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Protect Your Wireless Network
Posted By Jim On 10/29/2005 @ 6:56 pm In The Home | 4 Comments
One of the most popular posts at FiveCentNickel’s blog  is the one title “Piggybacking on Your Neighbor’s WiFi .” Just a few days ago someone brought up the point of legal responsibility of your network and it led me to do some research on the topic. According to most, if someone connected to your wireless network, performed an illegal act, the trail would lead directly to you. While you ultimately will be exonerated, if you are innocent, it is going to be a headache for you for a very very long time.
If left unencrypted, anyone could walk up to your house, connect to the network, and fire off a virus and all the authorities would find is your IP address at the end of the trail.
Nickel brought up the benign and moderately inconvenient reasons why you should encrypt your wireless (you lose bandwidth) but I think the more serious doomsday scenario reasons (one in a million chance) are worth mentioning.
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