In a recent poll on our forums, we asked our community of software testers, how long after walking into someones house, is it acceptable to ask for their wifi password? As a gadget junkie, my response would naturally be within 5 minutes! I dont know why I assumed that this would be the case among many of our testers, but alas I was surprised to see the broad range of results and responses! It seems that there is a stalemate between ’5 minutes’ and ‘Never’, which I also found interesting.
Although all the answer choices were represented, our sample was divided pretty evenenly into two camps – those like me who are attached to their devices and require constant wifi and those who value privacy and security above all else, even friendships! (just kidding)
“I don’t mind connecting devices, but I would not tell them the password. I would input myself and then ask them to forget the network when they are done. Also, my setup requires me to input the MAC address on the router for all devices before they can connect via MAC address filtering. I also assign static IP’s to devices so I can track them, if needed with my firewall. If they don’t forget the network then I can revoke the MAC address on the router and they cannot get connected.” – Tim F.
“Eurm… Usually if I visit other people it’s not to use their Wifi…? Not sure about you lot here, but isn’t the better question, how soon can you ask for beer, or even better, why have I not been offered a drink yet?” Coen B.
“I would ask for it as soon as my 3G stops working and that happens pretty much every 10 minutes… I don’t think it’s rude or anything, it’s not like you’re gonna download a full 1080p movie at full speed or something hehe” Exequiel Z.
We want to hear your thoughts! Tell us in the comments. Is it acceptable to ask right away? Does it depend on who you are visiting?