It is proper Netiquette to mute the sound. Do mute the sound when not using earphones in public.
Many websites use audio. Some legitimate sites have audio that automatically plays when visitors arrive. Autoplay audio disrupts a Hotspot. The type of audio and volume determine how disruptive it is. Even the Windows startup sound can be disruptive. It does not make noise if it is muted in the previous session.
Everyone looks at a computer when it makes noise in a hotspot. It could be a classroom or a coffee shop. The user looks around and trys to silence the device. Pressing the mute key is the fastest way to silence a websites audio.
Know where the mute button is located. Volume should be muted when surfing without headphones. Before the device is turned off it should be muted so it will not make noise when turned on again.
Mute the sound because it distracts us.
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