If your trip to Malaysia isn’t supposed to be a solitary voyage of self-discovery, then you probably want to brag a bit on social media with those picturesque landscapes and turquoise waters – or skype with home. Most modern nations today have readily accessible free Wi-Fi hotspots throughout major metropolitan areas, and Malaysia delivers on that experience.
Here are a few tips on where and how to best access free Wi-Fi in Malaysia.
The state governments of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor have made it mandatory for food outlets in their respective municipalities to provide a free Wi-Fi connection to customers. This service extends to eateries such as McDonalds, KFC and most restaurants throughout the nation. Buying a drink will allow you to access their Internet.
As in most other countries, coffee shops usually offer free Wi-Fi and you will see people with their laptops working or procrastinating while sipping on their drinks. Mega chain coffee shops such as Starbucks, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, PappaRich, and Old Town White Coffee are all required to offer Wi-Fi by their parent group.
There are a number of apps assisting you not only to track the nearest Wi-Fi, but also supply you with their passwords. An example is Kirill Kudin’s free iPhone app, which uses your phone’s GPS and network triangulation capabilities to determine nearby Wi-Fi networks. The limitation of this free application is that it only allows you to search for free hotspots within a 1km radius.
Make sure not to input sensitive information when using a public Wi-Fi. Hacking into the network and tracking its traffic is relatively easy. If you need to make payments, then look to see if you can use services such as paysafecard – which can be bought for cash and allow the user to input a code online – than to be handing out your credit card details.