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Using unsecured Wi-Fi for long-term use?

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#1 Golden Kiwi

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 03:01 PM

I just moved into a new apartment and someone in the building has an unsecured connection which I’ve been using with no issues (except slower speed) since I moved in a couple days ago. I’m wondering what risks I would be taking if I was to use this connection instead of just setting up my own connection. The thought of saving $60+/mo is appealing but I’m concerned about security issues in regard to paying bills, bank transfers, stock trades, etc. I do have a secure connection elsewhere which I could use for that sort of thing if it would be a risk using it at home. Should I just bite the bullet and get my own service set up?

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 03:20 PM

Not only is it very risky to use unsecured bandwidth. The scenario you describe amounts to theft of service. Or bandwidth theft depending on where you're from.

Yes bite the bullet and pay for your own service. For two reasons. You can be more secure on the Internet and not be at risk for criminal prosecution and paying hefty fines. Which could and would be far more expensive than a few months of Internet service.

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