How to force open a Wifi login page with NeverSSL
If you’re having issues accessing a public wifi login page, you can force it to open using neverssl..
Most public wifi networks require some sort of login, as a protective measure for both their network and its users. Hotels, restaurants, gyms, airports, even Starbucks, depend on this gateway to the internet for security and access control purposes (not to mention, to gather data about us). Only problem is, sometimes these login pages don't like to cooperate with our devices, leaving us stranded on our cellular connectivity. There's actually a very straight-forward reason why these login pages don't work, and just as simple of a solution!
Use neverssl to force load a wifi login page
Wifi login pages can be forced open by accessing any non-encrypted webpage, or website that doesn't use SSL (TLS). SSL provides a secure connection to the target website, changing the search protocol from http to https and (depending on your browser) displays a padlock next to the website URL. In the internet's dark infancy circa 2000, http was the most commonly used application protocol. At that time, it was state of the art, but today is highly insecure and vulnerable to a variety of attacks.
Today, nearly all websites use SSL, encrypting their connection and validating authority of their website. While this is good in the greater scheme of things, it poses a problem for accessing Wifi networks that are poorly-behaved. Basically, the Wifi network that you're having issues connecting to, won’t send you the login page because your device is seeking only https connections and rejecting anything else (it’s more secure that way, your smartphone cares about you). To force a login page to open, we have to directly visit an unsecure website. In our case, we recommend visiting neverssl.com because as the name tells, the website never has SSL (https).
Neverssl.com is specifically designed as a Wifi login forcing website. This one-page website does little more than educate you about how SSL prevents login pages from loading and; of course, opens your Wifi login screen. Technically, you can use any website that is unsecure (uses http instead of https), but with other websites you run the risk of exposing yourself to potentially malicious intent. We just trust that Neverssl.com has positive intent. In some cases, inability to connect to Wifi could be nothing more than poor signal strength, for which I recommend a Wifi booster.
Now, next time you’re at the gym, airport or hotel and can’t seem to load their public Wifi (which you should honestly be avoiding anyways), browse to neverssl.com!
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