Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

By "open" I mean the router does not require a password to connect.

share|improve this question
up vote 9 down vote accepted

No. There is no encryption (to the router) unless WEP or WPA is in place.

share|improve this answer

It really depends. If you are browsing a website that is using SSL/TLS like Facebook or Gmail (if enabled) then your communication stream is still encrypted. However, there is no facility to encrypt traffic between your machine and the WiFi router unless WEP or WPA are enabled. Additionally even with WEP or WPA turned on, once the traffic leaves the router and enters the wider Internet - unless the stream itself is encrypted - WEP and WPA no longer protect that data.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.