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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabriel1
    IMHO, if I was one of these guys looking to steal personal data, I'd set up an open wireless network, maybe a mobile one in a busy place and let folks come to me......now I have no idea if thats what they do but I personally would think twice about joining an unknown open network.

    I also seem to recall that here in the UK there have been cases of folks being arrested and charged for parking out side homes with open networks and using their bandwidth. As mentioned above, it's theft.

    So as I see it you should think carefully before joining a network that you are uncertain about.

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    Check you wifi every once in a while on your iPad. I'm in a large gated cummunity and three of my neighbors within range have unsecure wifi and my iPad would connect to their system. The only reason I caught it was because they had a higher or lower speed that was different than mine. Once i click "forget the network" it won't connect again.
    When I get this iPad Friday I will just connect to them and do the "forget the network" thing right away.

    Another thing I might add is that people don't have to sit outside of a house any more to connect. There is a wifi antenna you can buy that has a range of one mile. I have have one of these and when I connected it at home here in S. Tulsa there were 47 unsecured residential wifi and 12 free business wifi in range.
    These antennas are great when you have a 7th floor condo on the coast. I can connect to my wifi while on the beach or while sailing. I attach it to a high point on the sailboat.
    I have my wifi extended antenna on the balcony of the condo. Range is more than two miles.
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    Grand or Keystone?

    I have always been amazed at how far a wifi signal will travel. I live a 1/2 mile from another house, and I can see signals from a mile away. I have always kept my network protected since noticing people parked along the road by my house. I cannot be sure of what they are doing, but why take chances? I did know one time. A car was parked in front of my house when I came home, and I pulled in behind to see what was going on. Her actions had nothing to do with computers. There are enough places that give their wifi away. No need to take any chances.

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    This is off the coast of Miami,Florida. Good for streaming Netflix and Slingplayer while anchored in Biscayne Bay.

    The only people I noticed in Tulsa are the police in their car using the free wifi at places like Camille's Sidewalk Cafe when driving home from work late at night.*
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    Let's just throw this one in for the sake of it.

    When you buy a router it has a name and password assigned to it by default eg DLINK AND 0000, or whatever.

    If you leave the defaults and hook up your iPad to it, every time you get within range of another router with the same name and password, you will automatically join that network, because your iPad will recognize it as a known network.

    I have heard that some unscrupulous people are setting up networks to use this feature, in an attempt to do whatever unscrupulous people do.
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    I know a few people who purposely keep their wifi unlocked. They will share with whomever wants to mooch. They don't do that much on the internet and feel that they are paying too much for the bandwidth. The Internet used to be free.
    Usually when I am using a business wifi I'll connect to my ISP via the VPN connection. It adds a little feeling of security for me even though I won't be punching in a credit card number or PayPal password.
    A neighbor was mooching off one of my coworkers. He decided to look around on the moocher's computer since his entire drive was shared.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fid View Post
    I know a few people who purposely keep their wifi unlocked. They will share with whomever wants to mooch. They don't do that much on the internet and feel that they are paying too much for the bandwidth. The Internet used to be free.
    Usually when I am using a business wifi I'll connect to my ISP via the VPN connection. It adds a little feeling of security for me even though I won't be punching in a credit card number or PayPal password.
    A neighbor was mooching off one of my coworkers. He decided to look around on the moocher's computer since his entire drive was shared.

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    I travel a lot out of the country and use every public wifi available sometimes residential if I have to. I use my own 256bit encrypted VPN from my home in Tulsa. I don't trust any wifi but my own even locally in Tulsa.

    The people I know who use residential unsecured wifi use a VPN. Some do quick simple things like pull email,texting,or even Skype through there secured app which is what I used to do when my phone/internet shut down 3 years ago. You can do these thing in your car while stopped at a red light. You can purchase something from your secure Amazon.com app in that time.

    Your coworker friend or anyone else may think he's trying to be clever and leaving his wifi unlocked but it does not matter. The days of just using a PC are gone.
    The others who do the serious mooching have a dedicated computer for gaming or streaming have VPN. Like I said before,people who mooch now may not be your neighbor and can be up to 7 miles away. They use a VPN with computers and iphone/ipad with apps. They just don't care.
    And I don't think your coworker can do anything with a moocher using his wifi who is not even in his neighborhood and using a portable wifi radio streaming a staion in Brazil or a 40 in. wifi enabled TV streaming Netflix.

    Best to just secure your wifi.
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    If someone doesn't limit access to their internet, and it is an open connection there could be two reasons: (1) They may not know about internet security or (2) maybe they do not care if other people access their connection. If I left my wi-fi connection open and it was accessed by strangers how can I get pissed? I say if you have to use an unlocked connection in an emergency go for it. Even if it's not an emergency. It's absurd to think that people wouldn't access your wi-fi connection if it's left unlocked.*Always secure your personal network.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LisaH
    If someone doesn't limit access to their internet, and it is an open connection there could be two reasons: (1) They may not know about internet security or (2) maybe they do not care if other people access their connection. If I left my wi-fi connection open and it was accessed by strangers how can I get pissed? I say if you have to use an unlocked connection in an emergency go for it. Even if it's not an emergency. It's absurd to think that people wouldn't access your wi-fi connection if it's left unlocked.*Always secure your personal network.
    Absolutely true. It's like leaving your keys in your car and expecting someone not to take it for a spin. They MIGHT not, but do you want to run the risk.

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    Pretty interesting stuff. Here is something else that affects me personally. I live in the sticks even though the next town is only 6 miles down the road. At home, no cable available and no wi-fi either. Until last year I was using dial-up to get to the Internet.
    Then Virgin Mobile BB modem stick became available. Now I have ONE bar but manage to get 10 x the speed of dial-up sometimes. At $40/mo I'm still on their unlimited to 5GB/mo plan after that they can slow me down. I usually use between 3 and 4 GB and can use the stick on all my PCs.

    So if I want to do some serious surfing, I go to the public library wi-fi. I pay taxes and that's why they decided to make access free for everyone. No PW needed. So how secure it what I do there? As I said without wi-fi at home or through a work place, I don't have PW protection.

    Tomorrow I'll get my first iPad with 64 GB Wi-Fi AND 4G LTE Verizon. Their data plan is not exactly cheap so I would stilll go to the public library for d/l and anything else that eats up GBs.
    How secure from hacking into my computer or iPad will I be?
    Appreciate any suggestions.


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