HotspotSystem splash pages are using SSL (https) security which means that all data is transferred to our servers in secure form (including the payment pages and registration information). We don’t store credit card information as we charge users through a 3rd-party billing processor.

Once the user is logged in, communication from all sites that are using https (Google, Facebook, online banking sites, etc) are secured and encrypted by the browser and going through the router in an encrypted form. The same is true for all secure protocols (ssh, secure pop3 or imap, etc). Data from normal websites (starting with http) and other non-secure protocols are sent as clear text between the user’s computer and the router. This is how public hotspots work. 

In most of the cases users shouldn’t have to worry as almost all payment and banking websites are using secure protocols (including HotspotSystem.com’s payment pages which are provided by a 3rd-party payment processor or PayPal). Splash pages are also secure.

Also, the system is using radius authentication which means that your network cannot be accesses without a valid username and password (this is even the case in case there is no username or password which has to be entered by the user). We’re also using a delayed authentication which means if someone tries to brute-force your network it won’t ‘freeze’. Unlike other WEP encrypted networks which can be ‘hacked’ within minutes, a username/password combination cannot be guessed so easily.

If you would like to know about the security of the hotspot in an existing network (how you can isolate hotspot users so they cannot access your existing network), click here.

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