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.