Are You Mooching Wi-Fi From Your Neighbors?

I was shocked when I read that it is estimated that about one-third of Internet users admit to stealing Wi-Fi from their neighbors. Shocked was too strong of a word. How about dismayed? Actually that is too strong as well. How about not surprised? In fact stealing of Wi-Fi signals has become some type of game in our society. But who do you blame for the stealing of unsecured Wi-Fi?

According to one recent article it states that:

The reality is that many consumers have not taken the steps to protect themselves,” said Kelly Davis-Felner, marketing director at the Wi-Fi Alliance, a non-profit trade group that commissioned the surveys.

This just about says it all. Anyone who doesn’t secure their Wi-Fi is an idiot. Not only can people steal your bandwidth, but they can steal your information.

So why would anyone not secure their Wi-Fi?

One reason is ignorance. Some people believe that because they obtain Wi-Fi from a public hot spot, that it is exactly the same at home. They believe that they have some type of invisible protection.

But here is the biggest problem with not securing your home Wi-Fi. If someone taps into your unsecured Wi-Fi and downloads child pornography, it will look like you were the culprit.

If that isn’t enough to scare you into securing your network, how about this fact. InSoutheast Asia, terroists use open Wi-Fi to communicate with other terroists and to even trigger bombs remotely.

So are you mooching Wi-Fi from your neighbor? If so, do you think you would let them know and help them to secure their network?

Source – USA Today

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I have been writing for LockerGnome since relocating to Missouri seven years ago, where I continue to be a technology enthusiast who enjoys playing with the newest and latest gadgets.

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  • Buffet

    I wouldn’t know a WiFi from a can of paint. Even if I knew, I wouldn’t mooch one. I don’t even covet my neighbor’s……………..anything! LOL.

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Thanks Buffet. I don’t covet my neighbors anything as well! :-)

  • Karl

    I work for a local ISP over here and I have heard many calls come in regards to this kind of problem. Some of the subscribers don’t even know where to begin to even secure their wifi connection until they get hit with a large bill because of it. I often have to help them out since I am on the first line of defense on this to show them on how to do it with combination router, modems, and wireless combine that we provide here. And literally walk them through it over the phone as well as a live session with them on their computer to show them where to go in order to properly set it up.

    And make sure with them that they understand how it was done. And where to go if they feel that they were going through it again. So they can keep their wifi secure on on their own. The ones that already know how to do it is not that bad. It is the ones that don’t know that get complain the most for what they should have done in the first place. Its the ignorant ones you have to make understand these things.

    Karl

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Thanks Karl for sharing your experience with us.

  • http://osmungifts.com Gail O

    I admit, gulp that I have mooched free wi-fi before. We were on vacation in a condo. The condo’s association WI-FI was a password that costs $10 per day. Some one in the condo has an open unsecured wi-fi. For 4 days, I used the open wi fi.

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hello Gail O,
      Thanks for sharing your story.

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  • http://twitter.com/danlamanski daniel ferris

    Like this, good to know thanks