and conditions, while most respondents would gladly give away personal details or sign up to sales literature in return for a free Wi-Fi connection. From a company policy point of view, people accessing work email through an unsecured connection is one of the most worrying aspects.
Twenty-one per cent of respondents were most frustrated by restrictions on the sites they could access. Luckily these restrictions should not apply to the two percent of respondents who think they’ll use free Wi-Fi to watch the Queen’s Speech on Christmas Day.
Bruce Miller, VP of product marketing at Xirrus, said, ‘We’d all like to switch off completely around Christmas time, but most of us still need to check work emails and want to post to Facebook, Instagram or any other social channel. Public Wi-Fi isn’t always secure – either for your passwords, credit card details or work emails – so be careful.’