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Captive Portal

A Captive Portal is a web page that a user is presented with, and must interact with, before being allowed access to a particular network.

Captive Portals can be as simple as: only requiring a set of log in credentials, present the user with a ‘terms of use’ policy that they must agree to in addition to entering log in credentials, and at times may even contain ads for the sponsors of a free network.

Captive Portals are common for free Wi-Fi hot spots and can even be used as community bulletin boards.

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