I’ve written several times about wireless security for your computer and your home network. I believe that this is absolutely necessary to protect you and your computers.
I’ve mentioned issues such as others getting access to your files issues of confidentiality, vandalism, and destruction of data. I’ve mentioned others using your computers to conduct remote attacks on other computers, effectively hiding their own involvement. And, I’ve mentioned people accessing and downloading copyrighted, or even illegal, content — with the IP evidence pointing to you.
However, I still occasionally hear from someone who thinks that they have nothing to worry about, whether it’s data on their computer or running an unsecured network.
Sometimes, they just don’t care if someone else uses their wireless bandwidth. Other times, they intend to let neighbors get Internet access via their wireless network. If you fall into the latter category, you should carefully consider the legal issues of sharing the service. You might just lose your high-speed Internet access…
That’s the problem that was facing suspension of her account with her Internet Service Provider (ISP), as reported in the article Grandma endures wrongful ISP piracy suspension by cnet news.
She wasn’t intentionally sharing her wireless service, but she’s the one that took the heat for movie downloads to her IP address.
The article reports a woman’s experience, and her livelihood threatened, when movie studios told her ISP that she had been downloading movies. Thanks to the SunbeltSecurityNews for spotting and mentioning this cnet article.
So, how can you secure your wireless network?
Read my article Securing Your Home Wireless Network for more on this topic.