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Are hotels injecting ads into 'free' WiFi services?

Now you may not be able to assume that the price of your room pays for "free" internet.


The rise of smartphones and netbooks mean people want to stay connected wherever they go. And when it comes to being portable, nothing beats WiFi; it's wireless, fast and works with most modern devices.

Most are also willing to pay a premium to stay at WiFi equipped lodgings, for the convenience it gives them. But now it turns out, the quality and speed of your net in your hotel room is not the only thing you need to worry about. Your hotel may also be injecting advertisements into web pages on what they call 'complimentary' Wi-Fi network.

 Are hotels injecting ads into free WiFi services?

Most are also willing to pay a premium to stay at WiFi equipped lodgings, for the convenience it gives them. Reuters

When web developer Justin Watt booked a room at the Courtyard Marriott in Times Square, he noticed something wasn't quite right with the pages he was viewing. Soon, Watt discovered the hotspot was injecting Javascript code into every webpage.

The hotel's Internet service was secretly injecting lines of code into every page he visited, code that could allow it to insert ads into any Web page without the knowledge of the site visitor or the page's creator.

We don't know how many hotels or other supposedly complimentary Wi-Fi hotspots are engaging in similar behavior right now, but there's a brisk business for software of this sort. Now you may not be able to assume that the price of your room pays for "free" internet.

Do you think hotels and Wi-Fi spots have the right to monetize their networks? Or are we just being fooled?


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