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Use the iPhone to find free wireless while traveling
Authored by: tyip on Jul 13, '07 03:47:28PM

My router has an encrypted password; but you'll be surprised to find how many networks are wide open. Within range of my house, there are 2 unprotected networks out of about 7. So you can still park in front of my house and use someone else's unprotected network - and still annoy me.

With my previous Linksys router, its UI was so bad that I had a hard time finding how to set the password. So your average computer user would simply not know or bother to set up a password.

Along the same line, if a thief steals from an unlocked car, is it the thief's fault or the car owner's fault for not locking his car?

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Use the iPhone to find free wireless while traveling
Authored by: nicka on Jul 14, '07 08:20:41AM

I don't think the best comparison is with stealing. I think it's more like walking into an unlocked house and making use of the amenities without actually taking something -- perhaps watching the TV a bit, or just keeping out of the rain.

In some countries that would be a civil offence, not a criminal one, and that's how I think logging on to an open network without permission should be treated. But the legal situation in some countries appears to be that it is a form of hacking, a criminal offence. So be careful!

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