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Stealing Wireless LAN

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So recently I got relocated to a new place which doesn't have internet. And internet is too expensive here so I found an unsecured wireless connectivity which one of neighbours is having. And I want plan to use it lightly.

It's not that I want to totally hog the bandwith because I'm having full internet access during working hours so I'm only using the free wireless LAN for emergency, or internet banking purposes and maybe my emails when I get back from work, and that's it.

But the problem here is that I don't want to get caught for it. I mean, I've read news about people getting caught and fined for piggybacking and currently, I'm just starting out while saving enough money to get married and start a family.

So, my question is, how do I piggyback while totally eliminating the risk of getting caught.

Your help will be appreciated very much :)
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You don't. Piggybacking is a term used to refer to access of a wireless internet connection by bringing one's own computer within the range of another's wireless connection, and using that service without the subscriber's explicit permission or knowledge. It is a legally and ethically controversial practice, with laws that vary in jurisdictions around the world. While completely outlawed in some jurisdictions, it is permitted in others.

A customer of a business providing hotspot service, such as a hotel or cafe, is generally not considered to be piggybacking, though non-customers or those outside the premises may be. Many such locations provide wireless Internet access as a courtesy to their patrons, either with or without an extra charge, or simply to draw people to the area.

Piggybacking is effectively theft as you're using somebody else's network without their permission and therefore their internet connection. If they can't be bothered to secure their wireless network that's their problem but if you are caught its computer misuse. What you use it for or not use it for is, with all due respect, irrelevant.

Unless the internet provider to the neighbour in question has allowed piggybacking (in the T&Cs) and you have the permission of the neighbour in question, I would strongly suggest you stop using their network and have an internet account of your own.
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