Discussion in 'Technical' started by melbo, Feb 1, 2006.

  1. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    ABout 8 months ago, there were about 5 places around me that I could find an open wireless connection for my laptop. Right now, sitting in my truck in a parking lot. I am picking up 17 different networks. Only 5 of them are locked/secured.

    I can hit an access point from almost anywhere in town now. Cool. Might be able to stop my Verizon Broadband card service soon... [woot]
  2. TnAndy

    TnAndy Senior Member Founding Member

    My ISP and I built a tower to bring wireless into my holler.....and their tech and I drove around over on the other side of the moutain thru some subdivisions to see what the reception from the tower to that area was.......you wouldn't believe the number of open networks we found from folks that have a wireless router connected to their cable or phone company DSL incoming......dozens and dozens of 'em.

    If you live in a subdivision, and would hang a small antennae out you window, you'd likely be able to surf off a neighbors connection.

    I did the same thing driving around Nashville last time I went down with the wife for one of her meetings. About any motel/hotel you can get in the parking lot of, you can surf their connection......plus a lot of others.
  3. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Most of the hotels I have checked here lately have secured their wireless networks. :evil:

    What is that Verizon Broadband Card service running you Melbo? Can you get reception with it indoors where a cell signal doesn't work so well?
  4. martywince

    martywince Monkey+++

    Yeah secure your access point.

    Imagine if some bad dude was sitting in a car with 12 out of 17 access points open to his disposal? Now couple this with Skype. Could you see the brown shirts busting down your grandmas door because she was suspected of clandestine communications? All because her grandson set her up an access point and forgot to protect it with WEP or WPA.

    If this article doesn't give you the incentive to secure your network I don't know what would.

    Police warn of Wi-Fi theft by porn downloaders

    Pretty creepy, if your running wifi without encryption not only are you at risk for information leaks, you could be used by hackers, peadophiles, or terrorists!

    Secure that stuff!
  5. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Yeah I drove around town with my wife’s laptop and was really amazed at the non- encrypted home users, would be easy to pull out front after hours and down load till your hearts desire.
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