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CountessDracula Fri 27-May-05 14:26:38

I have just got my new laptop and it has a WLAN card, I can see 3 unsecured wireless networks (am on one now, my neighbour's) and can get on via them!

hub2dee Fri 27-May-05 14:32:27


You may want control over your own account, certain mail servers etc. may reject traffic depending on which ISP you are rooted through, and you never know when it might disappear. Plus, there is the possibility of them seeing your data (which you could protect against)...

hub2dee Fri 27-May-05 14:34:06

Oh, and you are also depending on their router / firewall security for your PC's safety (though again, you can run software for that locally).

CountessDracula Fri 27-May-05 14:35:08

Yes only thing I may worry about is that I wouldn't buy anything over an unsecured network.

However, I don't look at porn or anything so don't care much about anything else! It would save me £20 a month..

Can my neighbour tell I am on her network?

CountessDracula Fri 27-May-05 14:35:51

One of them belongs to Caffe Nero which is quite a long way away! Amazing

SenoraPostrophe Fri 27-May-05 14:58:47


It's highly unlikely that anyone will see what you've been surfing (you'd need to really know what you were doing).

If your neighbour knows what he/she is doing he/she might be able to tell you're using it, but since they have an unsecured connection I'd seriously doubt it.

MoggyMummy Fri 27-May-05 15:29:12

hahaha - hope it ain't my network you are highjacking

hub2dee Fri 27-May-05 15:32:53

You can see all connected clients on a network, yes.

CountessDracula Fri 27-May-05 16:24:57

ah but my computer is just called Vaio so she won't know it's me!

hub2dee Fri 27-May-05 16:58:31

CD... do you ever carry it outside your house ? In a bag ? Marked VAIO ?


Actually, you can change your computer name to whatever you want. It's just editable text in your network settings area.

hub2dee Fri 27-May-05 16:59:30

(duhhhh... maybe it's not a laptop, hub2dee).

Look: I'm smiling at myself... that's worrying.

scottishmumto1 Fri 27-May-05 18:20:59

what the h**l is broadband???????????????

CountessDracula Fri 27-May-05 18:45:39

You are kidding!

CountessDracula Fri 27-May-05 18:48:05

Nope I don't take it out is my personal laptop

scottishmumto1 Fri 27-May-05 18:52:13

yeah of course i know what broadband is, just silly bt cant get it to us. you think being the 21st century and the amount of money they take of me every quarter, i should get it, but oh no. i would love it, it would be great to go faster on this computer that i get annoyed at regularly for being slow

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