Poll: 32% Of Neighbors Mooch Wi-Fi From Open Networks
Many consumers simply assume that having an open Wi-Fi connection is the neighborly thing to do, and since so many eateries and stores provide open hotspots for people to use, there's a train of thought that says it's okay. But the reality is that users can tap into easy-to-navigate software programs that allow network spying, basically allowing anyone with a little know-how to snag credit card numbers, etc. right from your open connection.
That 32% figure is honestly a bit higher than we expected. We've seen fewer and fewer open hotspots in residential neighborhoods lately, but obviously too many routers are still running password-free. Just a friendly PSA: if that's you, password up!