Are you mooching off your neighbour’s Wi-Fi
According to a recent survey, 32 percent of Americans admit to surfing on their neighbour’s open Wi-Fi networks.
That’s up from 18 percent in 2008, reports USA Today, and there's no reason to think that the Canadian numbers are that much different.
According to experts, that's a practice that puts you and your sensitive information at risk.
"The reality is that many consumers have not taken the steps to protect themselves," says Kelly Davis-Felner, marketing director at the Wi-Fi Alliance, the non-profit trade group that commissioned the survey.
To that end, an easy-to-use eavesdropping tool called Firesheep has apparently been downloaded more than 1 million times since last year.
Reliability is another reason to pay for your own access. If you’re a heavy user or need the Internet to work from home, relying on a connection that your neighbour could shut off at any moment is probably not a good idea.
Looking to fight back? Here's how to protect yourself from Firesheep attacks.
It's not that difficult to set up a password. Here’s a how-to guide … and another.
Do you protect your Wi-Fi? Have you had problems in the past. If you’re a happy mooch, don’t you think you should at least let them know?
By Gordon Powers, MSN Money