Monday, April 23, 2007

An Open Wireless Network Could Put You "On The Hook"

A child pornographer used at open wireless connection to send a lewd instant message to someone. He was tracked, and he was using an "open" WIFI, or wireless network router. The person tried to claim that his wireless was open, and therefore, it could have been anyone. The court did not buy it.

The bottom line is this: If you have an "open" wireless network at home, anyone inside or outside the house can have access to it. "Anyone" could be a child pronographer, bomb-maker, or some other criminal trying to hide their tracks. On top of this, their activities can and will lead to your door. When that happens, it will be a hassle. Now it looks like you could go to jail for it, or at least risk going to jail.

Moral of the story? Close your wireless connection!