A while back I came across this blog post about open unsecured WiFi access points in Colombo. According to that post, the area around the Word Trade Center in Colombo has some blazing fast (unsecured) WiFi. As of December 2006 that is 😉
With the advent of broadband and plug and play wireless modem/routers it not just the city centre (yes I’m not using the American spelling) that’s broadcasting away. When Cerno and the Mrs moved to their marital nest, I discovered a generous neighbour sharing some signal near by. Weak signal but totally unsecured. Since my nosy side is crippled by ethics I didn’t try to hack around. Anyway the speed is at a crawl, and it tended to drop the connection.
The access point I use is overly secured to compensate (only the paranoid survive – but as mental wrecks). The slightly annoying thing is that my machine tended to latch on to the unsecured signal first without starting the authentication ritual. Thankfully I got around this. Since then I haven’t checked on my neighbour. Its not on right now but then its late.
I’m not into this war driving thing. Even if I was comfortable with it ethically, I doubt I could afford the time and the gas to wardrive around. I have nothing against those who voluntarily share their WiFi with the local area. If you are one of them good karma to you. If you are not stop reading this and go secure your router. Seriously.