This is my sister's query really. She is an absolute beginner & has just bought a laptop with all the bells and whistles. It was a few days before we both had time for me to come and set up her anti-virus software. She doesn't have broadband or anything set up so I thought I'd get her started with a simple dial-up connection initially.
But when I got there, lo and behold her laptop had automatically logged on to a very strong unsecured wireless signal. I quickly installed her Norton security suite and did a scan, no problems detected.
What I'm wondering is, is it OK for her to use this signal? Is there a moral/legal aspect to "borrowing" a connection? I would assume that if anyone is generous/stupid enough to leave their connection unsecured it's fair game, but I'm not really sure.
Also, is her computer secure? I was alarmed that it had logged itself on without her being aware, and wondered if it's some kind of honey-trap.
Maybe I'm just jealous ... all the wireless connections up my street are locked (including mine!).