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Bartholomew
08-22-2008, 05:10 PM
Free Wifi! Thank you, tightly packed apartment building! And thank you, person with password "9876."

XKCD makes me laugh so very hard.

Seaclusion
08-22-2008, 05:25 PM
Free Wifi! Thank you, tightly packed apartment building! And thank you, person with password "9876."

XKCD makes me laugh so very hard.

It's free wifi until you buy something online with a credit card and the wifi owner captures your card.

Richard

Shadow_Ferret
08-22-2008, 05:27 PM
You're welcome. I've already downloaded all your stories and have them in submission circulation.

My plan worked. I knew you were too weak to resist the temptation. Bwahahaha!

maestrowork
08-22-2008, 05:43 PM
I sure hope you have firewalls, Bart.

Clair Dickson
08-22-2008, 06:08 PM
XD
As a teacher who has had to resort to poaching the unsecured wifi from some one living next to our little school, I can understand this. I keep getting worried that they'll move or secure their signal... and then I won't have any internet. =P

jst5150
08-22-2008, 06:16 PM
XKCD rocks.

I cruised through Warner Robins, GA, a few days ago with my iPod Tocuh running, seeing what WiFi networks I could pick up. Surprisingly, most were secured. However, a bunch weren't. And some of the names were fantastic. One was called "WhiteBitches."

But, I think Bart's point was that XKCD rocks. And it does.

So does Whubble (http://www.bohdate.com/whubble/index.php?start_from=5&ucat=&archive=&subaction=&id=&).

Medievalist
08-22-2008, 06:19 PM
XKCD is sucker bait.

You're sending your password--and everything else--in clear text.

The users near you, and the owner, can capture and read all the data that passes between you and their router.

jst5150
08-22-2008, 06:33 PM
XKCD is sucker bait.

You're sending your password--and everything else--in clear text.

The users near you, and the owner, can capture and read all the data that passes between you and their router.
I just don't think John and Jane next door, who barely managed to fumble through the instructions for plugging in, connecting and somehow bring to life their LinkSys router are going to chase out to the Warez sites to install, operate and then, later, facilitate use of password-stealing, identity-hacking and data-sucking software. But that's just me. :)

I think they just want to be able to get their Hotmail (in this case, not a metaphor for porn :)) from the bedroom with their extra laptop and don't have a clue how to put a lockdown on their router's services.

Now were we wandering around the former Czech republics, the Balkans or Russia, or even Nigeria, I could see this scenario. But here -- not so much. ;)

And because he didn't, I will: http://xkcd.com/ :)

DeleyanLee
08-22-2008, 06:38 PM
It's free wifi until you buy something online with a credit card and the wifi owner captures your card.


XKCD is sucker bait.

You're sending your password--and everything else--in clear text.

The users near you, and the owner, can capture and read all the data that passes between you and their router.

While I'm not saying that this isn't a concern--I wouldn't have a clue how the dickens to "capture and read all the data". Most people aren't techno-savvy. Honestly, most people I know barely can do a Google search, let alone you're describing.

It's almost like PT Barnum has a whole new area to play in, huh?

Pagey's_Girl
08-22-2008, 07:18 PM
*Makes a mental note to check the firewall at home to make sure it's still operational*

I can pick up three different networks as well as my own at home, but the signals are pretty weak.

Medievalist
08-22-2008, 09:43 PM
All I know is that we routinely have to stop students in the dorms using packet sniffing applications to eavesdrop.

You don't have to have a clue to use them, and they're free. If you're using an insecure Wifi network, there are a couple of things to keep in mind:

1. Don't use a credit card, or engage in online banking or other commerce.

2. Contemplate changing your passwords as soon as you're on a secure network.

3. Keep in mind that you're sharing an IP--if another user on the network is doing something illegal, you may have difficulty yourself.

Old Hack
08-22-2008, 10:56 PM
All I know is that I have no idea what you're all talking about, but I think it might have something to do with Broadband, that elusive and desirable thing which is beyond me and my location, no matter how hard I wish.

Bah.

astonwest
08-23-2008, 03:45 AM
I consider myself fairly technical-minded...so I hesitate to even ask.
But what the hell is XKCD?

Bartholomew
08-23-2008, 04:09 AM
1 - Password Woes

Generally speaking, I only do this when I *need* to google something or access an online dictionary. I'm not, eh, foolhardy.

Same goes for credit cards.

Sure enough, though, SOMETIME today, my neighbor figured out how to network to my printer. It was cute. She printed out, "Can I use this to print something?"

I had no idea how to reply. Boom - six page report on jelly fish, right while I'm sitting there. And then someone knocking on the wrong door trying to find it.

/amused.

stormie
08-23-2008, 05:13 AM
I consider myself fairly technical-minded...so I hesitate to even ask.
But what the hell is XKCD?
Was wondering also.

My neighbors actually use either their names or their house addresses for their computers. And two out of the six signals I pick up are not secured.

Yeshanu
08-23-2008, 06:09 AM
Sure enough, though, SOMETIME today, my neighbor figured out how to network to my printer. It was cute. She printed out, "Can I use this to print something?"

I had no idea how to reply. Boom - six page report on jelly fish, right while I'm sitting there. And then someone knocking on the wrong door trying to find it.

/amused.



:ROFL::roll:

astonwest
08-23-2008, 07:55 AM
Sure enough, though, SOMETIME today, my neighbor figured out how to network to my printer. It was cute. She printed out, "Can I use this to print something?"

I had no idea how to reply. Boom - six page report on jelly fish, right while I'm sitting there. And then someone knocking on the wrong door trying to find it.Just consider it payment for use of their network...