Licensed To War Drive In New Hampshire
from the clear-up-that-issue dept
Over in New Hampshire, it sounds like they’re getting ready to pass a law that would make it legal for anyone to access and use open WiFi networks. For people who do this all the time, you may be shocked to find out that it wasn’t legal. It’s actually a “wishy-washy” area of the law. Some people believe it’s legal, while others still see it as intrusion – even though the WiFi networks were left wide open and many computers are designed to automatically connect to the nearest open WiFi network. This law would clarify that the responsibility is on the owner of the WiFi network to secure it – and if they don’t, the assumption is that it was purposely left open for anyone to use. This seems like the right move. Too many people who don’t seem to understand WiFi make incredibly misleading statements about how anyone who uses an open WiFi network is a “malicious hacker”. It’s about time that people realized that open WiFi networks provide a real benefit – and in many cases (though, certainly not all…) they should be encouraged.