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How to beat most airport Wifi hotspot limitations

Woman and child using laptop at airport
Woman and child using laptop at airport

At every modern airport across the world, access to the internet is an important piece of technological service for millions of passengers, especially those that are in transit.

The average busy or even idled passenger may need to check on pending business emails, share special updates on their social network, or probably wanting to use their gadgets to make an online confirmation or check-in for their connecting flight.

While very few airports around the world are allowing passengers to enjoy virtually free access to their sometimes unreliable airport Wifi systems, most of the larger airports in Europe and some in North America have chosen instead to turn their airport internet access into a multi-million dollar business.

From London’s Heathrow to Amsterdam Schipol, and even within most of the terminals at New York’s JFK international airport, travelers must be prepared to dig into their wallets to use the internet, generally after receiving a free half hour of internet access that is seemingly more like a teaser rather than a free service.

Hence, for many; especially transiting passengers, access to the internet at most major international airports has become more like an eluding luxury rather than a freely provided technological necessity.

But while a handful of travelers would not mind paying for internet access beyond the usually free thirty minutes, others have shunned it, and have since found a simple way to beat the controversial airport internet access limitations without having to break the law, or without having to do anything immoral.

So if you are in for the scoop, then here is how you too can lawfully enjoy free internet access at any international airport public Wifi system that really do not want you to use it for free.

Step 1
Assuming that you are using a Windows powered laptop; - first, make sure that you install a copy of the Ccleaner free software (or any similarly reliable tool) onto your machine, before leaving home.

Step 2
Once you are at the airport (or free-timing wifi facility) and is allowed the initial thirty minutes free internet access; - proceed to browse normally, but for no more than twenty five minutes.

If the free access is for one hour, then you can browse for up to fifty five minutes.

Once your twenty five minutes (or fifty five minutes) is up, stop browsing, close your browser, and then run the Ccleaner software with specific focus on the removal of cookies.

Note: Removing good cookies can have a negative impact on your browsing experience, since your internet history, and certain internet time stamp information, among other things will be collectively removed.

Once that is done, you can optionally restart your computer, or (most importantly) simply proceed to temporarily change your computer MAC address, by following this wiki guide.

Step 3
Once you are past the two steps, simply restart your browser, and you should be able to browse for free again.

However, for continuous free access to the Wifi network, simply repeat steps one and two above at every twenty five of fifty five minutes intervals.

Because the process of beating any free-timing Wifi network would entail removing and resetting traceable data on your laptop, there will naturally be some functional disadvantages to the user, primarily as it relates to data tied to their browser.

As such, step one can result in you losing your entire browsing history, and certain stored credentials. But if those details do not mean anything to you, then step one will be a minor matter.

At step two, you may need to remember your original MAC address, since changing it repeatedly to get free airport internet access would mean that you will not be able to access your home Wifi network, unless you go through back a new login process, or reset the MAC address to its original one.

But generally, this exercise should be a simple and straightforward process for most users, and may be well worth a try, especially if you have at least some basic technical knowledge of the PC.

Nonetheless, if free extended airport internet usage means a lot to you during your travels, then I guess you are now more informed on how to get yourself around to it.

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