A lot of people still think of a VPN as something that is only necessary for unblocking content, sites and services while they are travelling while abroad.
But the key piece of information many people forget about is that a whole slew of bad entities out there are always tracking you. Those who spy on you and track you includes but is not just limited to your home ISP, cell phone provider, work place, hotel, government and others.
In particular a lot of users feel that in a hotel they might be more anonymous on the internet than at home or on their cell phone. While, some systems have a "somewhat anonymous" login where you just enter your e-mail, the e-mail is usually traceable to you and often times, the system requires proof that the e-mail belongs to you.
Most hotels can actually track you much more easily because they require you to enter your room number and name. Once you do that it is easy for them to trace, monitor and intercept your traffic including man-in-the-middle attacks where they can decrypt your login information.
Products like Antlabs IG421 are a fantastic example of why a VPN is necessary to protect your rights and your privacy.
As you can see below one of the features of a typical wifi hotspot in hotels and restaurants is "Searchable Session Logs". As you can see below it "keeps comprehensive logs of tracked devices, sessions, and users, searchable for troubleshooting and investigation purposes".
Is this legal for them to spy on you? Yes, don't worry about it (insert sarcasm). It is all legal because it's in the fine print when you agree to the Terms and Conditions by signing into the WiFi network. Your only solution is to not use the internet at the hotel or accept their terms.
Our soluton is that you should use a VPN account on all your connections whether home, office, cell phone, wifi at the hotel, mall cafe, restaurant etc..