With today’s concerns over network security most home and business WiFi systems are secure.

Using “FREE WiFi” at a coffee shop has become commonplace and we don’t think twice about connecting anywhere we go. However, “open” or unsecured networks are still out there. Be sure you have permission to use it or you are looking at some serious problems.

For example, that neighbor across the hall who happened to forget to configure the security on his wireless router has a Right to Privacy, and by accessing his network, you are violating that privacy.

I am not a legal professional and have never even played one on TV, so I will resort to the internet as my source.

NY State Law

In the State of New York, the law says:

Article 156 – (156.00 – 156.50) OFFENSES INVOLVING COMPUTERS; DEFINITION OF TERMS

156.10 Computer trespass.

A person is guilty of computer trespass when he or she knowingly uses, causes to be used, or accesses a computer, computer service, or computer network without authorization and:

1.  he or she does so with an intent to commit or attempt to commit or further the commission of any felony;

—or—

2. he or she thereby knowingly gains access to computer material.

Computer trespass is a Class E felony.

If your neighbor left his door open,  you would not walk in without permission.

It is the same in the case of his wireless network.

Save yourself the knock on your door from either the neighbor or the police either way, free WiFi is most likely available down the street at the coffee shop.

How secure is your WiFi? If you are concerned about your network security, give us a call. We will be happy to assist you with whatever questions or concerns you may have.

Craig Stephenson, Sr. Systems Consultant

Tech II Business Services, Inc.

  • author Dan BardinPublished on July 28th, 2014

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