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Free Wi-Fi becoming small business solution

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As free WiFi access becomes more popular in coffee shops and restaurants, some small business owners are taking advantage of the free Internet access as a way to cut costs, according to the Washington Post.

Free wireless access has been common among small business owners, but is becoming more important as lending has tightened and businesses must rely on their revenues for the majority of their company's expenses, the source says. Some business owners also enjoy being able to sit in local coffee shops and get away from the office, telling the newspaper it allows them to relax and be more creative.

In addition to saving money and providing an escape from the office environment, the source also reveals that some small businesses may not posses the necessary bandwidth to perform certain job duties, including video conferencing. A recent study of small businesses in Mount Pleasant performed by advisory neighborhood commissioner Gregg Edwards showed that many of the 80 businesses surveyed cited having insufficient broadband service.

Though the free WiFi access may be convenient as well as cost-effective, there are also important security concerns to consider. Open WiFi networks sometimes make computers vulnerable to security threats, particularly if they are not regulated or password protected. Some business owners who may risk having sensitive client information compromised could benefit from having professional liability insurance, which may assist them in dealing with the possible financial consequences that may arise.

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