Starbucks Wi-Fi is convenient. However, there are potential risks to consider before using it. As with any public network, security is not as strong as on private Wi-Fi. Some of its data transmissions may be unencrypted. As long as you keep this in mind beforehand and act accordingly, you should be fine sipping your coffee and browsing the web.
To get online at Starbucks:
Locate the list of Wi-Fi networks that are in range on your laptop, smartphone, or tablet.