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im Picking up other peoples wirless signal

#1
I havent got t'internet at home but my pc still gets a wireless signal from somewhere i've no idea whose it is as our house hasnt got a landline. But my pc does try to connect and managed to do so for about 30 seconds last night.Should my pc be doing this and is it possible to use said connection myself?
 
#2
my pc identifies other wireless signals. but most have security protection, you're lucky you got 30 secs.
 
#4
It's called 'Wi-jacking'.
Was popular in the cities until people switched onto others getting a free internet ride, and installing detection/protection software.
Your pc should have a wireless card installed to pick up the signal...
 
#6
if you steal other peoples data it is theft and you can tecnically be prosecuted.
 
#7
On a good day my laptop will pick up 5 networks other than our home one, 4 of which are unsecured, the one which is secured I have a password for anyway as its a family members home where I have been known to go when Im hiding from various other people.

But youd have thought people should have the sense to lock their wireless networks as any 'illegal' activity would be traced to their IP when they genuinely might not be involved. Not to mention that having more people with an access point than you are aware of must slow the whole lot down considerably if they were all logged on at the same time.
 

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#11
If i could be bothered, i would find the story on the bbc about someone who got prosecuted for doing that. Although that is someone who took the p1ss a little, as in drove round with a detector and parked outside someones house. I am not sure if there is a way to detect someone else piggybacking your connection?
 
#13
If I leave the house I switch the router off, Get around that Mr Hacker-chopper.
 
#15
I have done it in an emergency when travelling about, using a keyring network sniffer (Maplins £15).

Just be aware that the first person caught doing this was fined £500 and given a 12 month conditional discharge LINK

A man was last week fined £500 after a British jury found him guilty of using a neighbourhood wireless broadband connection without permission. Gregory Straszkiewicz, 24, was also sentenced to a 12 months conditional discharge after he was convicted of dishonestly obtaining an communications service and related offences at London's Islewoth Crown Court
A few other examples are around on the net, usually resulting in tears for the person caught.

Not that I advise doing so, but certain people wishing to hack into other people's "secure" networks (and being fairly competent with computers) have been known to use a programme called "Airsnort". LINK

Personally, I wouldn't recommend going down that path, aside from morality. The authorities tend to think that those who do this are doing so for far more sinister reasons than simply downloading a few films or some porn (such as evil porn, comnunicating with terrorists, etc) and come down extremely hard on people if they're caught. It really isn't worth the effort IMO.

As for security, there's nothing out there that can't be defeated one way or another. Switching off your router when you go out seems about as good as you get, better still, don't use wireless at all. You can buy "ethernet over mains" or "PLC" adaptors that transmit networks through your mains cabling, and with 128 bit RSA encryption, it's about as safe as your credit card number (which doesn't say a huge amount, admittedly). Wireless is not secure
 
#17
Sorry mate, work got in the way for a moment

The wireless network sniffer looks to see if other people's networks are within range of your computer, so it is actually rather useful to you if you intend to connect to one of them with your own pc.
 
#19
The wireless signal can broadcast for approx 100 metres and some up to approx 200 metres! It is advised to enable your security settings as you could get a early morning wake up call from the 'boys in blue' peter pedeo next door or down the road is/has been using your connection!

JDL, Yes you can disable your wireless connection right click the wireless icon in the system tray (bottom right of the task bar) and click disable.

Stilts
 

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