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Xfinity WiFi Hotspots

The Xfinity WiFi Hotspots app for Android is available exclusively for Xfinity Internet customers and contains WiFi security features to improve your safety and privacy while using certain Xfinity WiFi hotspots around town. The app enables your device to automatically connect you to Xfinity WiFi hotspots when in range. It makes it easy to find Xfinity WiFi hotspots with enhanced search tools and directions. This app is included with your Xfinity Internet service.

Features:
• Automatically connect to Xfinity WiFi around town, including secure hotspots where available
• "Near Me" locates all nearby Xfinity WiFi hotspots
• View maps and lists of hotspots, with walking and driving directions
• Create and save your favorite hotspots for easy reference later
• View the business category of hotspot locations
• Find hotspots when not connected, using offline data sets
• Support for Google Street view, if Google Maps is installed

Requirements:
• A WiFi enabled device running Android 4.4 and up
• Xfinity Internet service (Performance tier and above)
• Xfinity ID

Xfinity Internet customers:
Look up your existing Xfinity ID (email, mobile phone, or username): xfinity.com/id
Reset your Xfinity password: xfinity.com/password

Comcast Business Internet customers:
Don’t know your username? https://login.comcast.net/myaccount/bc/lookup
Forgot your password? https://login.comcast.net/myaccount/bc/reset

Xfinity WiFi Hotspots
Xfinity WiFi is the largest, fastest WiFi network in the nation, so there is always a hotspot where you need it most. Xfinity WiFi is included with Xfinity Internet service (Performance tier and above) for no additional charge. Stream what you love around town. Save on your mobile data plan.



Learn more about ‘Do Not Sell My Personal Information’ options at https://www.xfinity.com/privacy/manage-preference

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Xfinity WiFi

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Connect on the go with millions of secure WiFi hotspots nationwide

Enjoy Xfinity WiFi at no additional cost — it’s included with your internet service. Plus get access to security features at millions of hotspots across the country.

Optimize your WiFi on the go

Download the Xfinity WiFi Hotspots app to get enhanced security features at millions of hotspots nationwide and to get a better WiFi connection. 

Help keep personal information safe while surfing on secure Xfinity WiFi hotspots.
Seamlessly and automatically connect when you're in range of Xfinity WiFi hotspots around town.
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Easily connect with the Xfinity WiFi Hotspots app, anytime

Just sign in once, and you’ll automatically connect whenever you’re in range. Plus use the app to search for nearby hotspots and access enhanced security features.
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Select "xfinitywifi" in your list of available networks. If you see "XFINITY" on your list of available networks, we recommend installing a secure profile on your device before connecting.

Sign in with your Xfinity email or username and password. Then follow the prompts to install the Xfinity WiFi Hotspots app to optimize your WiFi experience. Forgot your login info?

Restrictions apply. Not available in all areas. Access to Xfinity WiFI Hotspots included with post-pay Internet. Not available to Xfinity Prepaid customers. Actual speeds vary and are not guaranteed. Comcast © 2020. All Rights Reserved.
Sours: https://www.xfinity.com/learn/internet-service/wifi
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Xfinity Wi-Fi Hotspots

My Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspot experience

It’s me, your favorite writer, Rachel Oaks. When I moved to another state last year, an Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspot really saved my hide.

I arrived at my new house days before the rest of my stuff—including my modem/router. Because I worked from home, living without the internet for even a few days would present a real challenge.

But luckily, I was near an Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspot, so I could get online with no problems.

Though the Xfinity Wi-Fi speeds I got weren’t phenomenally fast (I’m guessing around 15 Mbps), my web browser ran well enough to support the online research and writing that makes up the bulk of my work.

Unfortunately, my Xfinity hotspot connection wasn’t strong enough to support video calls, so I switched to my smartphone’s LTE for Zoom meetings with my team.

Though the experience wasn’t perfect, the Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspot got me out of a pickle. It’s a great fallback, so I recommend you familiarize yourself with it to be ready in case of emergencies.

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Description

Xfinity WiFi Hotspots are the largest, fastest on-the-go WiFi network in the nation, so there is always a hotspot where you need it most. Xfinity WiFi Hotspots are included with your Xfinity Internet service for no additional charge. Stream what you love around town, all while saving on your mobile data plan.

Now, the Xfinity WiFi Hotspots app will notify you to install the latest security profile when it’s available to improve your safety and privacy while using Xfinity WiFi hotspots around town.


Features:

• Stay connected at millions of hotspots nationwide
• Automatically create an Xfinity passpoint profile
• Automatically create Xfinity 802.1x profiles to connect to secure hotspots where available
• Helps iOS automatically connect to Xfinity WiFi hotspots, including secure hotspots where available
• Easily locate all near by Xfinity WiFi hotspots with the "Near Me" function
• View maps and lists of hotspots, with walking and driving directions
• Create and save your favorite hotspots for easy reference later
• View the business name of hotspot locations and filter by business category
• Download hotspot locations for offline use

Requirements:

• A WiFi enabled device running iOS 12.0 and up
• Xfinity Internet service (Performance tier and above)
• Xfinity ID

Xfinity Internet customers:
Look up your existing Xfinity ID (email, mobile phone, or username): xfinity.com/id
Reset your Xfinity password: xfinity.com/password


Comcast Business Internet customers:
Don’t know your username? https://login.comcast.net/myaccount/bc/lookup
Forgot your password? https://login.comcast.net/myaccount/bc/reset

Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can decrease battery life. The Xfinity WiFi Hotspots app is optimized to stop GPS use automatically when you are stationary. To disable GPS in the Xfinity WiFi Hotspots app: On your device go to iOS Settings / Hotspots/ Location and select ‘While Using the App’. Some functionality in the app may no longer be available.

​​​​Learn more about ‘Do Not Sell My Personal Information’ options at https://www.xfinity.com/privacy/manage-preference

Version 6.1.2

Your security is important to us. We’ve made it easier to install the latest security profiles to improve your safety and privacy while using Xfinity WiFi hotspots around town.

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5

59.6K Ratings

Does it really work???? ☹️ 1⭐️

If I find a hotspot and I can get it to let me connect it boots me after 5 minutes or less! It always asks for my password! What's with this? I've got The Xfinity security, the app, and 1 time in a month it scrolled a list for me to connect to. Let's see if they really read this! It took 3 yes 3 installs at my home and a month without TV 📺, Phone 📱, and WIFI , And to top it off they lost my old phone number too! At least the company I was with worked. They were slow but worked! My home wifi is the only good thing! Oh 2 year LOCKED IN PRICE YEA RIGHT! ITS INCREASINGLY RAISES EVERY MONTH SINCE MARCH! Until I'm helped and answered my rating stays 1 ⭐️! If I get help and answers I will raise my 1⭐️to what it deserves! Plz watch this post! People do ur homework! They have good home wifi if u stay inside. That's only reason they got 1⭐️! GOD BLESS

Installed and never use this app in over a year.

I was told to download this app along with my xfinity and xfinity hotspots. Rarely do I use any of these apps. Sometimes I check my wifi connection speed, reset my network or router settings, troubleshoot. Mainly log on just to pay my monthly fees. Internet is faster than most other competitors. Tends to go crazy when using wifi. In the middle of doing something Online or watching a show my connection goes away. I go to log back in my wifi settings but my network is not on the list and if it is I cannot connect. Sometimes wifi signal is completely gone. Then I have to either reset my router or just wait for the network to come back up. Very irritating but I’ve gotten use to this process over the past year. I continue to use Comcast because of the vast network nationwide. I can always find a hotspot when I’m running around my city. And price is ok compared to others. I would like consistency and stability with my network connection. Makes me feel insecure having to reboot or reset daily.

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This app is very unsophisticated, so whenever I’m in a hotspot it notifies me to install the latest certificate or whatever but when I go to the app it says there’s no updates or certificates to trust and in settings there’s no profile even though I trusted one to get the hotspot. I’d like there to be a renew lease option or a clear cache for when this happens I can just refresh for when the hotspot is tweaking. Either that or a static certificate option where it can install the latest certificate even if I already have it in case I need to delete the old one for some reason. I don’t even know where certificates are at on ios 14 I don’t think they have them anymore under general. I also just ran into a problem which is why I had to redownload because my hotspot asked for a login which I logged in and it said “no internet available” but usually I’d just shut my phone off and turn it back on and it would connect but today was just a different story and it kept me off and like I said there was no internet and I wasn’t picking up any internet from any other hotspot either as I tested it.

The developer, Comcast Cable Communications, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

Information

Seller
Comcast Cable Communications Management, LLC

Size
28.6 MB

Category
Utilities

Compatibility
iPhone
Requires iOS 12.0 or later.
iPad
Requires iPadOS 12.0 or later.
iPod touch
Requires iOS 12.0 or later.
Languages

English, French, German

Age Rating
4+

Location
This app may use your location even when it isn’t open, which can decrease battery life.

Copyright
© 2021 Comcast Cable Communications

Price
Free

Supports

  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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Why you should NOT be using xfinitywifi hotspots.

Screw the heavy lifting, the most annoying part of moving in 2020 was the lack of Internet in my new place while waiting to get my service setup. This was compounded by the fact that the apartment is basically one gigantic LTE deadzone.

One available Wi-Fi network represented a siren call of connectivity: xfinitywifi. This is Comcast’s public network for its customers to use when out and about, broadcast from many of its customer’s modems. While this was a tempting choice, public Wi-Fi networks are always extremely risky. Plus, Comcast introduces its own customers to security risks when it uses their hardware to broadcast a public network. 

The Problem with Public Wi-Fi

Public Wi-Fi networks are a security nightmare. Frankly, they should be avoided at all costs. Yes, even at the coffee shop.

First off, you have no way to tell if a public Wi-Fi access point is a legitimate service or if it’s a rogue hotspot purposefully set up by attackers to steal data. A wireless network turned on at O’Hare International Airport named “O’Hare Guest Wi-Fi” could attract hundreds of connections – including business travelers working on their laptops – even as a fake network created by the bad guys!

Further, many public Wi-Fi networks are unencrypted – this means the data you send or receive on the network is visible to anybody else who is connected and looking for it. Even if the network is legitimate, cyber criminals themselves can access the network and deploy hardware or software tools to intercept and read any and all data you send or receive on the network. 

In a value-packed bundle for its customers, Comcast’s xfinitywifi networks are particularly susceptible to both of these flaws, while adding at least one other fairly serious vulnerability. 

The Problems with Comcast’s xfinitywifi

Comcast uses its customers’ modems to broadcast a secondary access point it calls an Xfinity WiFi Home Hotspot. This is a public, unsecured network always called “xfinitywifi.” Because Comcast uses both business and residential customer modems to broadcast this network, you see it very frequently. 

The fact that Comcast uses its own customer’s private hardware to broadcast the secondary public network is an issue in itself. While it can be turned off, the device’s default behavior is to turn it on. Comcast says that xfinitywifi signals are broadcast as entirely separate from private home networks, but the fact is that they come from the same device. Unless there is physical separation of the hardware within the device, there is a possibility that an attacker could bridge the gap. 

No password is required to connect to xfinitywifi, but after connecting you will be brought to a secondary login page where you need to enter your Xfinity username and password to get Internet access. Once connected, Comcast records the device’s MAC Address to allow for automatic reconnection in the future – though they do need to login every time they connect to the network with a new device.

The default auto-connect feature is fairly dangerous, especially with a public network as widespread and as accessible as xfinitywifi is. When commuting on the T in Boston, you can pass in and out of dozens of xfinitywifi networks. You can usually connect to xfinitywifi access points in coffee shops too, and the convenience of auto-connecting encourages users to use that network. If you’re the type to check and send emails on your commute, or sit down and work in a cafe (in non-pandemic times) it’s very possible your emails and anything else you transfer on such networks can be read. 

To give a specific example of how you could be hacked in one of these situations, we can take a look at a known vulnerability caused by the unsecured network and Comcast’s implementation of MAC Address authentication and automatic reconnection.

Vulnerability CVE-2017-9475 was publicly disclosed during the summer of 2017. It describes the manner in which a cyber criminal connected to xfinitywifi can launch a sniffing attack to collect the MAC Address of other users on the network. From there, attackers can spoof their MAC Addresses to look like other legitimate Comcast customers and make comcast attribute all of the criminals potentially illegal web activity to the victimized customer. 

This is just one tiny example of data cyber criminals can collect and it can be used to make unwitting Comcast customers look like criminals themselves! 

To make matters worse, it’s fairly easy for attackers to spoof xfinitywifi networks. Comcast doesn’t clearly communicate the auto-reconnect feature to customers, so it’s likely someone could find and connect to a fake xfinitywifi hotspot if no other options are available.

When connecting, such a user would be expecting to enter their login information. Clever attackers could even add Xfinity branding to their fake login page to sell the illusion. 

Same same, but different: XFINITY Wi-Fi

Another wireless network broadcast from private residential modems is simply called XFINITY.

This network features the little lock icon and will ask for user credentials before you can even attempt to connect. Unlike xfinitywifi, XFINITY access points are encrypted. 

In order to connect to XFINITY access points, users need to download and use their Comcast credentials to login into the Xfinity WiFi Hotspot app. No app? No secure Wi-Fi access. 

The app has a map of non-residential access points and will help ensure users don’t accidentally connect to a rogue network.

Altogether these improvements do make XFINITY networks significantly more secure than xfinitywifi networks, but it’s still public Wi-Fi. 

A determined hacker connected to the same hotspot can gather encrypted data and some encryption methods can be broken – it just takes more time and effort.

Plus, data sent over HTTP instead of HTTPS is not encrypted and could still be viewed by others connected to the network. Users can usually make sure they connect to websites via HTTPS or avoid ones that still use HTTP, there’s no way to control whether or not mobile messenger and productivity apps do so since there is no address bar to interact with.

So how can I use public Wi-Fi?

Ultimately, we recommend that you never, ever use public Wi-Fi.

There are simply too many variables that you can’t control. There’s never a guarantee that it’s entirely safe. 

If you’re traveling or want to work in a coffee shop, the safest thing you can do is use a personal data access point. In a pinch, almost all modern smartphones can be used as on-demand Wi-Fi routers. This puts you in control, allowing for confidence that your connection is secure. 

If you can’t use smartphone tethering and absolutely must connect to public Wi-Fi, we recommend that you at least use a VPN (Virtual Private Network). VPNs encrypt your data and make it very difficult for would-be attackers to intercept sensitive information. 

How to turn off xfinitywifi? 

Once I moved in, settled, and got my own Internet connection up and running, I made a point to disable the Xfinity Home Hotspot feature. Thankfully, Comcast makes it fairly easy to do so.

Login to your Xfinity account and go to customer.xfinity.com/#/settings/hotspot and flip the switch from “on” to “off.” 

Better safe than sorry!

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