piggybacking(redirected from Piggy back)
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A method for passing acknowledgement frames and data frames in the same direction along a line.
piggybacking(1) Gaining access to a restricted communications channel by using the session another user already established. Piggybacking can be defeated by logging out before walking away from a workstation or terminal or by initiating a screensaver that requires re-authentication when resuming. See replay attack and hijacking.
(2) Using a Wi-Fi hotspot of neighbors who have not secured their network. See Wi-Fi piggybacking and Wi-Fi hotspot.
(3) Embedding the names of popular brands or companies into the hidden meta-data of a Web page in order to rank high up on a search engine's results page. See meta tag.