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"Sharing" Wi-Fi

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Date: Nov 16, 2007 - 11:00 AM
Do you know whose wi-fi you're on? has a Sophos report saying "piggybacking" is widespread.

According to Sophos, many internet-enabled homes fail to properly secure their wireless connection properly with passwords and encryption, allowing freeloading passers-by and neighbours to steal internet access rather than paying an internet service provider (ISP) for their own.
Stealing Wi-Fi internet access may feel like a victimless crime, but it deprives ISPs of revenue. Furthermore, if you've hopped onto your next door neighbours' wireless broadband connection to illegally download movies and music from the net, chances are that you are also slowing down their internet access and impacting on their download limit. For this reason, most ISPs put a clause in their contracts ordering users not to share access with neighbours - but it's very hard for them to enforce this.
Well, it's a bit of a guilt trip, but I do advise securing your wireless router. Once someone's behind your NAT they can do a lot of damage.

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