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    Two cautioned over wi-fi 'theft'

    This is a discussion on Two cautioned over wi-fi 'theft' within the Website news forums, part of the SkyUser Announcements category; Hmmm... I was just wondering, how it could be claimed that wireless signals were specifically someones property. Surely if you ...

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      Re: Two cautioned over wi-fi 'theft'

      Hmmm... I was just wondering, how it could be claimed that wireless signals were specifically someones property. Surely if you are broadcasting them outside of your home they are then in the public domain.

      If they are unencrypted then they are not specific to that person and they would be, essentially broadcasting to the public. Don't you need a license for that?

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      Re: Two cautioned over wi-fi 'theft'

      spot on ... im my opinion if you do that then you are giving people permission to use it.

      If the guy had just pulled up and used his laptop he's have got away with it - afterall it's nay on impossible to trace a machine by mac ( the adverage user i mean) it was the suspicious activites he did that were his downfall

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      Re: Two cautioned over wi-fi 'theft'

      Whoops I've done that! Although I didn't put cardboard round the windows and wasn't doing anything malicious, I was on holiday in Dorset when I decided to travelling on to North Devon and was desperate to find a B&B down there! Well sitting in the caravan I thought mmm if only I could get onto Google, well armed with my laptop and a 10 minute drive down the road job done!! and no harm to anyone.
      But do agree people should secure there networks and don't worry I will think twice next time!

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      Re: Two cautioned over wi-fi 'theft'

      i ahve done it once or twice lol my dad was looking at houses and i was with him we saw a house we liked and i opend the lappy and found a network ! loged onto it lol and looked at the house lol
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      Re: Two cautioned over wi-fi 'theft'

      To be honest I'm not sure what to think of all this. Part of me thinks that there are people out there who are being taken advantage of, as they know nothing about security.

      Then there are those people who don't secure their router yet understand that the unknown MAC address connected to their router isn't them and then realise it's all too late.

      Both of these people will then complain to the hills that they've been violated and their privacy put at risk.

      And there are those people with an ounce of common sense who secure themselves, that have no sympathy for those who can't be bothered to read the manual for their new router which they've just brought/signed into a contract with.

      So lets say to the masses: "SECURE YOUR ROUTER. YOU DON'T WANT SOME SCRIPT KIDDIE PACKET-SNIFFING YOU WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING AT PR0N!"

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      Re: Two cautioned over wi-fi 'theft'

      Stealing is stealing, The wireless is simply a connection. Using someones bandwidth whether they are secured or not has nothing to do with it. Ill be hearing next that because the young girl was wearing a mini skirt she deserved to be raped! Or if you leave your bike in the back garden and dont secure it you deserve to get it nicked.

      Its like abstract and concrete nouns, just because one isint physical doesn't mean it doesnt exist; ie just because you cant see the bandwidth doesn't make it fair to steal.

      ALTHOUGH... I was connecting to neighbours connection for about 6 months until I realised one day that I was on the internet and hadn't switched my router on!!
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