Is It OK To Use Your Neighbor’s Wi-Fi? [Poll]

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Last week we asked you what version of Windows you are running. We had 1,394 responses. I was shocked at the results! It looks like 47% of you or 652 readers are using Windows 7!  Windows XP came in second place with 36% or  500 votes. I had expected Windows XP to still be in the lead, as most companies are still using it as their main operating system.

Third place was held by Windows Vista and then there were 13 votes for Windows 2000, 9 votes for Windows 98/ME, 8 votes for Windows 95 and 6 votes for Windows NT.


7 of you said you were using older versions of Windows and according to the comments that include Windows 3.11! Very interesting indeed. I personally have a XP desktop, Windows 7 tablet and various older machines running around. I am pleasantly surprised by the Windows 7 machines.

We saw our own Mark O’Neill having issues with it in the comments. If you want my advice, get a new hard drive and do a clean install of Windows 7!

Here are the full poll results:

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This week’s poll is asking you if it is OK to use your neighbor’s Wi-Fi.  Open access points or easily hackable WEP access points are hard to resist, especially if you are strapped for cash.

There are a lot of reasons not to steal Wi-Fi. You can have your data stolen or contract a virus. The network you are connecting to could be set up to do harm to you.  I have set up many wireless networks that push users’ DNS queries to bring them to being rickrolled regardless of what they type in.

Then there is the breach of your neighbor’s contract with their Internet provider. They agree not to share their Internet connection with others via open networks.

On the other hand if you have no Internet and your neighbor has left their Wi-Fi access point wide open, it is hard to resist.  We have people that would rather use their neighbors net instead of paying $50 or even $80 a month. Over the course of a year that all adds up. So what is a regular Joe supposed to do?

Our morals should tell us stealing is wrong but some people say that it is NOT stealing.  Is it stealing? Is it wrong?

What do you do? We would love to hear from you in the comments as well!

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