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Free internet! (or, fun with wardriving)

posted under category: General on December 5, 2005 at 2:00 am by MrNate

It seems our local cable technician can't jot down a MAC address correctly, so we were net-less over the weekend at our new place. The bad thing about that is my wife had some howework due at 5 am on Monday (that's today).

This is when we learned about Alanda's tablet's great wardriving features, including toshiba's radar app where networks come on and off, moving toward the center, closer for higher strength signals. Drag a line from a network to the center and you connect.

We had a lot of fun, and were amazed by how many houses and businesses have wireless networks, and how many of them are unsecured and open. We sure do appreciate the help, residents of Chandler. You're tops in our book ;o)

I'm thinking of taking the password off of my router.

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On Dec 14, 2005 at 2:00 AM dan (http://milkcarton.com) said:
From a humanitarian aspect, opening your access point to the world sounds good. The reality of it is it exposes you a tremendious amount of liability.

This article on arstechnica outlines one of the many reasons you wouldn't want to open your AP http://tinyurl.com/7tvax

All that being said, I'm guilty of firing up net stumbler to find an open AP when I need a map.

-dan
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