In an experimental attempt to unmask the dangers of public Wi-Fi, six Londoners unknowingly agreed that to get on a city’s public Wi-Fi network, they would give up their oldest child.
When people connected to a hotspot, The Guardian reports, “the terms and conditions they were asked to sign up to included a ‘Herod clause’ promising free Wi-Fi but only if ‘the recipient agreed to assign their first born child to us for the duration of eternity.'”
It was assumed that the six folks who signed up didn’t fully read the security clause, and F-Secure, the security firm that sponsored the experiment, will not be taking anyone’s child away.
“The report concluded that there needs to be much more education around the use of public Wi-Fi, especially hotspots that are of unknown origin,” The Guardian reports, also pointing out that most people think of Wi-Fi as a “place” and not an “activity.”
“You don’t do unprotected Wi-Fi at home; why are you doing it in public?” F-Secure’s Sean Sullivan told The Guardian.