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Don't Waste Your Money: Best places for free Wi-Fi

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Remember just a few years ago, when all the big cell phone carriers offered unlimited data for smart phone owners? Those days are gone and now you have to watch your data usage. But there is a free alternative you can take advantage of -- without stealing from your neighbor.

YouTube videos, Facebook, Twitter and GPS on your smart phone -- the apps all eat more and more data.

In 2014, with the days of unlimited cell phone data plans just about over, most of us are now forced to keep an eye on our data usage.

The solution? Free Wi-Fi. But where do you find truly free Wi-Fi?

The blog, Finance Triggers, has just listed the best locations to surf free.

Here are the top spots:

- Starbucks
- The public library
- Barnes & Noble
- Panera
- McDonald's
- Most Dunkin' Donuts
- Hotel and hospital lobbies

But from the doesn't that stink file comes scammers trying to get into your laptop or phone when you log on. They sometimes set up phony, free Wi-Fi spots in coffee shops. You log onto their hot spot by accident, and they can get all your personal info and account numbers.

Make sure you are logging on to the facility's true Wi-Fi spot, not just a hot spot that says "free public Wi-Fi." Ask the establishment if you're not sure.

Don't ever do credit card or banking business on free Wi-Fi. Remember to turn off the Wi-Fi and use your data plan for anything sensitive that involves credit cards, bank accounts, or changing passwords.

That way you stay safe and don't waste your money.

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