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Is it illegal to use a neighbour's free Wi-Fi?

If a neighbour doesn't password protect their Wi-Fi, is it illegal to use it?

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matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 26, 2012 at 12:57

No, I don't think so. Hacking is illegal, connecting to unprotected networks isn't.

Pondlife  Apr. 26, 2012 at 13:07

CTPAHHIK  Apr. 26, 2012 at 13:41

It's legal, but unethical.
Rubbish article from BBC. Not telling the whole story - there is more to it than meet the eye.
"Gaining unauthorised access to someone else's network is an offence and people have to take responsibility for their actions. Some people might argue that taking a joy-ride in someone else's car is not an offense either" is another ridiculous statement. Leave it open with key in ignition with a sign inviting everyone to do it and watch it happen.

If someone (including police) breaks into your house that would "breaking and entering". If you leave the door open you are inviting them to come in. If me or someone else enters your house when door is open we would get charged with "breaking and entering", if police does it without any cause they get away with it. Only matters who you have behind your back.

Pondlife  Apr. 26, 2012 at 13:52

True that someone might take said car they would still be breaking the law though. Probably two laws as unlikely to be insured on it.

Anyway that same conviction can be found on other links with less spurious nonsense but thought the beeb a decent source. Seems like no one convicted since then though seen reports of cautions for it.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-494961/More-half-users-steal-Wi-Fi--ONLY-11-arrested.html

jaybear88  Apr. 26, 2012 at 14:43

hahaha Pondlife, you can't use the Daily Mail as a source :p

Pondlife  Apr. 26, 2012 at 14:45

Yeah I was embarrassed to quote it. *blush*

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