Is it ethical to use other people's unsecured wifi?
October 25, 2004 8:23 PM Subscribe
Wireless Mooching? Dishonest? Dangerous? Or what? [more inside]
posted by wendell to Human Relations (28 answers total)
I got a very good deal on a cheap laptop; in fact, thanks to the bignamestore having to provide a substitution from the advertised deal, I got more than I was looking for, and part of that more is Wireless Capability. Not being all that interested in Wireless, I am also grossly underinformed on the subject. But now, I have discovered that, at the apartment building in which I am currently squatting, I am within range of several wireless networks, including a few that are unsecured, with names like "linksys" and "NETGEAR".
So, please tell me why I should never ever ever connect to any of these strangers' networks. Is it more dishonest than stealing cable? Would I get caught within five minutes? Am I endangering my new laptop to evil infections? Or is there a way to do it that would not be so illegal, immoral or fattenning?
Please don't respect me less because I've asked this question... as if any of you ever respected me at all...