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If you use public Wi-fi in hotels, cafes, the airport etc. then be cautious; this is the advise from the Information Commisioner's Office Blog, who remind us that when we sign-up to use these "free" services the personal data we are obliged to provide (well, this usually depends on how desperate you are to get connected) will inevitably be sold to third-party businesses and used for future marketing purposes. So, even if it's just your email address (although I've personally seen some providers requesting full postal address and telephone numbers) when you agree to their terms of service you are practically consenting to receive spam.

From a legal perspective, the Data Protection Act (DPA) states that any personal data you share with these service providers can used for specified purposes (which includes marketing) so you should weigh up the pros and cons of giving away your email address. The best solution though is to create a new email address (like a Gmail account) and occasionally delete all the spam.

As more websites make the transition to delivering their content securely and encrypted, this SSL Server Test could prove to be a very useful service for assessing the quality of your secure certificate.


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