Lonely Planet Writer

New app maps Wi-Fi passwords from airports and lounges around the world

Finding an open wireless internet connection while travelling often poses a major challenge for tourists. Making things a bit easier, a new app has been released that shares a map containing Wi-Fi passwords of airports all over the world that travellers can access. A version of the map can be seen below.

 

Created by blogger and computer security engineer Anil Polat, the WiFox app is updated in real-time with information verified from other travellers, pilots and reliable sources. Last month it was released on iOS and this week it has been made available on Android devices via Google Play. The concept is based on a popular blog post that Anil did containing a list of passwords for travellers to easily access, with the hotspots shown on a Google map.

The Wifox app shows a live map of airports, listing their network names and passwords for travellers to easily connect to.
The Wifox app shows a live map of airports, listing their network names and passwords for travellers to easily connect to. Image by WiFox

“I originally had a list of passwords in a blog post on my site where readers could contribute more passwords they came across when travelling. Some time later, a reader gave me the idea to turn the original password list into a map, and I later decided to put it into an app. The goal of WiFox is to create a crowd-sourced map of all the airports in the world so users can get online when travelling, either through the Wi-Fi offered or using airport lounge passwords,” Anil told Lonely Planet News.

O'Hare Airport in Chicago is just one of the many that has its details listed on the app.
O’Hare Airport in Chicago is just one of the many that has its details listed on the app. Image by Nick Harris / CC BY 2.0
For many travellers, finding a suitable WiFi connection can be a huge challenge.
For many travellers, finding a suitable WiFi connection can be a huge challenge. Image by hojusaram / CC BY 2.0

The app includes network names and passwords as well as any other details that might be needed to get online quicker. WiFox has a rating, feedback and verification system so that passwords are as up to date and as accurate as possible for users as well as being available offline.