Using someone's wifi without permission is definitely stealing. I'm amazed that anyone thinks it isn't, or that it's somehow more acceptable than walking into a shop and just taking things because they aren't "locked down".
That being said, OP it's not impossible that your son has connected legally to a free public wifi in your area. Lots of places have them these days, plus there are the Telstra hotspots being built in the old phone boxes. Check on your phone and see what wifi networks are available, if there are no free ones in your area he could be stealing it from a neighbour.
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09-02-2016 08:49 #31Senior Member
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09-02-2016 09:30 #32
I would imagine if its called "guest wifi" that it is probably legitimately a free wifi spot he is picking up. Peoples wifi accounts are not usually called "guest", they are called things like TelstraBBC78533 or the like, or they rename them to their own name or something.
There are plenty of free wifi spots around, such as some cafes etc. are there other apartment blocks or hotels near you? Maybe he's picking up the free wifi they have available for their guests?
I'm not sure how you check where it's coming from though.
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09-02-2016 13:20 #36
@CMF....did you work it out?
BTW - I am so technologically unaware that I too would have to ask someone what was happening. And further, if I had to set up a wifi network (if something ever happened to DH) I would seriously be in trouble and probably end up with all our data stolen!
09-02-2016 13:56 #37
Can you just use your device to search for wifi connections & find out that way?
09-02-2016 16:34 #38Senior Member
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Thanks for the replies!
Just a couple of things to point out...
If it is a neighbours unsecured wifi, I am most definitely NOT ok with him using it; that would be stealing. Although I think it is really really stupid to leave your wifi unsecured.
AFAIK he is not running up anyone's bill. He has all his games already downloaded onto his phone, he was purely using this wifi to message his friends. Which I am not ok with, but at least I don't need to worry that he's for eg downloading movies etc.
And I do know exactly what wifi he's connected to, as it comes up on my phone if I press 'search for networks' or whatever. I have not connected to it though, I just ignore it and connect to my own. But it gives me no clues as to where it's coming from.
So I'm still none the wiser about how to tell where this thing is coming from. I have told him not to use it. I'm just not sure if he will again or not. I have googled an article about "using a neighbours wifi" and it covers the 2 points I was concerned about- 1. that if it is genuinely a neighbours wifi, it is illegal as it is stealing, and 2. that it could be a scam thing to steal passwords etc.
I just wish there was a way I could tell for sure.
I hate technology sometimes. Too confuzzling for me.
09-02-2016 16:46 #39
That name to me says it's a neighbor's wifi that they setup for a guest. If it was a provider one it usually says something like 'Telstra free wifi/hotspot.'
Go into settings/wifi and then 'forget this network.' Usually at the bottom.
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