Open Private wwfi NETWORKS

@rosdimy (3935)
Malaysia
May 24, 2012 9:28pm CST
Some of us are quite proud at finding open wifi private networks. The feel lucky at being able o be online without having to pay for Internet access. Is it really worth it? well, access is free. Therer are at least Two main reasons why someone would open his/her/heir private wi-fi network. 1) The person does not care, probably assuming that no one is going to abuse the freedom. 2) The person does not know how to set up network security. 3) The person has a hidden motive. This is something which many of us do not realise. There are software which can be used to track the activities carried out using a computer connected to a network. In this case it may be a case of free Internet access against loss of privacy. Latch on to an open private wifi network with caution. Ensure that you are properly protected before doing so.
2 responses
@jjzone44 (917)
• United States
26 May 12
All three are valid points as to why someone might leave their network open. There is actually another danger in number 3, that is caused by the people in number 2. If they don't know how to set up network security properly, there is a good chance they do not know the proper response to the question of what type of network they are joining. They know they are not at work, and the network is private not public, so they might just choose private, which turns on network discovery. Makes it real easy for someone to have a look at what they have on their computer without their knowledge.
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@rosdimy (3935)
• Malaysia
26 May 12
Many o us do need to be reminded, that is why I started this discussion. Sometimes some of us throw caution to the wind out of desperation to be online. The next door neighbour may not be dumb when it ones to computers.
@PageTurner (2825)
• United States
27 May 12
I had wondered about reason #3. Thanks for making this information available.
@rosdimy (3935)
• Malaysia
28 May 12
There are commercial and free tools available on the Net for tracking purposes. IP Tools and WireShark are free. WireShark is widely used by reackers.