ISPs have stumbled onto a new money making venture, renting out your wireless internet connection to third parties so that those companies can provide public WiFi to their customers. Sources told The Inquirer that some ISPs already do this without informing their customers and that it will likely be a common industry practice by 2017. Theoretically you are allowed to opt out but since your ISP may not have told their users they are doing this; how would the average customer know to request this be turned off?
This raises several concerns, especially here in North America thanks to our pathetic internet services. Most users have a data cap and the ISPs have little reason to spend resources to properly monitor who is using the bandwidth, their customers or random passersby. As well the speeds of most customers are low enough that they may see degradation of their service if numerous passersby connect to their WiFi. Putting the monetary concerns to the side there are also serious security concerns. Once a user has access to your WiFi router they are most of the way into your network and services such as UPnP and unprotected ports leave you vulnerable to attack.
Change the password your provider put on the router and consider reaching out to them to find out if you have been unwillingly sharing your bandwidth already, or if you might be doing so in the near future.
"Companies are going to be selling a lot more public Wi-Fi plans over the next few years and it's going to be home Wi-Fi users who'll be the backbone of the network, according to analysts from Juniper Research."
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