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Two cautioned over wireless Internet "piggy-backing"

Two people have been arrested and cautioned for using someone else's wireless Internet connection without permission, known as "piggy-backing", British police said on Wednesday.

The practice, which sharply divides Internet users, has been fuelled by the rapid growth of fast wireless broadband in homes and people's failure to secure their networks.

On Saturday, a man was arrested after neighbors spotted him sitting in a car outside a home in Redditch, Worcestershire, using a laptop computer to browse the Internet.

A 29-year-old woman was also arrested in a car in a similar incident in the same area last month.

Both received an official caution, a formal warning one step short of prosecution, for "dishonestly obtaining electronic communications services with intent to avoid payment".

They were among the first to be arrested for piggy-backing in Britain. Gregory Straszkiewicz, from west London, was the first person to be convicted of the offence in 2005. He was fined 500 pounds and give a 12-month conditional discharge.

"Wireless networks don't stop at the walls of your home," said PC Tony Humphreys, of West Mercia Constabulary. "Without the necessary protection, your neighbors or people in the road outside may be able to connect to your network." Continued...

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If you are too stupid to properly configure your wireless router than you deserve to be "piggy backed".

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If you are too stupid to properly configure your wireless router than you deserve to be "piggy backed".


I'm insulted! Laughing I have no idea how to do it either.

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Stupid

Okay, so am I too stupid, being that I have no idea what you mean by:


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If you are too stupid to properly configure your wireless router than you deserve to be "piggy backed".


Oh, maybe it is something I don't need the information on because I live under the ground, and can't use wireless in the house. For that matter, I can't use it outside either. Unless I go about a mile from the house.

So, have a great day, and I shall remain ignorant on the subject until further notice. Or, until someone might explain it to me.
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When you setup your wireless router, there is a menu with dozens of settings. Among them is an option to 'name' your channel [giving it a specific IP address], and to give it a password.

If you do give it a password, then you can give your laptop the address and password and you fine.

Our router does both cat-5 and wireless. Our PCs are hooked up via cat-5, though our eldest uses the wireless. So our wireless uses a password to gain access.

Our home is also built to 'TEMPEST' requirements so none of our wireless signal escapes the house.

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