October 28, 2005
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Now let's move on to on Steve's question on using an open wireless network that he's picked up in the airwaves.
Steve, you've raised a good question. While I don't believe there are any official, written laws against using someone else's wireless network, my personal take on it is that if it doesn't belong to me and I don't have specific permission to use it, I won't touch it. But don't listen to me, read what your fellow community members have to say. To get this conversation started, I present to you this week's winning answer by Paul, whose biggest concern is the security risk posed by tapping into an open wireless network. There are many great answers to this week's question, so check out the honorable mentions and other advice from our members. Even our own CNET editor Allen Fear chimed in on this topic with his take. Hopefully, with all this knowledge at hand, we can all best decide what's OK and what's not. So if you have an opinion on this topic, please post it so that we can read your angle.
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If I am at home and my wireless computer picks up a nearby
network, is it OK to use it? Are there any laws against this?
If I do use it, can the person with the service see who is
using it and what I am
Hello, your first question is a variable one to say the least ("If I am at home and my wireless computer picks up a nearby network, is it OK to use it?"). This highly depends on where you live, and whom you live by. ("Are there any laws against this?") I will try to answer both questions, since they are related. As I mentioned, it depends on where you live. We have no law against picking up any open airwave signal. This does not make it OK, though; morals are another issue. Do you want to use someone else's connection without their knowledge? If a neighbor knows you are picking up the connection and doesn't mind sharing it, things might be all right. However, there are other things to consider...
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