What amazes me is the apparently large proportion of routers that are unsecured. At work I can even pick-up local businesses unsecured WiFi connections - but of course I have not attempted to connect to then.
recently when my broadband connection was down my 9 year old son said"don't worry dad you can use mine".Obviously curious as his pc upstairs has no internet connection i asked what he was on about. He produced his psp from behind his back and started googling away.As vog says,it's unbelievable the amount of people who leave their routers unsecured.Obviously he was naieve to the fact it was illegal and i duly explained this to him. Wonder if the police would prosecute a 9 year old?
and goes to the Royal Opera House at every opportunity. I always drive down and collect her outside the Opera house, and amuse myself whilst I'm waiting (with all the other chauffeurs) by checking out the wireless networks on my PDA.
I can pick up about seven or eight corporate networks, three of which are unsecured, and one public access network from a nearby cafe. The cafe network signal is very strong, and I once asked them if they knew they were broadcasting to such a wide area. They said they didn't mind - anyone was free to connect as far as they were concerned. I use their network regularly now, and have several times posted to the forum from my car.
There are five unsecured networks that I can pick up. I know who four of them belong to and I've offered to set them up to be secured but, only one person has taken my offer up. The others don't seem bothered and my offers have been rejected.
I know that these networks are being abused by both locals and by a few youngsters that drive in from the nearby town and sit in their cars downloading/uploading all manner of (probably undesirable) stuff.