How to hook up to an open connection
Connecting to an open network should be a very simple process (see the advice below if you encounter any problems). Find the network connections icon in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen:
Click on the icon (circled in red above), and select the network you wish to connect to; the name of the network is usually fairly self-explanatory on an open connection (i.e. if you're trying to connect to the open network in a Cafe called 'Cafe Lemon', you should probably look for a network called 'LemonNetwork' or some variation of the above.
If prompted for a security password, ask a member of staff. Many open networks have a password which is freely given to those who ask for it. Occasionally, those who wish to connect may be asked for a small nominal fee (i.e. £5 per annum for regular visitors) and will receive a password in return for your subscription fee.
What risks are associated with open connections?
Open connections do leave users vulnerable to hackers; check that your laptop settings restrict file-sharing applications (to protect your personal data). How to use Wi-Fi hotspots securely.
Why can't you connect?
Your anti-virus software may be set to restrict connection to open networks. Check your anti-virus settings and try again.