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Still Lovin’ The WiFi!

I’m vacationing, relaxing, visiting family. For kicks (because this is how I get my kicks) I use my PDA to check for WiFi connections. I’ve found 3 free (unsecured) WiFi networks in my local travels – one at my brother-in-law’s house (his neighbor, I presume) and two accessible from my sister’s home. One of those is coming from a neighbor. The other, it turns out, is coming from my sister’s computer. When their wireless network was set up by a friend, they neglected to secure it.

Securing it was easy. The problem was getting it so both my PDA and portable computer could communicate with it. Getting a configuration that was able to be configured on all devices proved difficult. I eventually gave up since I prefer to have my portable connected without wires for the duration of my stay. Fortunately, my sister and her husband do not care much that it is left open while I’m here. Before I leave, though, we’ll turn on his security and block any piggybacking neighbors.

The bottom line: I’m still lovin’ the wifi. You haven’t lived until you’ve surfed the web poolside.

About John DeNardo (13012 Articles)
John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

5 Comments on Still Lovin’ The WiFi!

  1. John, are you in Longuyland, NY? When are you coming back? I’ll be there next week…

  2. Oh good idea, let’s discuss our whereabouts on the Internet. That way all the Bladrunner-loving fans who hate me can seek unholy vengeance. :^)

  3. I’m sure they’ll run all over the state to find you using your unsecured wifi signal on your PDA…

  4. Not that I will pipe in here, but even secured wifi is not all that secure. I saw a demonstration on the web (I will find the link later) where a hacker cracked a WEP encrypted network in 10 minutes by simply sending an encrypted packet and then collecting data. Its darned scary – I suggest they setup a nonbroadcasting network with MAC filtering and that will be more than suffcient for most home users. Adding new machines is pretty straightforward and you do not suffer the performance hit often associated with other encryption protocols. Also, I would be careful piggybacking somebody elses internet as there have already been several instances of law enforcement involvement…

  5. And in John’s case, it would be about time the law got involved.

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