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Enjoy free Wi-Fi during the Commonwealth Games

The City of Gold Coast is rolling out secure public Wi-Fi for the Commonwealth Games.

It will be a great way for spectators and tourists to safely access event details, maps, transport schedules, and of course upload photos and videos of the games to social media.

For big events like this, public Wi-Fi hotspots can be just as convenient for cyber criminals as they are for you. So while the games Wi-Fi is fully encrypted – which means data shared over the network is scrambled and impossible for a hacker to make any sense of – you still need to be careful about what you do and share using public Wi-Fi.

Remember: Never use public Wi-Fi to send or receive sensitive information. For example, don't do your internet banking, send confidential emails, enter passwords or credit card details.

How to access the network

The City of Gold Coast's secure Wi-Fi network covers three broad zones: Southport Broadwater Parklands, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach.

You can log into the games' secure Wi-Fi using email. You won't be asked to enter any personal details or passwords, just to accept the terms and conditions.

The system will remember you when you hit a Wi-Fi zone so you don't need to log in each time.

Download limits are 100MB per day if you log in using email. Considering a normal mobile plan is around 7GB per month, you should be able to upload as much as you like!

Staying safe on public Wi-Fi

  • Use two-factor authentication. If your password is hacked and you have two-factor activated on your account—the hacker can't gain access. They need both levels of authentication.
  • Think about downloading a virtual private network from a reputable app store. These protect and secure your identity and information when you're using public Wi-Fi.
  • Make sure your phone, tablet or laptop has a reputable anti-virus installed.
  • Keep software up-to-date.

More information

Stay Smart Online has further information on using public Wi-Fi networks.