Any danger from people free riding on my wireless router?

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Subject: Any danger from people free riding on my wireless router?
Posted by:  RayLopez99 (raylopez…@gmail.com)
Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2014

Any danger from people free riding on my wireless router?=20

The other day, much to my chagrin, I reset the D-Link router and somehow I =
accidentally erased the flash RAM so it was set to default, meaning no pass=
word for the wireless.  So for a few weeks I unknowingly had a wireless acc=
ess point turned on and attracted a bunch of people from the neighborhood. =
I was able to log on the router, turn off the wireless, and from the log I=
saw the people who had logged on (I recognized a few of them since they us=
ed descriptive names for their machines, such as MariaLaptop).

My question is whether as a practical matter it matters if you are sharing =
your wireless--can somebody with non-specialized software read your email? =
I don't think so.  I think they would need some sort of packet sniffer suc=
h as Fiddler or whatnot.  These are regular neighbors, not hackers, that's =
why I say this.  As a precaution however I changed all my passwords for onl=
ine accounts.

RL

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