Is wireless world a secure one for travelers?

Friday, 7 November 2003, 12:43 PM EST

The wireless world is spreading rapidly, offering business travelers equipped with laptops or other devices the chance to connect everywhere from coffee shops to hotel lobbies.

Headed for Boise? Wayport, a leader in wireless Internet access, recently announced that several McDonald's restaurants in that area were now equipped with "Wi-Fi" environments — local networks where a radio signal allows high-speed access.

McDonald's previously announced plans to provide wireless environments in several hundred of its restaurants by the end of 2003. Wayport (wayport.com) says it now provides high-speed Internet access in parts of 12 airports and 675 hotels.

Bangalore, India, recently became that country's first Wi-Fi enabled city with 120 wireless spots, according to m-Travel.com (m-travel.com), which traces developments in that and related fields. It also reports that while Wi-Fi is growing most Internet access is still done by standard dial-up.

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