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After installing an Android update to his phone, Traenk wonders aloud what p2p really means.

Call the after-effects of reading too many Science Fiction books as a young boy, but I like to consider the impacts of emerging technical trends. 

I can turn my phone into a WAP hotspot.  Sure, I'm way late to the party, but that's ok.  Who is my ISP?  The cable co?  The phone co?  That neighbor with the wide-open WAP?  How about you, the person whose WAP is set to something like 'accept all connections'?

Systems often connect to any open WAP, too often by default.  When this is done to inspect and copy traffic/information from a clueless user (sometimes by impersonating a Legit hotspot SSID), this is called "Evil Twin" hacking.  When the intruder joins the party with a Firefox add-on that samples and copies  (OR hijacks the user session), this is called FireSheep.  (These are simplifications). 

In short, the growing number of hotspots is making Internet activity an anywhere/anytime thing.  It makes internet surfing free too, but you should realize that nothing comes without an eventual price.

Those old books I read predicted an intermeshed network of nodes that maintain the total, Global network connectivity.  Funny, never was that same arrangement misused by hackers?  I guess that's why it's called science FICTION.


P.S.  Please list any advice you have about dropping your redundant ISP in favor of using your phone's data plan for Internet access.  I think it was seven years ago that we dropped our land line in favor of cellphones only.  Initially seen as foolish, our decision is now seen as a common set up.