Is Someone Stealing Your Internet Connection?
Someone could be stealing your Internet service right now – – and you would never know it. Thieves are using wireless technology to help themselves to your connection.
Now, compare that screed with a recent NPR interview regarding the same topic with the NY Times Magazine ethics columnist Randy Cohen, who said something like: “If you pay for Internet access somewhere (i.e., for your DSL connection) then you’ve made your contribution to the network. So, it’s okay to use free wi-fi you may encounter floating around. (However, don’t abuse your neighbor’s generousity by doing anything that may clog his or her bandwidth … and you’re a mooch if you don’t pay for access somewhere.)”