This disclosure describes techniques that leverage WiFi authentication to enable certain tasks or run certain applications on a mobile device when the user is in a specific location and their device is connected to a specific WiFi network. When the device automatically connects to a WiFi access point, the WiFi network is tested for membership in a predefined list. If the WiFi network is found in the predefined list, it is determined whether the device is within a predefined geofence. If the device is in the geofence, one or more predefined actions are automatically performed. In secure and familiar environments such as homes, offices, and other predefined locations, users can benefit from hands-free, automatic unlocking of their mobile device, authentication to apps, or automation of actions associated with the location and particular apps/services.

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