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Old 11-08-2011, 08:02 AM
 
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I know there has been much controversy over using open wifi. Many say it is not illegal but unethical. I have read some articles that say it is illegal. Anyway, my laptop constantly searches and finds open wifi. My iphone does the same. At my local mall they advertise free wifi but that is limited to one provider but there are many more open wifi's at the same location and my devices do not care which one they connect to. Even at home my laptop and iphone will connect to my neighbors wifi instead of mine from time to time, (for some reason he has both secured and unsecured wifi), and the only way I notice it my laptop runs a bit slower.
I believe that if someone hacks into a secured connection that violates the law but where there is an open wifi there is no right to privacy as the owner has elected not to secure their wifi device.
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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There's been controversy over this?
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Barrington, IL area
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I don't trust the security of open wifi networks. I won't use 'em.
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Fayetteville, NC
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If your signal crosses my property line then why can't I use it.
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Old 11-13-2011, 08:01 AM
 
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If your signal crosses my property line then why can't I use it.
I have 2 thoughts on this.

1. Your taking for free from your neighbor a service he is paying for, how is that not stealing?

2. If your neighbor doesn't care enough to protect his wifi, then surf away!

What would your feelings be if you were stealing his wifi and he accessed files on your computer? Would you consider that unethical? Your "borrowing" his wifi, why can't he borrow your files?
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Old 11-13-2011, 08:19 AM
 
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I don't know how to access files from anyone's computer, nor would I because I am not interested in anyone else's files.

Personally, I would not only NOT use someone else's wi-fi, but I would tell my neighbor. Maybe he just doesn't care, and that is why he leaves it unsecure. Maybe he unsecured it by accident. You should tell him though.

We don't have any neigbor's close enough for me to get their wi-fi, so it's not an issue here.
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Old 11-13-2011, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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I have a neighbor with open wifi. Sometimes my computers connect to it. I have no idea which neighbor so I don't worry about it. My internet speed is faster so I prefer my own network. If they don't want it being used then they can put a password on it. It's their problem.
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Old 11-14-2011, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Land of Thought and Flow
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I've frequently found amusement in accessing someone's unsecure wifi... just to send a print job to their printer giving them instructions on how to secure their router.
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Old 11-14-2011, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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I've frequently found amusement in accessing someone's unsecure wifi... just to send a print job to their printer giving them instructions on how to secure their router.
I actually thought about doing that.
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Old 11-14-2011, 08:55 AM
 
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MOMMMMMMM, the printer is telling me to do stuff!
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