Many web workers will be traveling over the holidays. If you’d like to stay connected at least some of the time, check out this handy list of nationwide chains offering free Wi-Fi access over the holidays from PC World — from McDonald’s to Panera Bread to Starbucks to Barnes & Noble, you’re not likely to be far from somewhere offering free Wi-Fi, if you know where to look.
As Om and Stacey noted on GigaOM last month, many companies also are sponsoring free Wi-Fi hotspots in some useful locations for travelers, such as Google offering access in 47 airports across the U.S, and Yahoo providing Wi-Fi in Times Square in New York. Google is sponsoring in-flight Wi-Fi on Virgin America flights, but if you’re flying with another carrier, you could try one of these codes for free in-flight Wi-Fi from Gizmodo.
Still struggling to find a hotspot? Check out Mike’s post, “14 Ways to Find a Wi-Fi Signal.” If you’re planing on using public Wi-Fi, you should also read our guide to using VPN to secure your sessions — a few free, easy-to-use applications can secure your data from hackers, even in public locations.
Where’s your favorite free Wi-Fi spot?