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Old 05-31-2011, 11:34 PM
 
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I know a complete computer noob that has hacked WEP networks. It doesn't take networking knowledge, just software and some very basic instructions.
I can do it on my Android phone--and I don't even know the first thing about hacking. WEP is notoriously unsecure. Not to mention this chump blabbing about illegal sharing isn't exactly the brightest bulb in the box.
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Old 06-01-2011, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Even if you don't have enemies, why would you want to share your bandwidth with the neighbors. An open wireless router is asking for trouble, especially if you have shared folders on your network.
It's been 4 years. Not one issue.
and...
You don't know my neighbors.
I do.
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Old 06-01-2011, 10:39 AM
 
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It's been 4 years. Not one issue.
and...
You don't know my neighbors.
I do.
It isn't neighbors I would be worried about, but wardrivers. Wardriving is an excellent way to get anonymous access for illegal activity. Unless you have IPSs and IDSs running to prevent abnormal activity and access (or shut down and trap such), you leave yourself open to some very serious abuses.

Sure, the chances of it happening may be slim, but it only takes one abuse to which it is traced back to you and due to your open policy, you will be 100% liable for the action taken through your WAP.

Though more power to you. If you are willing to take that risk, its your choice. /shrug
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Old 06-01-2011, 11:22 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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The OP just wanted to know if the router should be left on. Now, it has degenerated into whether somebody is going to hack an open wireless connection. Just answer the OP's question.
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Old 06-01-2011, 11:35 AM
 
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Turning off my router has never once even crossed my mind. If someone happens to crack my encryption, spoof my MAC and download a bunch of unmentionable stuff, well then I guess I'll have a problem to deal with.......for now I won't worry
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Old 06-01-2011, 12:39 PM
 
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The OP just wanted to know if the router should be left on. Now, it has degenerated into whether somebody is going to hack an open wireless connection. Just answer the OP's question.
The OP was asking if it was a bad idea, frowned upon, etc... One of the mentions was security to which is why the discussion covered such. Completely within topic.
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Old 06-01-2011, 04:19 PM
 
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It's been 4 years. Not one issue.
and...
You don't know my neighbors.
I do.
But do you know their 14 year old nephew that comes to spend a week-end with them. Do you know the guy sitting in the car just down the street at 2 AM?
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Old 06-01-2011, 04:21 PM
 
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Turning off my router has never once even crossed my mind. If someone happens to crack my encryption, spoof my MAC and download a bunch of unmentionable stuff, well then I guess I'll have a problem to deal with.......for now I won't worry
If your using WPA or WPA2, then your good. I don't worry about it either, but I have secured my wireless.
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Old 06-01-2011, 04:33 PM
 
Location: California
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I've never turned mine off and i have an open network too. Once, when my next door neighbors were moving, they let me know they they were using my connection becasue theirs was already cancelelled. They could only get it in one specific locaton in their house but I was happy to help. It's been up and running for about 12 years without a problem but this isn't exactly a place where people can easily connect to it either.

Just curious, what legal actions have been taken against people who had open access and someone else connected to it? I honestly don't have a clue and might change my mind about this.
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Old 06-01-2011, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Northeast NE
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Michigan man arrested for using cafe's free WiFi from his car

Michigan man arrested for using cafe's free WiFi from his car
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