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Old 08-21-2010, 10:37 PM
 
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I see a lot of that at the B&N coffee shops, they are sitting around not buying but taking advantage of the wifi.
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Old 08-21-2010, 10:42 PM
 
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WEP encryption works very well but for a different reason. Kind of like the way a car alarm works. My computer sees 6 networks. Mine and 5 others. 2 of them are WEP encrypted and 3 arent. Of course hackers will start with the unsecured networks.
Perhaps you didn't see what I was specifically referring to in my post.

My post was basically about people hacking into encrypted password-protected networks for INTERNET use, that is, to use someone's Internet free of charge by finding out their unique password (be it WEP or WPA/WPA2 encyrption).

As you probably know, with an unsecured network...there's no "hacking" involved to use the Internet since there is no password that you need. You just log on and you're ready to go!

But there are people out there who are looking to "use" someone else's Internet by hacking their password hence my post above. That's what I was referring to specifically.

Sorry for the confusion! I intentionally took a different spin on HillCountryHotRodMan's post as I wanted to bring to light this similiar topic that is increasingly occurring.
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Old 08-22-2010, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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there's hardly any cafes in San Antonio that offer free wifi compared to other cities, as noted the article mentions California -- which has a way bigger cafe / laptop culture.
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Old 08-23-2010, 04:59 PM
 
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if its free, people are going to abuse it, comes with the territory

as for security...just create a 12 char wpa2 encrypted pw & enable mac add. filter...you can rest at ease no one will use your network
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Old 08-23-2010, 06:49 PM
 
Location: SA/Pipe Creek
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I think I heard something about Starbucks starting to offer free wifi.
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Old 12-14-2010, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Lake Charles, LA
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I try to be mindful when using wifi. I buy food and a cup of coffee. If I'm going to be at a coffee shop for more than 2 hours I buy something additional for each hour I'm here as a way of saying "thank you"
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Old 12-14-2010, 09:41 PM
 
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So a company offers free WIFI to get customers in the door, then gets mad when they stay?

Why not give time passes and call it a day?
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Old 12-16-2010, 01:11 AM
 
Location: TX Hill Country-Helotes, Pipe Creek/Lake Hills & San Antonio, TX
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So a company offers free WIFI to get customers in the door, then gets mad when they stay?

Why not give time passes and call it a day?

Too funny!!!
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Old 12-16-2010, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Lake Charles, LA
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Yes they offer free wifi, but there are some that do abuse it. When you just sit there for hours and hours and hours and not buy anything, you take away from their profit. If you are going to spend five hours in a coffee shop on your laptop then buy something!
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Old 12-16-2010, 09:17 PM
 
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It appears to me that now people are specifically going to Borders, Barnes & Noble, Starbucks, Panera Bread to use the internet...purchasing something is an after thought. There is a lot more hanging out and texting on cell phones--books, magazines, and trash left on the floor in non-eating areas of the bookstores. I see the upside to going to a coffee shop to study because you are not able to eat or drink in the library...but if you are not eating or drinking in the coffee shop, where do the people who want to eat and drink sit?
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