Wireless Internet forum: Perils of Unsecured Wireless Networks

by: dejola February 18, 2005 4:47 PM PST

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Perils of Unsecured Wireless Networks

by dejola - 2/18/05 4:47 PM

I'm finding wireless hotspots all over the place. In fact, I have a couple of friends, both who are new to computers and the Internet, who got lucky. They both bought wireless network adapter-equipped notebook computers recently and both of them immediately found excellent strength unsecured wireless networks right from their home/apartment. They both now enjoy free broadband Internet access.

We were discussing this the other day and this led to a discussion of the perils involved in hopping aboard someone else's unsecured network signals. One friend wondered if what they are doing is legal. The other told of yet another friend who had a wireless network that some unknown surfer hopped on and ran up some sort of a bill. Is that possible?

I've heard that one should secure their wireless network lest others peek into their files and data. But wouldn't that be impossible if file sharing was unselected?

I'd appreciate some enlightenment on these issues.

Thanks.

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