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    Default Free wifi?

    Apologies if this is a really stupid question, but I'm just not good at any techy stuff.

    So my DS has a mobile phone, that he does not have a data allowance on. This arvo he mentioned that he was "chatting to his friend" on his phone, when I asked if he was texting he said no, he was chatting online via a game. When I asked him with what internet, he said that he had connected to a free wifi. He says it says it's guest wifi. We live in a unit block.
    So... is he unknowingly stealing someone's wifi?
    Or could it be one of those scam ones?

    I have told him to stop using it, but being an argumentative little turd, if I haven't given him a clear reason as to why he can't use it, he'll get all huffy and puffy and sulk around for the arvo. If he has a good reason, he will be ok.

    So help please? Does anyone know about this stuff?

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    Because he's stealing someone's data and they could end up getting a big bill or have their internet go slowly/stop working if he uses up all their data!

    Either way, he's taking/ using something that doesn't belong to him. I would encourage him to knock on a few peoples doors and either ask if they don't mind or offer to pay part of their internet bill with his pocket money!

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    Sounds like someone around you hasn't locked their Wi-Fi connection so they don't have a password to use it. Theoretically anyone can then use it but it's not good form to, especially if they don't have unlimited data (there's no way of knowing that just from the connection). End of the day, he's using their data and if they have a cap on it, it'll mean they start to get charged extra for going over. You could take it to the extreme and liken it to stealing if you want to make a point.

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    I agree with previous posts, but are you definitely not in range of any public places with wifi? We're in an apartment block but we can pick up a public signal from a venue about 50m away.
    It's unlikely but a possibility.

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    They need to lock their wifi, their problem, and your benefit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maternidade View Post
    They need to lock their wifi, their problem, and your benefit.
    By that reasoning, it's fine to walk into someone's house and take their stuff if they neglect to lock their doors or windows!

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    Quote Originally Posted by maternidade View Post
    They need to lock their wifi, their problem, and your benefit.
    So if you're eating in a public place it's fine for someone to come and eat your food? I mean, it's your fault for not having it locked down....

    It's stealing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curby View Post
    So if you're eating in a public place it's fine for someone to come and eat your food? I mean, it's your fault for not having it locked down....

    It's stealing.
    If you've left it unattended then it's free for all

    Quote Originally Posted by Gentoo View Post
    By that reasoning, it's fine to walk into someone's house and take their stuff if they neglect to lock their doors or windows!
    You'll actually find many insurance companies won't actually pay out if you fail to protect your goods. Hence why in Qld as well theirs actual laws advising to keep car doors locked or face fines

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    Not really your benefit.. If their wifi is going missing and the owners look into it they'll be able to tell what it is connected to and if it goes to an huge issue you may have to pay back whatever has been used, and that depends how long your son has been using it, etc etc... If they are nice reasonable people and you explain that you hadn't known and told your son to stop as soon as you realised, they may just say okay, understand and leave it at that.. As a previous post has said, if your son would like to continue to use it and you are not looking at having an Internet connection, a deal should be met with the owners while you are present... But be careful.. Kids can go through A LOT of Internet usage.. (So can I but I understand I'm gonna have to pay for it.. Lol)
    In any case I would find out ASAP if it is someone else's wifi and let them know what's going on as soon as you can, I'd rather have someone knock on my door and tell me than have it show up on my bill and have to find you myself..
    In saying the above though, I know there are wifi 'hotspots' where you can use internet for free (with telstra anyway) but I'm on my own plan and have my own home internet so I can't really tell you anymore about that...
    I hope you figure it all out and if it is someone else's they are nice understanding people.. 😊 good luck..

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    It wouldn't bother me. If someone is stupid enough to leave their wifi unlocked....

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