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Almost a third of Britons have admitted to an act of 'broadband burglary', by attempting to access a neighbour's protected Wi-Fi connection.

In a survey conducted by full-fibre broadband provider Hyperoptic, 29 per cent of respondents said they had tried to guess passwords in order to access Wi-Fi networks.

In London the figure was even higher - 47 per cent said they had used common clues such as dates of birth, pets' names and number plate digits to try and get online.

The need for speed was cited as the most common reason for attempting to log on to somebody else's network.

Some 34 per cent of respondents said they had tried to use another network due to their own lack of bandwidth capabilities.

Dana Tobak, Managing Director of Hyperoptic, said it is a shock to discover so many people admitting to 'borrowing' their neighbours' broadband.

"'Stealing' other people's Wi-Fi cannot be condoned and is highly likely to have a detrimental effect on the connection your neighbours are receiving - and paying for," she stated.

"Many customers of standard broadband already battle with a slow and unreliable service that doesn't allow everyone in the home to make the most of the internet at the same time, let alone carry unwanted surfers sneaking on to the network."

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