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?