WiFi is dependent on someoen providing the service. You can legally connect to WiFi-enable networks for 'net access lots of places: Starbucks, airports, hotels, Barnes & Noble stores, etc.Originally Posted by LOstBoy
They have opened up their network for such access and ou'll have no problem using them.
Now, Joe Schmoe's WiFi that he has unsecured (andf there's lots of them out there) is his priovate network. If you don't have explicit permission to utilize his network and get caught, Joe has every right to prosecute you for theft of services.
Realistically, if Joe Schmoe is too stupid to secure his wireless connection, then he probably doesn't know how to catch you mooching his wireless, either.
This is all based on the assumption that all you're doing is connecting, grabbing an IP address and doing some surfing or downloading or whatever. If you go snooping around Joe's network and start screwing with his data, that's a whole other matter. That's easier to catch, easier to pinpoint a culprit and easier to prosecute, as well.
Keep in mind that if you're wanting to surf using your WiFi connection, you've got to have a wireless network to connect to. And THAT has to be connected to the net in such a way that will allow you to access the internet. So latching on to a wireless network doesn't guarantee you unfettered 'net access. Keep that in mind.