I'm at home right, sitting on my bed, comfortably browsing the net with my wireless on my 2mbps ADSL line. Im also capped...rediculousley low...2GB per month in fact.
*View Available wireless networks* Wow...There are a lot of techie families around me...5 in fact...not so techie enough to secure their wireless networks though...
Is it morally wrong to "Hack" (I don't know if tha word is too strong) into my neighbours networks to browse the net for a little while? Is it their fault for not securing their network...Is it their fault for not locking their front door at night?
People who steal other folk's bandwidth are lowlifes; don't follow their bad example. If you did leave your door unlocked inadvertantly, you'd be pretty relieved if you got home and found that you HAD NOT had someone wander in, eat of your fridge and watch your Sky subscription.
You wouldn't like it if some one was doing it to you, so don't go there. when I first started up my network I was on my lonesome doing a scan now I can see 12 all secured mainly thanks to my neighbour who initiated a leaflet drop the other week telling people that if they had a network named XXX it was unsecured and the offer to secure it for them if they did not know how. be a good neighbour and follow his example, you'll get more pleasure from helping people than ripping them off. Unless you fit ade.h's profile a a person how steals band width.
My son has a scanner and having nothing better to do had a wander around Poundbury in Dorchester (Prince Charles dream suburb). He was surprised at the number of unprotected networks he picked up. It seems as if the manufacturers of wireless devices set them up to default to 'unsecure' rather than the default setting being some sort of security.