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Old 08-14-08, 10:21 PM
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Should I feel bad for hitching off someone's wifi?

Usually I use my home network router, which uses a 786/128 kbps speed, but after using the laptop in my room and scanning the area, of it 5 networks available, including mine, only ONE other network was unsecured. So for kicks I hitched off that network. As I went to google.com....hot damn did it go FAST!

So of course I go to speedtest.net and check their speed. Well the final result was 5200/1100ish kbps!

Hoo damn, I just entered downloading heaven. Right now I'm downloading a movie at 585 kB/s...usually I download around 90kB/s at home, but woho!! Now I still use my home network for non-downloading actions. I feel bad
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Old 08-14-08, 10:29 PM
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Should I feel bad for hitching off someone's wifi?
Yes. You're stealing. They paid for it...you didn't.
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Old 08-14-08, 10:40 PM
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they might have a maximum gb/mo. that you're cutting into :-/
mine goes roughly 1mb/s down and 100kb/s up and I like to keep the network secured for that exact reason. I actually managed to hit the max gb/mo. cap a few times.
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Old 08-14-08, 10:45 PM
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speaking of which, I see some new computers I've never heard of on the router IP table...
time to change the pw and hack those other computers
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Old 08-14-08, 10:49 PM
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It's porno isn't it, admit it... that's what you're downloading.
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No. It's their damn problem for not securing their wifi.
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Old 08-14-08, 10:59 PM
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Originally Posted by mrbubbles View Post
No. It's their damn problem for not securing their wifi.
+1 If you leave your network open you should be prepared for people to piggyback. I leave my network open in a sense. I use mac filtering and display a message to anyone who opens up a browser while connected to my access point. They can't get any further than that.
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Old 08-14-08, 10:59 PM
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actually it was all TV shows that don't air here, internet radio talk shows, gaming and maybe a little bit of porno on the side

seriously these TV shows are massive, 720p, 300~500mb for 24mins each. that's like 19~31 episodes collectively that I can watch before it maxes out.
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Old 08-14-08, 10:59 PM
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Originally Posted by slvoid View Post
It's porno isn't it, admit it... that's what you're downloading.

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Old 08-14-08, 11:01 PM
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Use your judgement on this. I personally don't do it, but I am lucky enough to have either a wireless AP (WPA2/PSK, 63 character password) at home, and I can plug my laptop into my cellphone, use it as a router.

Just don't do something that will get the owner into trouble. A lot of open APs that were left open deliberately (where the owner "forgot" to close it) are now closed because people abused the heck out of them.
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Old 08-14-08, 11:02 PM
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You're fine, as long as you don't feel bad when they (or others on the network) read your email and steal your passwords.
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Originally Posted by AEO View Post
actually it was all TV shows that don't air here, internet radio talk shows, gaming and maybe a big honking chunk of porno all night long to fill up my 1500gb external brick
The thing is, technically they shouldn't leave their door open but you shouldn't be walking into the house and eating the pie either...
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Old 08-14-08, 11:09 PM
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Old 08-14-08, 11:10 PM
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I wish I had a 1500gb external brick...
too bad it's 95gb/mo. here.
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Old 08-14-08, 11:13 PM
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I wish I had a 1500gb external brick...
You're telling me! I filled up my 150gigs FAST!
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Old 08-14-08, 11:24 PM
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I hate when people secure their wifi in large cities. I mean, I'm trying to use my iPod touch Maps app to show/find my location, and I can't even find a open free wifi spot.
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I hate when people secure their wifi in large cities. I mean, I'm trying to use my iPod touch Maps app to show/find my location, and I can't even find a open free wifi spot.
Wah.
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The question is, will you feel bad after their RIAA suit?
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Should I feel bad for hitching off someone's wifi?

yes...and for all of the other evil things you do....
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The thing is, technically they shouldn't leave their door open but you shouldn't be walking into the house and eating the pie either...
+1. It's their stupid choice to leave the door open, but it doesn't justify eating the pie. Besides, depending on your location piggybagging may be simply illegal (around here it is).

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You should feel bad. Should you cease and desist? That's up to you. If only they had a shared printer in there, you could have some real fun...
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Old 08-15-08, 01:41 AM
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Or open shared NAS...
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I would say it's ok to use it. But...the massive amounts of downloading will negative effect. Back in my apartment we used to have someone who had an open network (named "donate to apt something something",donations were optional). One of the guys in my apartment caught wind of this and started downloading his tv shows. This led to the network being shutdown : [. So do things in moderation lest the network switched to a protected one. The sad thing was that this happened twice (two different networks).

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Old 08-15-08, 02:26 AM
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enabled mac filtering and wpa2 after changing to a more powerful router.
Had a few more visitors then, but yes......Those networks left open
I consider public. Doesn't mean U have to abuse it!

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Originally Posted by deraltekluge View Post
Yes. You're stealing. They paid for it...you didn't.


Originally Posted by mrbubbles View Post
No. It's their damn problem for not securing their wifi.



i did it for +/- 8 months until, one by one, my neighbors secured their accounts.
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