The topic of securing a wireless network has come up recently (thread). Do we really need to secure our wireless networks behind an iron curtain of encryption, passwords, and filters? Obviously we all have data we wish to protect and obviously there are institutions that we want to stay secure, i.e. banks, but allowing/providing a free and open connection to the internet has many points in its favor. While I'm no expert on societies and information theory I believe that access to infomation and the ability to communicate that infomation to others have been the two main forces in many of our societies greatest cultural changes, i.e. Gutenberg and his printing-press. If we all close down our networks and allow only a select few to access the internet through our payed connections then arn't we doing our communities a disservice? I understand that we pay $50+ dollars a month for broadband for its speed and that we don't want to let "scum" users waste our bandwidth but there must be a way to secure our systems while allowing a "bandwidth-managed" connection to the internet. I am just curious as to how the macrumors community feels about this topic and also if anyone has any ideas on how to have a secure network that protects our data and our bandwidth while still providing an open connections for the passerby to get online.