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Amazon recently filed a patent for a system wherein while someone is shopping inside of a store, and using that store's wifi connection, the store owner is able to inspect the wifi packets to see if a competitive product is being viewed and then issue a "control" action in response.

Basically if you want to price shop while inside of a retailer, they'll be able to block the action from happening.

http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=9665881.PN.&OS=PN/9665881&RS=PN/9665881
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by:Andrew Leniart
With mobile data plans so affordable these days, combined with the great speeds 4G provides, I don't get why people still auto connect to public wifi hotspots at all? They're fraught with hackers and an easy way of getting yourself infected with something.  

Never use them myself so the expensive patent application is a waste of money on Amazon's part so far as I'm concerned.
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by:Lucas Bishop
In most of the big box stores, I lose my LTE signal and have to use their wi-fi. I use a secure vpn when connecting, but your average consumer just blindly connects.
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Have you ever wondered this when you're traveling or are abroad and using wifi?

https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/29015272/Advice-on-using-wifi-connection-in-Hotel-with-our-iPhone.html
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by:Brian Matis
More and more, lately...  Great conversation on that question, though. Thanks for mentioning it, Kyle!
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