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Should one protect one's WiFi or just leave it open? Why?


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Sep. 6th, 2005 05:47 pm (UTC)
If I had a wireless network at home, I would protect it if for no other reason than to protect my own systems from intrusion.
Sep. 6th, 2005 05:50 pm (UTC)
I think you would need to protect each systems individually anyway. If that is true then does your answer remain the same?
Sep. 6th, 2005 06:08 pm (UTC)
I would still do so; after all, I'm a military intelligence professional, and security consciousness to the point of near-paranoia has been deeply instilled in me. However, if you're asking about the ethics of allowing someone to piggyback on your broadband connection, my gut reaction is that it is a form of stealing from the ISP. OTOH, if you consider your contract with the ISP as a purchase of a given amount of bandwidth, which you then can use as you see fit, then allowing neighbors or passersby to use some of your bandwidth is little different than you ordering a pizza and then sharing it with your neighbor.

On the gripping hand, if your contract with your ISP explicitly prohibits such sharing, then you're back to the whole stealing thing, legally if not necessarily ethically.
Sep. 6th, 2005 06:15 pm (UTC)
I understand, a) your background and paranoia, I have my own background that leads toward the same tendency; b) the contract and its implications of theft; and c) our American tradition to do things that are technically violations of our contract (or otherwise illegal), time after time. Some see it as civil disobedience extended to those who now have power once held only by government.
Sep. 6th, 2005 07:16 pm (UTC)
Protect it man. I'm paying for that bandwidth and I don't need some else taking up my bandwidth making my porn slow.
Sep. 6th, 2005 07:43 pm (UTC)
I don't need some else taking up my bandwidth making my porn slow.

Well, yeah, that goes without saying.... >;-)
Sep. 6th, 2005 11:24 pm (UTC)
Protect your wifi, or someday you'll get a knock on the door and some serious government dudes will want to talk to you about the evil activity taking place attached to your wifi.
Sep. 6th, 2005 11:58 pm (UTC)
Leaving it in the state that Comcast left it, open, ensures that the jury has reasonable doubt. Protecting it ensures the government dudes can easily prove it was me. [wink]
Sep. 7th, 2005 12:30 am (UTC)
i say share the wealth
Sep. 7th, 2005 01:04 am (UTC)
I used to protect mine. Then I discovered that some older gear won't operate in protected mode with newer gear (the way they handle the "key" isn't compatible).

Then again, since I use a WAP attached to my wired router rather than a wireless router means I can do evil things like leave the WAP running but disconnected from the router. Which makes for very confuused "hackers" if they try to piggyback my wifi while the WAP isn't attached to anything. :-)
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