5 Reasons you shouldn’t Host an Open Wi-Fi Network
Open Wi-Fi networks are too common despite efforts by the wireless router companies to ship routers that have passwords enabled by default. Here are five primary reasons why you shouldn’t host an open Wi-Fi network.
1# Legal Problems
Legal tussles are not only expensive and time consuming but also stressful. If someone gets direct access to the network and uses it to do malicious activities online such as downloading copyrighted materials, you may be served with a lawsuit. Companies can track an IP address and gather all the personal information and evidence needed to file a case using new technology,
2# Internet Connection Consequences
Internet service providers in the USA recently announced plans to set up a copyright alert system that is tailored to alert the personnel whenever someone uses their network to access certain websites. The companies plan to deny one access to those sites after several accusations. This policy is already in place in France where after three alerts one may be barred from accessing the internet for up to one year.
3# Connection Slowdowns and Bandwidth Limits
Unknown to most people is that there is a limit on the amount of data even the fastest internet connection can handle at once. If people are using BitTorrent and other similar programs to download files, you will notice a significant drop in the speed of your connection. Most of the ISPs have systems that limit the bandwidth clients can use at any given time. Having too many people using your connection to download files and access various websites will result in a bandwidth restriction. Exceeding the set limits can also lead to penalties such as additional charges on your monthly subscription.
4# Revealing Windows File Shares and Local Services
Windows are programmed to prompt you to select the type of network that you are connecting to before starting to use the connection. A home network is more secure and trusted as it allows you to enjoy Windows file-sharing features. If the connection is not secured with a password, windows will perceive it as a public network, which means that anyone can use it to access your computer files without your consent.
Finally, when using a public Wi-Fi network, your internet traffic is transferred from your computer in unencrypted form. Anyone can monitor your web browsing patterns by tracking the specific web pages that you access unless you are using an HTTPS website.
5# Disclosing Internet Traffic and Browsing Patterns
When using a public Wi-Fi network, your internet traffic is transferred from your computer in unencrypted form. Anyone can monitor your web browsing patterns by tracking the specific web pages that you access unless you are using an HTTPS website.
Clearly, it is imperative to secure your Wi-Fi using a password to be safe when browsing the internet.