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Secure Your Routers! Redux

Without giving away too many details, we have been contacted by potential clients whose internet protocol information is being sought because it has been connected with illegal downloads of movies. However, these people only owned the wireless routers that were used to receive the movie; they did not download the movie themselves. Someone else downloaded the movies from the wireless router because the router was not password secured. The lesson: password secure your wireless router, so that your neighbors are not implicating you in their illegal actions.

First, downloading a movie or song off the internet without the proper permission (Hulu, Netflix, or iTunes – good idea; BitTorrent – bad idea) is copyright infringement. If someone uses your router to illegally copy content, you might have your records discovered if the copyright owner subpoenas your identifying information from your Internet provider. Even if you show that you did not actually download the file and thereby avoid liability, you are stuck with hundreds or thousands of dollars of legal bills. Courts have found that those who do not actually download the information are not liable, but it can be an expensive proposition to disprove even if it ends quickly.

[4/27 Update: The Huffington Post has an even more disturbing example of what can go wrong when you fail to secure your router — automatic weaponry and inaccurate accusations of downloading illegal images of children.]

The quick and easy fix is to password protect your router. At most, it is a five minute procedure synchronizing your router with your computer or smartphone. After that, it is a seamless access – most routers do not require you to put in the password every time. Also, remind those who do use the router (teenage children, perhaps?) that copyright infringement is illegal, and has serious consequences to it. There is too much legal content accessible on the Internet to bother with the illegal stuff.

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    […] You need to show real evidence that you would not or could not have been involved in downloading or sharing the file. Our firm had a good result for a client who could prove that the client did not have the IP address at the time the alleged downloading occurred. However, that is not the norm. If someone accessed your wireless router, you would not be legally liable, but you would have to have real evidence to back up your assertion. It should not be a shock to know that many people claim that someone else did it; the needed difference has to be evidence to prove it. A 93-year-old great-grandmother with a wireless router that is not password-protected is going to get more people to believe that she didn’t download something than a college student with a password-protected router. We have an article on our website about the importance of securing your routers. […]

    Today digital technology, nothing is secured to a hacker. Even though your router is secured with a password like WEP type, your wireless network can be accessed through your router easily. There is a young man posts a tutorial movie show people steps to hack to a secured router with WEP password on these link below.

    Keep watching the one minute add then he will show you how to do it.

    https://qa.on.aol.com/video/39103388?autoStart=false

    https://www.5min.com/Video/How-to-hack-WEP-39103388

    One of us could be a victim of him and get sued by a copyright owner. Suck

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