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http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/20110425/tc_pcworld/lockdownyourwifiorthefbimightcomeknocking
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A New York man learned the hard way that leaving your wireless router open to the general public can have some very negative consequences, and that the authorities tend to act first and ask questions second.

You might think it's no big deal to share your wireless network with your neighbors. But that altruism can bite you in the butt when a less scrupulous neighbor, or a random stranger connects to the wireless network and uses it for illegal activity. As far as the authorities are concerned, that illegal activity originates from your wireless router, so you are the primary suspect.

So, what happened? Well, this guy left his home Wi-Fi network unprotected, and a slimy neighbor piggy-backed on his "free" wireless network to access thousands of child pornography images. He's not the first to fall victim to this scenario, and, unfortunately, he won't be the last.

It is important that you lock your wireless network down. WEP (wired equivalent privacy) encryption has as many holes as Swiss cheese, and can be easily cracked in a matter of seconds, but even turning on such weak protection is better than nothing. If you scan any given neighborhood for wireless networks, you will find at least one that has no encryption turned on, and that low-hanging fruit is the network that will draw attention rather than a network that requires hacking to connect to.

But, to provide better security you should use WPA or WPA-2 encryption. With most home and SOHO (small office / home office) wireless routers, it is as simple as logging in to the Admin console, enabling the encryption, and setting a password. However, as this recent incident demonstrates, "simple" is relative, and enabling wireless encryption is easier said than done for many users.
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I still used wired for exactly this reason. Although when I get a smart phone soon I think I will be forced to go wireless...

This is exactly why you name you wireless network "Police Surveillance Van #3" or something similar. I got that idea from another thread here on OCN about this topic.
    
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My internet is locked but wow didn't really think about that possibility if I left my internet free.
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I still used wired for exactly this reason. Although when I get a smart phone soon I think I will be forced to go wireless...

This is exactly why you name you wireless network "Police Surveillance Van #3" or something similar. I got that idea from another thread here on OCN about this topic.

Got that exact Wireless network from the same thread as you lmao, my friend uses Australia Federal Police Server. Obviously its not a server but people are stupid!
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Originally Posted by Epitope;13290020 
I still used wired for exactly this reason. Although when I get a smart phone soon I think I will be forced to go wireless...

This is exactly why you name you wireless network "Police Surveillance Van #3" or something similar. I got that idea from another thread here on OCN about this topic.

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Rofl!! I might try that right now... smile.gif)cheers.gif
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post #7 of 84
I call both of mine "MI5 Surveillance #153" and "MI5 Surveillance outpost #24"

I even had some of my neighbours ask me if i knew that there was MI5 in the 'hood. i laughed hard.
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Lol this would NEVER happen @ my country.
Anyway, I never leave my wi-fi without a password.. it is so easy to find out if someone is using my I-net, when I go to bed the green LEDs of my router keep blinking if there is someone stealing. loll
    
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This is American I will leave my wifi open for others if I want.
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post #10 of 84
Are you telling me that this is not obvious ?
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