What, exactly, is the risk?
My brother maintains an open wireless network with a name of "Welcome!" I told him he was at risk. He asked, "Of what?" Good darned question.
- In spite of comments above, any prosecutor trying to prove he'd used the internet for anything illegal would have a heck of a time convincing a jury that no one had used his completely open network with a Welcome sign on it. They'd have to hope for forensic evidence on his laptop itself.
- He doesn't care if people read his e-mails. He and I grew up in the, "Sending it via e-mail is the same as posting it on the local bulletin board" generation.
- He points out that the external risks to his system are far greater than the risk of someone finding his open network and trying to hack into his router or laptop.
Anyone care to argue that running an open wireless network is a security risk to the actual person running the network? I'd love to hear reasons (beyond making the police's work more difficult) that he shouldn't be doing it.