Honestly, I always thought it’s ok..
Why not, if someone puts a seat in the middle of a public walkway I can sit on it right? I don’t need to ask permissions, nor fear I am doing something wrong.
Likewise if someone broadcasts an open wireless network into my house or office or a public space, I should be able to use it right.
It’s their responsibility to limit it’s signal or secure it if they don’t want people using it, for once..I agree with an expert!
I’m always on the lookout for open access points when I’m wondering around with my laptop, never know when I might need to draft a new article for Darknet, when I get that inspiration, I just have to note it down..or I’ll completely forget it.
The Ethics Expert also points out that if you find an open connection, you should try to figure out who owns it to let them know it’s open — in case they want to cut it off. Of course, he leaves out the strongest argument for why there’s nothing wrong with using free WiFi, assuming you’re either on public property or your own property: those radio waves are no longer under the control of the access point owner once they drift off of his or her property
I totally agree, and well so says the expert.
While I suppose that an argument could be made that you should never use what you donâ’t pay for, I don’t think this would apply here and I’m not even sure that I agree with the broad sentiment. Unless it is made clear to users tapping into wireless connections that they must agree to certain conditions before proceeding, they have not breached any ethical mandate by logging on in any way that they legally can.
The right thing would be for those who set up wireless connections and want to keep them private to take the time to do so. If you’re a piggybacking user and can identify the individual to whom the connection belongs, it would be courteous but not essential to let that person know that you and presumably others are able to enjoy their wireless largesse.