After a few months of delays, San Francisco's free Wi-Fi program officially launches today. The city's Department of Technology secured a $600,000 gift from Google to bring wireless Internet service to 32 public parks and recreation centers. The new hotspots extend coverage beyond the stretch of Market Street, from Castro to the Embarcadero, that Ruckus Wireless brought online in a separate $700,000 gift last year. Not all of the networks go live today, however. As the Examiner notes, Boeddeker Park and Dolores Park won't get their service up and running until their renovations are complete later this year and in early 2015, respectively. Eventually the city's technology department will bring all the city's public hotspots—including those in libraries and museums—under the same #SFWiFi moniker. Until then, beware of spoofers and oh, here are some security tips.
· Surf on Turf [Curbed SF]
· Free Wi-Fi for All (Along Market Street) [Curbed SF]
· San Francisco Officially Launches Free Wireless Service in 32 Public Spaces [SF Examiner]
· Staying Safe on Public Wi-Fi [CNET]
· Mapping the 10 Best Free Wi-Fi Spots in SoMa and FiDi [Curbed SF]