"Public Wi-Fi may turn your life into an open notebook" (April 22) was timely, informative and accurate, according to my experiences.
On a recent trip to New York, I made use of Wi-Fi access provided by the hotel to access the Internet, including reading e-mail. My transactions were "sniffed" and my Web e-mail address and password stolen.
The result was that my e-mail account was used to transmit hundreds of thousands of spam messages. We discovered this when we received more than 13,000 e-mail rejection messages from active spam blockers or bad e-mail addresses.
My Internet service provider shut the account for "abuse" and as part of its terms of reactivation warned me of its "three-strikes policy."