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Rainmaker
761,233
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

Yes, then again I'm from Detroit so living dangerously is in my blood.  I am a trust freak and live by faith.  I remember when many people didn't want to use online programs in fear that others would steal their information or it would get lost.  No me!  I have never, ever kept a backup file.  Life is good!

Sep 12, 2016 12:11 PM
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5,036,221
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I never use public wifi - I am just fine with my iPhone and run my iPad off that

Sep 12, 2016 12:11 PM
Rainmaker
2,817,665
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

I use their wi-fi.  But, I will never open any program that involves my bank acct or CC's there.  I also don't open my email there.

Sep 12, 2016 08:30 PM
Rainmaker
864,658
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

For business...my personal hotspot.

For AR...FREE wi-fi. The more public exposure, the better for business? LOL

Sep 12, 2016 12:14 PM
Rainmaker
4,272,524
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I have a Verizon hot spot! Much more dependable!

Sep 12, 2016 03:02 PM
Rainmaker
5,772,353
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Debbie,

Our hot spot does fine for us. and regrettably most hotel wi-fis contrary to what one thinks are too week to do any damage.  We have tested this at many hotels especially on the high end...In order to get the high end version, you have to pay extra...videos cannot be seen in high res at the finest of hotels.  LOL  A

Sep 12, 2016 02:19 PM
Rainmaker
3,986,196
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I have a special computer I use Wi-FI with.  My main computer that has special info I use a hot spot

Sep 12, 2016 01:13 PM
Rainmaker
1,771,867
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Good question Debbie, I am scared to do banking or anything sensitive in an unsecured area.

Sep 12, 2016 12:48 PM
Rainmaker
1,231,853
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Depends on what I am doing online.

Sep 12, 2016 12:34 PM
Rainmaker
1,237,820
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

other can see I am blogging....

Sep 12, 2016 12:10 PM
Rainmaker
987,652
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I use the hotel since I have a firewall on my puter

Sep 13, 2016 01:22 AM
Rainmaker
2,219,617
Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTAcondos.com
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I do not Debbie Reynolds I have my own personal hotspot that I use.

Sep 12, 2016 10:18 PM
Rainmaker
5,096,866
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I'll use the free wifi. I have very little on my travel computer that is sensitive.

Sep 12, 2016 09:00 PM
Rainmaker
1,187,490
Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

I use the free wifi, never had a problem with my data, keep your fingers crossed.

Sep 12, 2016 08:45 PM
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5,205,375
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!

My phone's hot-spot - no hotel wi-fi for me!

Sep 12, 2016 02:31 PM
Rainmaker
1,525,616
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I use the wiefi in the hotel, but am careful.

Sep 12, 2016 01:55 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Nothing classified here so I do use the hotel wifi .

Sep 12, 2016 01:16 PM
Rainmaker
2,707,721
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

No, I do not use the free wi-fi.

Sep 12, 2016 12:56 PM
Rainmaker
5,852,044
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Never use an open wifi from a hotel or anywhere else.   I have a hotspot on my phone and a good data plan with unlimited data.

Sep 15, 2016 12:01 PM
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3,727,581
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I love my T-Mobile hot spot!

Sep 15, 2016 11:09 AM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

100% depends on what I am doing.  If I'm popping on facebook to post a photo I'm good with the wifi.  If I'm emailing a work related document I use my personal hotspot.

Sep 14, 2016 02:34 PM
Rainer
34,150
Doug Perry
Strategic Real Estate Trainers - Chicago, IL

If you do use the hotel's free wi-fi, it's a good idea to use a security app like Avast SafeZone.

Sep 14, 2016 12:57 PM
Rainmaker
1,659,236
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

I use my hotspot.

Sep 14, 2016 01:55 AM
Rainmaker
4,319,419
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Debbie Reynolds I have my T-Mobile unlimited data pack on my phone which becomes the hotspot.

Sep 13, 2016 04:06 PM
Rainmaker
2,224,473
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I use the hotel wi fi, but I won't be doing any banking while I'm using it. 

Sep 13, 2016 03:03 PM
Rainmaker
4,800,082
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I use the wi-fi, but on a computer that doesn't have any of my personal info.

Sep 13, 2016 09:46 AM
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2,680,289
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     We stayed in a hotel two nights last week, during the power outage following the hurricane.  Regrettably, I had canceled my AT&T WiFi hotspot recently, because I wasn't getting much use out of it.   So, I used the hotel wireless (I did NOT do any online banking).

 

   

Sep 13, 2016 06:41 AM
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Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Never.  I use my hotspot.

Sep 13, 2016 06:32 AM
Rainmaker
1,683,862
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

We do use pubic wi-fi, but rarely travel.  We have used our peronal hot spot though.

Sep 13, 2016 06:08 AM
Rainmaker
1,499,368
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I avoid public wifi whenever possible, unless it suits my needs and on a system designed for it.  For my phone, everything is encrypted by default (thanks Google!), so I'm good there.

Sep 13, 2016 03:49 AM
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3,340,605
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

I do not use free wi-fi in the hotel ... not secure. 

Sep 13, 2016 02:23 AM
Rainer
232,019
Jessie Cochran
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Panama City Realty Group

Yep use the hotels, my machines are quite protected so I have no fear of public wifi

Sep 13, 2016 01:47 AM
Rainmaker
5,583,178
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

whenever I'm anywhere I use whatever free wifi is available....including in a hotel....

Sep 13, 2016 01:13 AM
Rainmaker
4,557,997
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

It depends.  I have been known to use both.  

Sep 13, 2016 01:03 AM
Rainmaker
846,475
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

I have a home in Mexico and travel there often so I use my data plan when there. When traveling abroad I use the hotel wi fi.

Sep 13, 2016 12:20 AM
Rainmaker
3,071,489
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Debbie Gartner nailed this one!

Sep 13, 2016 12:03 AM
Rainmaker
5,197,704
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

prefer my personal hotspot most of the time. Use free wi-fi to check email but never answer with any confidential information!

Sep 12, 2016 11:56 PM
Rainmaker
1,723,426
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

I do not stay in hotels, so No!

Sep 12, 2016 11:33 PM
Rainmaker
2,776,741
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

None of my stuff is top secret nor private however, I dont want to be phished

Sep 12, 2016 11:32 PM
Ambassador
2,420,852
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I use the free wifi if I'm traveling in a hotel, but I don't do any banking or similar activities.

Sep 12, 2016 11:23 PM
Rainmaker
1,466,207
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Debbie Reynolds I agree with Ron and Alexandra Seigel . I gave a presentation to a group using the hotel wi-fi and was barely able to turn the slides. Very weak signal from their conference room.

Sep 12, 2016 11:19 PM
Rainmaker
1,533,163
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

I never use FREE WIFI unless it's at my home or that of a friend/work partner where I still need their password. That's such an easy target for hacking, in hotels, convention centers, coffee shops, etc. I use my Verizon Jet Pack.

Sep 12, 2016 10:53 PM
Rainmaker
3,415,644
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

It depends, if good wi fi, i will use it, if poor, i wil use my hot spot. 

Sep 12, 2016 10:27 PM
Rainmaker
1,617,866
Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I use free wifi then revert to my phone plan.

Sep 12, 2016 10:20 PM
Rainmaker
4,434,127
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Yes

Sep 12, 2016 10:06 PM
Rainmaker
1,712,551
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I use the free wi-fi.

Sep 12, 2016 10:05 PM
Rainmaker
1,840,906
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

I've noticed that it's so slow, why bother? Sometimes when out of state your hotspot might not work as some companies are better regionally with service.

Investigate tethering your phone.

Sep 12, 2016 09:58 PM
Rainmaker
2,352,660
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

the free wifi but I am careful what I access on my computer and I don't keep significant info on it

Sep 12, 2016 09:12 PM
Rainmaker
7,799,084
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I usually use the free wi-fi provided by the hotel.

Sep 12, 2016 09:08 PM
Rainer
321,564
Melissa Jackson REALTOR
Trinity Premier Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

I use my hotspot.  

Sep 12, 2016 02:40 PM