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my neighbor just got wireless internet and he hasn't made it private, so anyone can pretty much access the connection. since we're friends, he doesn't mind me sharing it. the only concern i have is, can he see which websites i'm visiting, or what username or passwords i type into sites, and when i'm connected to his wireless connection?
Absolutely he can see every website if he knows what he's doing. I can setup mine so that I can view every website visiting through my connection..... which would include anyone else visiting sites also. The usernames and passwords would be tougher to get, the websites are simply as easy as turning on logging on his router.
i see. my friend isn't tech savvy, but are you saying that being able to see which websites i go to is inherent to his computer (since it's his internet connection) and can be done just using the software that came with his wireless connection, or are you saying that he needs to find and download some program that will allow him to monitor my activity?
oh and one more thing, even if he can see which websites are being visited, can he know which computer is visiting those sites? for example, suppose some unknown stranger connects to his wireless and uses some sites, and at the same time i'm also connected, is the list of websites he sees distinguished (ie. he knows which computer visited them), or is it just an undistinguished list of websites that both of us visited? thank you for all your help.
He doesn't need to download anything, its just a matter of clicking an on/off button for your logging. Not sure if he can tell which computer, I forget as I haven't looked at that in a while. Differetn routers also log different types of things I'm guessing, so it may depend also on what type of router he is using.
yikes...i better change all my passwords. appreciate your help
ah, one last question i promise. if it's a matter of just turning the logging function on or off, i assume it only records the activity that happened only when it's turned on, not like, for example, showing every activity that ever happened, including those that happened when it was off and somehow stored those information.
Some routers may have it on by default, but most likely he would have to turn it on. I personally would never access bank, brokerage or any financial accounts through someone else's or any public internet connection, but its probably not a big deal for you since you know this person as a friend. He wouldn't be logging it anyways since he doesn't have malicious intent like you may find in public locations, plus it isn't just as easy as turning on a feature.... he would have to run his own software to try and capture and filter the information coming in/out in order to steal passwords or steal information being passed to/from.
I use my neighbors wireless connection all the time. I just browse the net and read and send emails so its no biggie. No information or passwords to steal so it really doesn't matter to me. i think its like stated above, I don't know if I would use bank passwords, but if you know the person then all if probably ok either way.
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