Connecting with others Wifi..
February 25, 2010 10:37am CST
Is connecting with others Wifi is stealing? Do you think that it is stealing? For me no. Because if they don't want others connect to their wifi then better put a password. Letting it open is also the owner's fault. So mylotters what do you think?
• United States
27 Feb 10
I think this is not a big deal i do it all the time, you are right if people were really concerned they would blockade there wifi with a password. Otherwise I assume that like me they don't care. In fact, I kind of like screwing my phone company by allowing other people to use my service while they only get one fee. I feel like this is my small way of taking back corporate power. Im actually more inclined to do this lately because im annoyed at NBC, a huge corporate power house is overtaking the Olympics. I feel like in my own small way im helping to reclaim a little piece of democracy by sharing my WIFI.
26 Feb 10
Technically it is stewaling, regardless of whose fault it is. The example given by Lamb should be clear enough. Based on your line of thinking I will not be doing anything wrong if I take something belonging to you, because you left it on the desk. There are more than three reasons why a wireless network is not password protected. 1) The owner has no clue about it. A good neighbour would try to find out if this is true, and give a suggestion or advice if it is necessary. 2) The owner thinks good of the neighbours, making the assumption that they would not resort to taking advantage over his/her leniency. 3) The owner expects the neighbours to make an approach on the possibility of sharing. After all he/she has to pay the electricity and Internet bills, and have to ensure that the necessary equipment are working properly. 5) The owner is a spy, collecting details on your Internet activities, and details of your computer. While you are thinking that youhavegained something, you may actually be losing more. There are places where WiFi connection is free, that is not stealing.
• Goa, India
25 Feb 10
Here you must protect your wifi and you are responsible of what is done with it if you let it opened. You can legally connect to your neighbor's wifi, if he is using the same internet provider than you, with your login and password : it's useful when you are away. 3 large internet providers are offering freely this service to their users. Stealing is bad, sharing is better !