Originally Posted by huskyfan23
Why? Sure it would be SMART to protect your connection but there's no law that says you need to. If you don't lock the doors to your car and it or something inside gets stolen, should you be SOL? If it's not your connection and you don't have permission to use it then you can't use it. Should be common sense and you should be subject to punishment.
Your neighbor leaves their lawn mower in their front yard while they go inside to do something and you take it to mow your lawn. Are you allowed to do that? No.
As he’s saying, you might want to restrict your connection so that a kid doesn’t use it to download/upload kiddie porn, adult material, do anything illegal over it, etc. and YOU would be considered negligent for leaving your connection open and easily available to the kid.
Or even worse, have an SSID like “Free Internet” as some have advocated. That would really put you on the bad end of a lawsuit.
Just the other day law enforcement went to the house of a guy who works for the Dept. of Homeland Security and was online with a cop (thinking it was a young girl) and asking her to download some "pix" of herself.
How you think they got that address? From his IP address and provider i would assume. So if someone was using yours then they'd come to your house. How'd you like to hear 'bout that on the news? I'd rather be arrested for almost anything other than dealing with kiddie porn.
EDIT: If a kid uses it to spread a virus, worm, etc. or snoop in private files, you'd probably go broke defending a cause of action (lawsuit) whether you are negligent or not.