with Lorelle and Brent VanFossen

Finding Wireless Internet Connections

Let’s start off this post by saying that I am not a hacker, nor do I endorse any hacking, intrusion, or illegal activity involved in getting online via wireless Internet access points. BUT as we travel, we are always on the hunt for any WIFI Internet connection we can find and we thank and bless all of you who open up your wireless connections to the passerby. I do hope that you are all protecting your computers from snoopers while still making Internet access available.

That said, finding a wireless Internet connection can be a pain. Windows and WIFI cards have “scanners” built-in that seek out hotspots, but they aren’t perfect. There are also handheld devices that will scan for a hotspot and light up when one is located.

There are also some more sophisticated software out there that will work with your WIFI system in your laptop or handheld computer that will increase your odds of finding a WIFI connection. Ethical Hacker’s Essential Wireless Hacking Tools offers a great list of programs and processes for seeking and connecting to wireless networks and Internet connections that may help you out.

Again, for those of you who host wireless routers and leave access open to the Internet, thank you so much. You help make the world better connected for the traveler.


  • Design
    Posted December 27, 2005 at 1:30 | Permalink

    I really appreciate those who open thier Wireless connection for free !

  • john
    Posted June 2, 2006 at 13:00 | Permalink

    Did that too, was on an open connection checking my email.
    the asshole who manages the WIFI sued me(he saw me in my car), and now I have to the judge in a few months….and I can get a criminal record and a fine if I am found guilty!

  • Posted June 2, 2006 at 15:21 | Permalink

    I don’t think they have much of a case. If you were not on their property, and not interfering with his ability to do whatever it is he does (obstruction/abuse), then what right does he have? I’m curious. It’s like picking up a cell signal on your radio or listening to a home radio station or shortwave. If you picked up a signal he was opening and KNOWINGLY broadcasting, then how are you at fault? What law did you break?

    It says right in the instructions and on the installation of all WIFI systems about securing your broadcast signal. It’s his fault if he didn’t do that.

    Now, if he did and you were using programs to override his security systems, then there is an issue.

    I’m not an expert, but I’m curious about this.

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