By: MarkJ - 8 January, 2010 (8:14 AM)
, a free wireless Wi-Fi
broadband Hotspot locator website with a database of 47,000,000 access points around the world, has revealed that 40% of Hotspots in the USA are unlocked and do not require a security password. This compares with 25% in Europe.
According to WeFi’s data, a traveler would find a higher percentage of open hotspots in countries such as Thailand, Israel, Brazil, Argentina and the Bahamas as compared with both the US and Europe. Across the world, approximately 30% of recorded Wi-Fi
access points are unlocked, while some 70% are locked
Within Europe, out of the Top 10 countries in terms of Wi-Fi
deployment, WeFi reveals that the most "Wi-Fi friendly countries
" are Belgium and Norway, while the highest percentage of locked access points can be found in Germany and Spain.
Interestingly WeFi appears to measure the Wi-Fi
" nature of countries by whether or not their access points have been secured, which seems a little bizarre, especially given the current legal (illegal downloads etc.) and general risks (hackers etc.) of running an open network.
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