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32% Admit Mooching Neighbor's Wi-Fi
Survey: 32% Admit Mooching Neighbor's Wi-Fi
It's the digital equivalent of mooching a cup of sugar, only without asking. Some 32% of respondents to a recent national survey admitted borrowing a neighbor's unencrypted Wi-Fi connection. That's nearly double the 18% who said they borrowed Wi-Fi in a 2008 poll.
Sharing an open Wi-Fi hookup might seem neighborly. But a nosy neighbor could use eavesdropping software to monitor your online haunts. A free, easy-to-use eavesdropping tool called Firesheep has been downloaded more than 1 million times since last year.
Are you taking proper steps to protect yourself?! When a friend was here with a laptop she was shocked at how many connections they found open in my neighborhood.