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post #1 of 11 Old 12-13-2014, 11:42 AM Thread Starter
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unsecured wireless network dangers?

I've always heard you should never have an unsecured wireless network.

My dad refuses to add a password or otherwise secure our wireless network. I've taken my kindle outside and I can still access the internet from all the way across the street.

I've seen people drive by and stop outside our house for 20 minutes. I don't know if that means they are using our internet or if they are just stopping to make a phone call.

About this time last year I had someone steal my debit card information after I made an online purchase. Does having an unsecured network open you up to identity theft?

How can I convince my dad that we need to secure our wireless network?
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why is he against it?
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I've seen people drive by and stop outside our house for 20 minutes. I don't know if that means they are using our internet or if they are just stopping to make a phone call.
Under ideal conditions, wireless outside can reach about 100 yards, so if the people are within that distance, it is possible.

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About this time last year I had someone steal my debit card information after I made an online purchase. Does having an unsecured network open you up to identity theft?
Possibly, but web sites that take credit/debit card information encrypt the data. Someone monitoring your unsecure wi-fi, though, can see all unencrypted data, and it also opens you up to folks hacking into your computer(s).

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How can I convince my dad that we need to secure our wireless network?
Just tell him that everything you do and is on your computer(s) is at risk of being stolen. It's like putting a sign on the road saying that you have valuables, you'll be out of town, and your house is unlocked.

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Ask his best friend to talk to him about it. Some men have a hard time realizing their daughters are growing up and have their own brains.



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How can I convince my dad that we need to secure our wireless network?
Tell him other people are using HIS internet that HE pays for with HIS hard-earned money.
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post #6 of 11 Old 12-16-2014, 01:26 PM
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Tell him someone could easily get onto his network and use it for illegal activity, such as reaching terrorists websites or downloading child porn.

and it would all trace back to his IP.

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Honestly your dad should have security, you see people these days are becoming more and more sneaky. Let’s say this you go into Starbucks with your computer, buy a frappuccino sit down, and then try and go into the Wi-Fi. Then when you are sitting there connected to the network you start to browse the internet, then OMG you see the skirt you always wanted on forever 21 that was $60, and its 50% off! So you put the skirt in your cart and then proceed to check out the skirt. You enter your credit card info, when you do that you are adding all your info, then you click complete. Well you don’t know this earlier in the morning before you can to the café, a hacker came in with his/her computer hooked up to the WiFi, entered the necessary info that will keep the logs of everyone yes EVERYONE, such as passwords, credit cards, log in site, and usernames. They can set it for a full 12 hours or however long the café is open and then at the end of the day, comes back downloads all the data to their computer, goes home transfers the data to their super computer. They take all the info and start shopping as you or they log into your account, so that skirt that was $30 now is $30+your credit card limit.

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Without security, it's super easy to get your identity stolen, your credit card numbers, and quickly find that you whole life no longer owned by you...until you go to get that loan on that house or car, and find out you can't because your credit is in the gutter...

Let alone like Drifter said, it'd be very easy for someone to use the network for malicious purposes to cover themselves and have it fall back on your dad or family.


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You need to put password on your wifi, its super alarming...further, always set easy password so that your dad would remember it, if you still dont want to put up password, then install ibvpn app to secure yourself from intruders or hackers.
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Under ideal conditions, wireless outside can reach about 100 yards, so if the people are within that distance, it is possible.


Hmmm I think its a lot further than that. One place I work my smart phone picks up 2 unsecured wireless. The first place it could come to is 1/4 mile away. The other is 1/2 mile away.
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