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frisbeedisk
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Is this bad

Post by frisbeedisk » Wed Jul 12, 2006 2:21 pm

Im sitting here typing this out using the connection from some person down the bottom of the street..Is it bad to hoover someone elses connection through wifi, or should i keep on using it, being thier fault for not having the security...yum yum free broadband!!

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Re: Is this bad

Post by robin » Wed Jul 12, 2006 2:23 pm

frisbeedisk wrote:Im sitting here typing this out using the connection from some person down the bottom of the street..Is it bad to hoover someone elses connection through wifi, or should i keep on using it, being thier fault for not having the security...yum yum free broadband!!
In the US I think this is illegal. Not ure about the UK though.

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Post by hambone1 » Wed Jul 12, 2006 2:24 pm

It'll be great until his kid accidentally sucks files out of your computer... or infects your system... or worse...

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Post by robin » Wed Jul 12, 2006 2:26 pm

hambone1 wrote:It'll be great until his kid accidentally sucks files out of your computer... or infects your system... or worse...
Having a fully up to date OS and a firewall should prevent all that.

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Post by corygilbert » Wed Jul 12, 2006 2:34 pm

I used to drive around my neighborhood, scanning for wifi and park outside peoples houses to download torrents of cracked software, while drinking vodka out of a 7/11 cup and listening to recordings of hitler speaking circa 1938 on a broken tapedeck.

jk :D

no really, you're going to hell.

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Post by Sales Dude McBoob » Wed Jul 12, 2006 2:38 pm

If they named their network something like Fluffy Squirrel or Woo-guh Woo-guh then it's considered okay to hop on. If the network is called something like 465299500034# or JOEYJOHNSTON then it's probably uncool of you.





:wink:

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Post by capta1nA » Wed Jul 12, 2006 2:39 pm

If you had your own wireless setup in your home, it would be much faster. Relying on other people's wifi has proven to be extremely unreliable for me. For some reason, my router no longer works as far as wireless so I have to plug in. There are around a dozen networks in my range, but they're all secured.

Chances are, if you download lots of files or stream video, their speed will go to shit. And watch out if you use iTunes - your shared music will probably show up in theirs ;)

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Post by Machinate » Wed Jul 12, 2006 2:48 pm

I say screw'em! If they don't have the brains to set up security for their wi-fi then they shouldn't have gotten it!

;)
- andreas ( I have my own access point)
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Post by burgessa23 » Wed Jul 12, 2006 3:37 pm

I keep mine open on purpose.
I run firewalls on all my boxes (all macs)
I figure it's the right thing to do.

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Post by Patch » Wed Jul 12, 2006 5:46 pm

I'm on free interweb at home. Someone around my street has an open network.

I don't feel any guilt...

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Post by ILTK » Wed Jul 12, 2006 5:46 pm

If people can't spent 10 minutes reading the manual to set up thier wifi securely then they deserve what they get, I can pickup something like 3 or 4 WIDE OPEN connections all the time just sitting in my garden.

How hard is it to set up a key, not have it broadcast, and perhaps setup mac filtering? But they don't, because it didnt work out of the box, so they just turned every security feature of until it did.

People are idiots, like the people that installs a filesharing program, don't want to be bothered actually thinking and just share thier whole C:\ drive.

Do a search for common filetypes like doc, xls, and digicam file formats, hey thanks for the word document with all your passwords named 'my passwords.doc' and the naked pictures of your wife.

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Post by tjwett » Wed Jul 12, 2006 5:57 pm

i know in NYC, legal or not, everyone does this on the regular. there must be a few hundred people who actually pay for service with the other 8 million people in the city piggybacking on their connection. mooch on!

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Post by DeadlyKungFu » Wed Jul 12, 2006 5:59 pm

Just tell the authorities that the guy with the wireless is a terrorist suspect and you were pursuing a citizen's arrest. Not much is illeagal anymore if you're on the 'right' side of the law.

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Post by jamesp » Wed Jul 12, 2006 6:03 pm

My neighbor's line is much faster than my DSL. I'll use it for movies and uploading larger files. In his own words: "I don't charge people walking down the sidewalk for the light from my porchlamp."

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Post by LOFA » Wed Jul 12, 2006 6:12 pm

If the person doesn't want to share and is it too dumb to protect themselves they should not be able to either run a business or have wifi.

I used to share. My neighbors got greedy. I gave one neighbor the the password. sharing is caring, but once my GF's dl-rate went down, well she came first. :!:

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