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Using "unlocked" Access Points may be a Felony
Authored by: kevans on Jul 12, '07 11:20:48AM

Some people seem to have misunderstood. Of course it is all right to use a free, public wifi. However, the additional hint that if you can't find one, you can probably park near a large condo and find several PRIVATE wifi ports that are not locked down does raise questions. Using one of them raises both ethical and legal questions. It is unethical because it represents the use of someone else's bandwidth without permission (and possibly at some cost to them, depending on their ISP contract). Although the risk of being charged is slim, in many jurisdictions trespassing on someone elses wifi is a telecommunications crime.



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