“Hey, can I get onto your WiFi?” she asks, “what’s your password?”
It’s a harmless question – reasonable, even. But what she doesn’t know is that your WiFi password is long. You don’t like the idea of strangers using your WiFi by cracking your password, so it’s complex, made up of random characters, and long. And you don’t feel like typing all of those characters into her phone.
Don’t panic, as you can quickly share your home WiFi with a friend, without the traditional hassle. Instabridge is a (currently) Android-only tool designed to make it simple to share access with your friends – if they have Instabridge, they only need to click a single button. Invite your friends in advance and they won’t need to do anything but open the app and connect. Even if you regularly change your password, Instabridge will keep everything up-to-date so they don’t have to notice.
Of course, to initiate the one-touch-login, the person you’re inviting onto the network will need some sort of Internet access – so this is probably best used for phones for now. And while this is a good concept – even though it’s got a lot of baked-in features primarily intended to promote the product – you must share a public network or invite three friends to use the service before you can browse publicly shared WiFi points, for example.
Which reminds me, if you add enough friends – or make your guest WiFi public to other Instabridge users – you’ll be able to take advantage of any and all publicly shared WiFi points. And by default all networks are shared with friends of friends, meaning that if this takes off there could be WiFi you can use all over your city.
It’s also Android-only, so your iPhone, iPad and computer toting friends will have to type out your password the traditional way. Still, it’s a good concept that will hopefully grow.
- An easy-to-use Android app.
- Share your WiFi password with a friend in a single tap.
- Requires both parties to have app installed in order to function.
- Requires at least some Internet access for initial invite/accept to work.
- Allows you to use WiFi of friends of friends.
- You’re storing your WiFi key in the cloud, potentially putting it at risk.