letting people use your wi- fi for free

United States
December 28, 2012 3:29pm CST
do you let others use your internet for free?? I have a Wii and for some reason they had to make a seperate connection that was unsecured just so the internet would work on it. well I have a neighbor that connects to my Wii network off her phone and iPad and now her new laptop. she actually will sit on my porch in the cold to do this. I don't mind really because we are close friends basically like family but I know someone else is probably doing it. my neighbor a long time ago offered to pay part of my bill if I gave him the password but we never accepted that. then he no longer could reach the signal because we moved the computer and box to another room. would you ever do any of that?? or is it you internet that you pay for so no one should use it but you and your family??
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@Mavic123456 (9503)
• Thailand
29 Dec 12
No, I don't mind sharing my Internet. I turn it off after use anyway. It is just an Internet anyway,with or without them connecting to my Internet it is just the same amount anyway, then since they are good family friend hmmmm why not. Sometimes you might need their help in other ways too. Or why not talk to this neighbor and tell her that you will share the Internet fee
• United States
31 Dec 12
my neighbor that uses it is only 16 years old i dont mind her using it and i would never ask her and her mom to help pay my bill they do enough for us anyways. the neighbor that wanted to we dont really like all that much and we dont get a long that well. i dont mind sharing with people tho because i agree it will be the same price with them using it or without them using it and it is nice to help friends and family out.
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• Thailand
1 Jan 13
Yes, though it is quite annoying to know if there are some families in the neighborhood who can afford too and yet they don't acquire because they take it for free anyway. That's a bit grrrrrrrsome, lol.
• United States
2 Jan 13
I agree 100% with that. I don't mind helping out a friend or family when I can trust it'll be safe but also if they can't afford it. now a days they almost expect every household to own a computer and have internet. even to put applications in for jobs you need internet. I can't stand to see those who have the money for it just mooch off the rest of US either. that is one thing that just really gets under my skin.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
28 Dec 12
I would not have an open/unsecured network because anyone can get on it then but if you type in your password so just that person can use it then I don't see an issue with that. Leaving it open just scares me because hackers and such can get your personal information...
• United States
28 Dec 12
yes leaving it open does scare me to that is why we have a separate connection that . is secure for our computers to use. I don't mind typing my password in for a friend to use either but they wanted me to just hand over my password when they were going to pay part of my bill but I just wouldn't see me doing that.
• Jacksonville, Florida
28 Dec 12
Having a separate connection is good so that your computers are safe! =)
@Asylum (48283)
• Manchester, England
31 Dec 12
I am not averse to allowing access to the network on occasions, but as a general rule it is a service that I pay for and is for my use only. If someone was working on my home or garden then I would have no objection to them plugging the equipment into the mains in my house, but I would allow people to use my electricity for person use. I see the internet as being the same as far as access is concerned. My next door neighbour did use my internet for a while before he had broadband installed himself, but he did so with my consent. I gave him the password and even ended up going to his house to set up the connection for him. However, if anyone else gained access then I would immediately reset the router and change the access codes to keep it private. The major concern if you have an open network is that anyone can sit outside in a vehicle and use the connection for illicit purposes, which will then be traced back to your IP address.
@Asylum (48283)
• Manchester, England
1 Jan 13
Assuming that you are using a router then you could try using MAC filtering the restrict unauthorised access. MAC simply stands for Media Access Control and every piece of equipment, whether a computer, internet capable television or Xbox has it's own unique MAC address encoded into it. If you check the manual for your router it should tell you how to set up MAC filtering on your particular model. With MAC filtering enabled only the equipment that you have authorised will be able to connect to the network. This can be circumvented by what is known as "Spoofing" to emulate a different MAC address, but it requires the use of Linux and most people would have no idea how to do this, so the network should be fairly secure.
• United States
8 Jan 13
yes I am using a router. I will definitely be looking into that. Thank you. hopefully this will help to secure my network better
• India
29 Dec 12
I also have a wifi but i don't like that some one steal my network. I always protect it with a password. But i have heard that some apps are avialable in the android market that help the steal password protected wifi network. So beware of such a shameful persons and keep changing your password time to time.
• United States
31 Dec 12
i hate having an unssecure network but the only way to get my wii to work on the internet was to do it that way. we are still working on trying to fix it but after days and days of working non stop trying to get it to work it becomes over whelming and tie to take a break. an app to steal internet connections not that is something i have not heard of and i am not calling you a liar or anything i just cant believe that people have stooped that low and need to have an app for that. i dont see the point in that.
• India
31 Dec 12
Its OK if you did not hear about this what can can i do in this matter but i have heard that some apps are available in the market which help to steal WiFi connections. But just leave it and good buy
• United States
31 Dec 12
the things that technology has developed still amaze me. i guess they couldnt sell it if it wasnt legal. i know i wouldnt be one to own that app because that jsut isnt me but if others want to then i guess that is up to them but i do plan to take your advice and change my passwords from time to time to avoid any issues later on down the road due to this thank you
@wolfie34 (26820)
• United Kingdom
14 Jan 13
I have had trouble with people 'piggybacking' my internet service, which means they use my internet connection without my knowledge and certainly without my consent. So I turn my wifi off, I use ethernet cables for both of my computers and all the wifi is turned off at the modem.
• United States
14 Jan 13
I had never thought about just turning it off when I wasn't using it. I don't mind my neighbor but when it comes to other unknown people using it doing God knows what it becomes an issue. maybe I should start unplugging it when it is not in use. I will say it is usually in use more than its not lol but still it would prevent it from happening. I've known people who use to occasionally turn it off then back on just to kick any unwanted people off and hope they stay off. my company for this has looked many times and haven't found any extra usage but that doesn't mean they haven't before or will in the future.
@KrauseHome (34982)
• United States
3 Jan 13
Personally, mine is password protected so unless someone knows the password they are unable to access mine. I have even been known to change it a few times just to be able to keep others off of it that might have known it once before. We used to have someone in this area everyone could connect too, but they either moved or got smart and now are password protected. Honestly unless I was in a Store or restaurant I feel best knowing I am safe.
• United States
9 Jan 13
I have heard that it is a good idea to change the password every now and then. me personally I do not feel very safe using the Wi-Fi in a store or restaurant you really do not know who is logged in there and what information they are able to get from you.
@ashu770 (36)
• India
2 Jan 13
i also have wifi connection but it is password protected.i allow only my family members and relatives.i dont have unlimited plan so i kept it password protected.if i would have unlimited plan i would be open for all.
• United States
8 Jan 13
I didn't know that you can have a Wi-Fi connection that isn't unlimited. I thought it was all the same. you learn something new every day lol.
@akp100 (13289)
• India
1 Jan 13
Hello I am having wifi on at my place too. I have make it password protected it. But yes can't say no to family members. My cousins and uncle is using it on their phone and laptop too. But as I am having unlimited internet plan I don't mind. But yes because of many connection, I get less speed sometime. So for family members I think its okay for me too.
• United States
8 Jan 13
yes we have a big problem with the internet connection running very slow because usually my husband and I are online at the same time and I am usually on my kindle fire also and then if my neighbor is out front she's online to so our connection does get very slow.
• China
29 Dec 12
Sorry,I wouldn't.In China,most of places including bars,restaurants,airport and ect.,these places all offer Wifi,but they all set the passwords for the wifi which are only for consumer use.
• United States
31 Dec 12
here in the states they also have places like that where there is free wi-fi i think even the libraries have a free wi-fi connection that you can use. the only problem with all that is the neighbor i do let use it they have no vehicle so they cant get any of those places but when it is someone i can trust using my wi-fi i dont mind letting them use it.
@asweetie (1188)
• India
29 Dec 12
HIcrazy, Using of internet free is not a big thing. Internet is not very costly these days. But the real problem in letting everyone use it out side your family can cause lots of problem for you. You must always have strong password on your wifi because terrorists are known to send emails to threaten high govt officials from these kind of unsecured wi fi. Many cases has happened in India too and police come to their home and even made arrests though they were later left off but still they had to face all this.
• United States
31 Dec 12
yes i do understand the risks with an unsecure network but the problem relies in the fact that we tried and tried and tried to get a secure network to work with my wii. i spent days on and off the phone trying to work with them and make it work but the only thing that was left was to make it unsecure. i will say that we were smart enough to get another secure network and that is what our computer run off of so that it is harder to get to our information.
@Otanetix (509)
• United States
29 Dec 12
No, I would not let anyone but me and my family use the wi-fi. The only exception to that rule is that they are people we have invited inside our house and are just temporarily visiting. However, if it's my neighbor, I would never let them continually use our wi-fi for free. Sorry, they need to pay for their own Internet and implement their own wi-fi connection. For tips, I would suggest making sure that your network is secure using any encryption methods other than WEP. I would suggest WPA or WPA2. And if you are worried about which devices has access to your wi-fi network, I would suggest applying a MAC address filter, which should be a standard feature on your wireless router, but you might need to read the manual or go to your router's manufacturer website to get more information.
• United States
31 Dec 12
this neighbor is a 16 year old kid really so i dont mind it to much. she uses it for school and for pleasure and she doent bother us and she does have enough respect not to visit any sites that she shouldnt be looking at. she is more like family to us that a neighbor. they use to have their own internet connection and i will admit they let me use theirs before. it has actually because a big joke in our house we just call her "our little por ch monkey" lol i have wanted to secure this network because i can always type the password in for her but my problem with that is i tried to get a secured network and for some reason for the wii they were unable to get anything but an unsecured network to work on it so i now have 2 connections 1 that is secure for my computers and an unsecure 1 for my wii and my neighbor and my kindle fire but i am going to switch that to the secured network at some point. thank you for that info i will have to look it up sometime to understand exactly what they are and what i can do to get them if it will help protect me to do so.
@topffer (33152)
• France
28 Dec 12
Wi-fi routers of my provider -- 6 millions -- are shared between customers -- it needs a login/password, and is not opened for free to everyone -- and it is great : I can connect easily to the internet with my notepad or mobile -- voip works too -- when I am not at home. It is possible to prevent other customers to connect to the router, but I think that less than 5% of people are doing this... Offering a free access, no, but sharing it is good.
• United States
28 Dec 12
I know it's possible to have secure networks but for some reason it wouldn't work for the Wii no matter what we did. so now we have to connections.
@mariaperalta (19096)
• Mexico
28 Dec 12
Well here in mexico, people steal others wii fii connection without telling them. Not sure how it is there. But here, they dont need permission to steal it...
• United States
28 Dec 12
well here we don't actually need permission either that neighbor just has enough respect to ask us before she just uses it. here people steal that and cable without a care in the world.
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
28 Dec 12
This is not good...There is a way to shield your WiFi from others using it. If she is doing it, then you know that others may be getting access to your personal info while you are using it...Didn't think of that did you? Fix this situation soon...Talk to someone who knows how to do this...
• United States
28 Dec 12
actually I use a different secure network for my computers that is just my Wii that we . use for YouTube sometimes and to play games online. there was no way to secure the Wii connection because it wouldn't work we spent a long time on the phone with windstream trying to fix this but that was the oonly option we had left.