Actually, I really hope you don’t. Unless it’s deliberate, then I’ll let you off.
Unsecured wireless networks are rather common, both in New Zealand and elsewhere.
Sometimes it’s from a conscious decision to share (Starbucks, Mc Donalds, the library) but generally it’s because the owner of the network has no idea that their network is insecure, let alone how to secure it!
There’s really no excuse for unintentionally having an unsecured network, especially when there’s so many how-to’s floating around and poor students who’d happily show you for a quick buck. So there’s a lot of people that see unsecured networks as an open invitation to make themselves at home, chill out with a few cookies and flick off emails or whatever else they want to do.
But, as you can imagine, there’s a lot of unintentional hotspot providers who are decidedly miffed about the whole thing which has legislators around the world frantically creating policy around what’s legal and illegal use. Continue reading