CheeseBeger wrote:I'd imaging a huge number have no idea it's illegal, but ignorance is not an excuse.
It just doesn't seem so bad because it is a fixed cost, while stealing water/electricity is a variable cost inflicted on the bill payer. I guess as long as you are not lowering the speed of the owner of the WiFi, the only ones being hurt are the cable/internet companies.
I wouldn't be pissed as long as my connection was still fast. I can see why it's illegal though and at least the penalties aren't stiff if your stupid enough to get caught.
When you share someone's bandwidth, you are definitely lowering their download/upload speed. If that person is merely surfing the web, then they probably won't notice it, but if they're using bandwidth intensive software, their performance could significantly suffer... especially if you're using bandwidth intensive software.
As far as these types of infractions are concerned, I think this one is relatively minor, but it's still stealing any way you cut it.
I was just in California and my sister-in-law and her boyfriend steal their neighbors wi-fi. I held my tongue.