Can you free yourself from captive.apple.com?

Wi-Fi portals use an ugly hack to intercept a connection when the venue wants you to either pay, log in with an account, or accept terms before using a free network. When you select the Wi-Fi network, your Mac or iOS (or other) device receives a legitimate local network address, but the hack—which dates back about two decades now—hijacks DNS (domain name system) queries.

This means that when your device looks up a site to which you’re trying to connect, instead of returning the correct numeric Internet Protocol (IP) address, the portal’s router instead provides a local network address, which is intended to load a web page through which you navigate your admission to the network.

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