Former Cop Accused Of Using WiFi From Neighbors, Businesses
To Get Child Porn

Former Cop Accused Of Using WiFi From Neighbors, Businesses To Get Child Porn

If you need motivation to encrypt your WiFi signal, consider the possibility that criminals may try to use your network for illegal activity. A former Tennessee police officer allegedly victimized churches, businesses and neighbors, using their WiFi to download child porn and share it with an online ring via a site he accessed at times while on duty. [More]

Boost Your WiFi Signal With A Beer Can

Boost Your WiFi Signal With A Beer Can

Stressed out because your WiFi is too slow to get your work done? Crack open a cold one. Then dry it, slice it, and mount it on your router’s antennae. That’s right, you can boost your wifi just by doing some simple surgery on a beer can. [More]

Man Who Hacks Neighbor's WiFi And Tries To Frame Him For Crimes Gets 18 Years

Man Who Hacks Neighbor's WiFi And Tries To Frame Him For Crimes Gets 18 Years

Good firewalls make good neighbors, but they won’t stop a determined hacker from busting through and manipulating your cyber footprints. For proof, look at the Minnesota man convicted of hacking his neighbor’s WiFi and attempting to frame him for child pornography and other crimes will serve 18 years in prison. [More]

Nintendo 3DS Will Stream Netflix, Connect Automatically For Free To AT&T WiFi Hot Spots

Nintendo 3DS Will Stream Netflix, Connect Automatically For Free To AT&T WiFi Hot Spots

Nintendo’s 3DS handheld, which is due out March 27, will hook up with AT&T and Netflix in a super-hot threesome that will eventually let gamers stream movies while on the go. [More]

Survey: 32% Of You Are Mooching WiFi From A Neighbor

Survey: 32% Of You Are Mooching WiFi From A Neighbor

In spite of growing concerns about online security breaches, a new survey claims that nearly one-third of us are still piggybacking on our neighbors’ unencrypted WiFi. [More]

NYC Parks To Get Free WiFi, At A Price

NYC Parks To Get Free WiFi, At A Price

New Yorkers are slated to get free wifi in 32 public parks next year, but it will come with a pricetag. Park users will get three 10 minute sessions per month, and after that pay 99 cents a day. The money goes to Time Warner and Cablevision, who agreed to provide the wifi as part of the city agreeing to renew their cable-tv franchises for 10 years. Public advocates promptly slammed the deal as the privatization of a public good. [More]

Delta Offering Free In-Flight WiFi During Holiday Travel Season

Delta Offering Free In-Flight WiFi During Holiday Travel Season

Let’s face it — traveling during the holidays kinda sucks. We know this because they have made movies about it. So in an attempt to convince fliers it’s not the suckiest airline — even if they do publicly lie about their baggage policies — Delta is offering free in-flight WiFi for folks who have to fly hundreds or thousands of miles to deal with passive-aggressive in-laws. [More]

Tmobile Throttles Unlimited Data Plans, Forbids Tethering

Tmobile Throttles Unlimited Data Plans, Forbids Tethering

Tmobile is going after technically inclined customers who use their cellphones as a cheap wireless modem with a two-pronged approach. [More]

Never Click On "Free Public Wifi"

Never Click On "Free Public Wifi"

When you’re cruising for a hotspot at a coffee shop, never click on the “Free Public Wifi” wireless network. “Free Public Wifi” is a Windows XP quirk; when a computer can’t find any of its favorite networks it creates a network on-the-fly, but it doesn’t go anywhere. At best, you’ll never connect to the internet. At worst, you could be exposing your computer to hackers. [More]

FedEx Office Now Has Free WiFi

FedEx Office Now Has Free WiFi

While a FedEx Office might not be as comfy or aromatic as a Starbucks, free WiFi access is still free WiFi access. And as of today, around 1,000 of the printing-and-shipping shops (formerly known as FedEx Kinko’s) have begun offering what they claim is free and unlimited internet access from the folks at AT&T. [More]

JetBlue Bringing Broadband WiFi To Planes… Eventually

JetBlue Bringing Broadband WiFi To Planes… Eventually

The good news for air travelers: JetBlue has just announced a plan to install satellite-based WiFi internet access on their planes that it promises will deliver “the industry’s best in-flight broadband for commercial aviation.” The not as good news: It’s going to take a while. [More]

Starbucks Staffer: I Was Fired For Turning Off WiFi To Stop People From Viewing Porn

Starbucks Staffer: I Was Fired For Turning Off WiFi To Stop People From Viewing Porn

Over at StarbucksGossip, they have a letter from a now-former employee at the coffee chain, who claims he was given the boot from his java-dispensing job because he turned off the in-store free WiFi in an effort to stop customers from looking at porn. [More]

Hotels Testing Lower Price For Lower Quality WiFi Access

Hotels Testing Lower Price For Lower Quality WiFi Access

For those of us that live and die by our laptops, WiFi access at hotels is often a necessary — and occasionally costly — evil. But some hotels are now experimenting with pricing levels that offer guests a discount if they’re willing to accept a lesser internet connection. [More]

Starbucks Offers Free Slow WiFi

Starbucks Offers Free Slow WiFi

Now that every Tom Dick and Harry knows about it and has jumped on, the free wifi at Starbucks has now, not particularly surprisingly, become the free slow wifi at Starbucks. [More]

Starbucks & AT&T Survive First Day Of Free WiFi

Starbucks & AT&T Survive First Day Of Free WiFi

So yesterday was Day 1 for Starbucks’ new 1-click free WiFi service at its coffee stores around the nation. And while some had wondered whether or not the java giant and its WiFi provider, AT&T, would be able to keep up with the increased demand, it looks like all went relatively well. [More]

4 Tips To Not Getting Ripped Off While On Vacation

4 Tips To Not Getting Ripped Off While On Vacation

Going on vacation is supposed to be a way to soothe your nerves and forget about the worries of the world. But, in addition to all the hassles of travel, vacations are a prime opportunity for you to be taken advantage of, And don’t forget that empty house back home that’s now a target for thieves. [More]

HP Laughed Off My Friend's Laptop Warranty Repair Request

HP Laughed Off My Friend's Laptop Warranty Repair Request

Andrew’s friend has an HP laptop that suddenly couldn’t detect wireless networks. Although the original warranty period had passed, the internet-less customer discovered HP had discovered problems like this were rampant enough that the company decided to extend the warranty. But when the friend called and tried to set up a repair ticket, the rep laughed at him and told him it would cost $249. [More]

Which Hotels Have Decent Wi-Fi?

Which Hotels Have Decent Wi-Fi?

If you want to pay out the nose for Wi-Fi, stay in a W hotel, says HotelChatter. The site has released its 6th annual report on Wi-Fi in U.S. hotels, and the W Hotel chain is named as the worst with no free lobby access and $15/day room rates. Other hotels that suck when it comes to wireless: DoubleTree, Four Seasons, Marriott, and Mandarin Oriental. [More]