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Is Piggybacking on Someone Else’s WiFi Theft?

We can of course count on the good folks over at TechDirect to claim that it isn’t theft and using fun Orwellian language like describing WiFi piggybacking as Open Access. Of course the comments section is full of rhetoric about an unsecured Wifi connection being the same thing as a flashing light inviting people to use it. The fact of the matter is that most people do not know how to properly set up a wireless connection. Hell even I’m fuzzy on some of the technical details. Is the average homeowner who was using AOL only a few years ago really to be held responsible? By this same logic anyone who doesn’t lock down their computer Windows logon with a password is giving anyone who stops by open permission to use the computer. After all it’s just sitting there waiting for someone to use it. That kind of reasoning is of course pathetic. There is an extensive listing of free connections and rented connections. You can’t seriously assume that the average unsecured wifi connection is an open invite, anymore than an open door in an area where no one locks their doors is an invitation to move in.

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