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Wednesday, July 06, 2021

The next time you prop open your wireless-enabled notebook computer any old where, think about Benjamin Smith III of St. Petersburg, who made history for being arrested for illicitly tapping into someone else’s open wi-fi access point.

Makes it less convenient for some of us to tap into the Web while out and about. Personally, I rely upon the (unintended) generosity of strangers when visiting my mother’s house in New York, since she’s not likely to ever get Net-connected.

Enabling encryption as a default setting in wirless equipment would obviously kill off this practice. Of course, I’m writing this from an unsecured access point, because the WEP mode is too damned hard to turn on…

- Costa Tsiokos, Wed 07/06/2021 10:45:28 PM
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  1. Trying to find out what, if any, software is available to detect those leeching off my wi-fi network….it wouldn’t bother me as much if my bandwidth wasnt so drastically affected. makes my wifes online gaming a little sluggish as well…..anyhow thanks for posting, perhaps you can help….e-mail me if you can find anything, leave the message topic as “Bandwidth issues” if you get this……thanks Geoff, billings montana u.s.a

    Comment by geoff — 10/03/2021 @ 06:19:00 PM

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