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Old 11-14-2011, 09:43 AM
 
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Maybe they are leaving their wifi open as a 'honey pot' to attract neighbors to connect so they can capture traffic, and/or hack your computer while you are connected.

When your computer is connected, it is part of their network. The computer name probably makes it easy to identify who you are. Every windows computer has an administrative share enabled by default, and if they know who you are then password guess becomes easy (your dogs name, etc.)

Or think about that the next time you connect to a public wifi (starbucks, McDonalds). What is that weird dude in the back booth doing on his computer?
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Old 11-14-2011, 10:47 AM
 
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Just wanted to point out to you, OP, that the only reason it connects to his sometimes is because you connected to it (either accidentally or on purpose, not my place to say and frankly I don't care) and now it "remembers" that connection. You can "forget" WiFi connections on almost any device, so that the next time it is near, it won't automatically connect.

Ok, carry on.
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Old 11-15-2011, 06:13 AM
 
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Additionally you can also set the "preferred" network to connect to when within range.
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Old 11-15-2011, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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Maybe they are leaving their wifi open as a 'honey pot' to attract neighbors to connect so they can capture traffic, and/or hack your computer while you are connected.

When your computer is connected, it is part of their network. The computer name probably makes it easy to identify who you are. Every windows computer has an administrative share enabled by default, and if they know who you are then password guess becomes easy (your dogs name, etc.)

Or think about that the next time you connect to a public wifi (starbucks, McDonalds). What is that weird dude in the back booth doing on his computer?
Bolded part is true, but then some of us know how to lock it down.
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Old 11-16-2011, 11:07 AM
 
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Bolded part is true, but then some of us know how to lock it down.
We are a distinct minority. I suspect that the majority don't even know that these share exists, so securing it is not on their radar.
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Old 11-21-2011, 09:59 PM
 
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Or think about that the next time you connect to a public wifi (starbucks, McDonalds). What is that weird dude in the back booth doing on his computer?
My first honest thought would be, he is downloading pron. Then I would hack into his laptop to see if my suspicions were true or not.










....just kidding!
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Old 11-22-2011, 10:46 AM
 
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We are a distinct minority. I suspect that the majority don't even know that these share exists, so securing it is not on their radar.

With that being the case, they wouldn't be smart enough to create a honey pot either.
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Old 11-22-2011, 01:20 PM
 
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If your signal crosses my property line then why can't I use it.
Yup, kind of like my neighbor watering his yard and spraying into my yard. Am I going to complain because something he pays for is being given to me for free?

I will use open Wifi networks, but I would never hack into one that is password protected.
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Old 11-23-2011, 08:36 AM
 
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As I've said in the past on here, most true "hackers" are geeks that feel "the internet should be wide open".
When my nephew was at OSU he and a geek buddy of his did 'war driving'. Driving around with a Pringles can attached to his laptop to find wifi networks.
If they found a business or a house with an open network they would move along to the next one. Until they found secured ones. Those are the people they went after.

Nerds....
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Old 11-23-2011, 10:43 AM
 
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As I've said in the past on here, most true "hackers" are geeks that feel "the internet should be wide open".
When my nephew was at OSU he and a geek buddy of his did 'war driving'. Driving around with a Pringles can attached to his laptop to find wifi networks.
If they found a business or a house with an open network they would move along to the next one. Until they found secured ones. Those are the people they went after.

Nerds....
Got an app for that on my phone that will plot them on a map, I just have to drive around.
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