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Old 11-26-2013, 12:34 AM
 
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I was at work and their was an open cubicle to the secretary which people tended to congregate for any conversation. One day, the Assistant Director sat at my desk when I went out of the room and came back and threw a fit. "WTF are you doing!" She said I just needed to send this email. I said, do you realize everyone who gets that memo will now think I sent it. Use your own damn computer." Supposedly a very smart woman couldn't have been dumber.
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Old 11-26-2013, 12:36 AM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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Wow, I never thought of these consequences.

I'm in a similar position - neighbor across the road is disabled, older and doesn't drive. He's hoping to be able to afford a laptop in the next month or two and I told him he could use my wifi. Should I not do this?

I am also curious how someone on a separate computer can infect another computer with a virus?
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Old 11-26-2013, 04:51 AM
 
Location: a primitive state
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Wow, I never thought of these consequences.

I'm in a similar position - neighbor across the road is disabled, older and doesn't drive. He's hoping to be able to afford a laptop in the next month or two and I told him he could use my wifi. Should I not do this?

I am also curious how someone on a separate computer can infect another computer with a virus?
If you know and trust him, why not? There's a big difference between freeloaders and helping a friend in need. Just explain your basic security rules and you'll have an ally for a neighbor.
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Old 11-26-2013, 05:57 AM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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If they use your network (wireless) I think the network software can get a virus. Get really good security. Also you may trust your neighbor but who might he give the password to?
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Old 11-26-2013, 06:00 AM
 
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If they use your network (wireless) I think the network software can get a virus. Get really good security. Also you may trust your neighbor but who might he give the password to?
I would also delete your browsing history in the two places I know it shows up. Do you really want your neighbors to see what kind and how much the underwear you buy is.
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Old 11-26-2013, 07:43 AM
 
Location: middle tennessee
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I know very little about computers.

My computer can have more than one user, each with their own password. Could two people sharing wifi set it up this way? Would a virus for one user infect both computers?

I would still have to know and trust the person I was sharing with.

Also, is it against the "rules" (and whose rules would those be?) to share?
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Old 11-26-2013, 07:46 AM
 
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I don't know how I should feel, but I feel kinda bad right now.

In my small complex I think there are like three tenants living on SS, some are in their 50s, some just don't go to work in the year I've lived there. My neighbor this morning asked if he could get the password to my internet before I was heading into work, I didn't think about it because I'm used to the idea of roommates using my internet (which I paid for).

Then my brain kicked in and told me some of the ramifications if I let him use my secured internet:

--illegal downloads which would be under my name
--risking personal data available
--If this guy did something bad like child porn or stalking, my name will show up if I'm being tracked and I'll be the one that's screwed. Chances are no one is going to fess up, even if I point the finger it'd make me look bad.

So to summarize, I told him it would breach my contract with my ISP and he didn't seem to happy, especially when he said "Well you shouldn't of told them" and couldn't wait to get back to his apartment.

I should be used to dealing with shady Kingmanites over the years, but an old man with a trailerish family with police coming there every once so often set off a big red flag. Plus, I've allowed people to take advantage of me before because I gave them the benefit of the doubt but yet I get screwed.

Yet my guilty conscience won't let me sleep tonight. Perhaps it's my GC that makes me such an easy target in the first place. Think I'm overreacting?
Guilty? Hell no. Overreacting? Hell, no.

You know, in the age of child porn and all kinds of other whack jobs, I would not more let a perfect stranger have access to my internet connection than flap my arms and fly to the moon.

Tell this guy to get his own internet, because he's obviously up to no good.
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Old 11-26-2013, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Ouachita Mtns of Arkansas
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I recently had a neighbor askk me for my password too. I said no for the same reasons. He will not talk to me now. Too bad, so sad.
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Old 11-26-2013, 07:56 AM
 
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I would be VERY careful who I would let use my wifi. We let our next door neighbors use it but we hang out all the time, they are friends, and help us out whenever they can, too. So it is a give and take relationship. It actually makes me happy when I can help them.

I would not give it to anyone else just because I say hello once a day to them.
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Old 11-26-2013, 08:34 AM
 
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You should never let anyone else use your wifi. You are opening yourself up for all kinds of trouble. People we know are not always who we think they are. Only people who live in your home should use it.
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