News

Who's tapping into your wi-fi?

Micro Computers' Giovanni Spinella warns people to secure their wireless networks.
Micro Computers' Giovanni Spinella warns people to secure their wireless networks. Scottie Simmonds

BUNDABERG wireless internet users have been urged to properly secure their home networks after a man was charged for allegedly stealing wi-fi data last week.

Bundaberg Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Senior Sergeant Joe Hildred said the 41-year-old man was charged on Croft St, Bargara, on Friday after allegedly tapping into private but unsecured wi-fi systems using his smartphone.

Det Snr Sgt Hildred said the man's phone was seized and he would appear in court on June 22.

"People should have passwords on their internet," he said.

"It's becoming more of a problem - it's not just a local issue, but worldwide."

Micro Computers Bundaberg head technician Giovanni Spinella said these days, because most people used a lot more devices, such as laptops, iPads and smartphones, they usually opted for a wireless connection.

"Often when they are setting up they are missing the steps of securing the network," he said.

"When you set up a network, not all devices ask to set up the security on the network."

Mr Spinella said securing networks was a step that could be easily missed during home installation.

"Kids these days take over the role of being the technician over their mums or dads," Mr Spinella said.

Without password protection, Mr Spinella said people could access unsecured networks "quite easily".

"They can be at the front of your house, or even a couple of metres away," he said.

"They can connect to the unsecured network straight away.

"Whereas when it is secure, it will prompt them for the password."

Mr Spinella said wi-fi hacking could go relatively unnoticed until a severe drop in download speeds was noticed, or the download allowance was used up.

"Most of the people who are stealing your internet are doing it for a purpose," he said.

The computer technician also warned web users to be wary of "free" wi-fi facilities that ran off a public network.

"Public networks are the most unsecured for people to get in and have a look at your computer while you are connected," he said.

"You are connected to a mainframe that can be accessed.

"Public networks are great because they are free but they're not safe."

 

Wi-fi protection

  • Always use the strongest wireless encryption your modem or router has.
  • Always use the strongest possible network password.

Topics:  crime, internet, security, technology




Why the ex-HMAS Tobruk will never be a museum

The cargo ship HMAS Tobruk may be scuttled in the Great Sandy Strait in a few years.

Hinkler MP said the ex-HMAS Tobruk was not suitable to be a museum.

Million dollar upgrade for closed country club

NEW LOOK: The Gorza family is set to transform the former Alloway Country Club with a new name and stunning renovations. Photo Carolyn Archer / NewsMail

Alloway Country Club to be remodelled

Latest deals and offers

Robbie Williams sings at manager's funeral

Robbie Williams and Lamar sang at the funeral of their manager

Twice as much Troy will please country music lovers

CATCH HIM WHILE YOU CAN: Singer Troy Cassar-Daley plans to take some time off to spend with family next year.

TROY Cassar-Daley is releasing a new album and book.

Courtney Stodden gets Reborn Doll

Courtney Stodden is trying to get over her recent miscarriage

Kate McKinnon 'destitute' before SNL

Kate McKinnon says she can't do anything but act

FBI investigating Leslie Jones website hack

The FBI are investigating Leslie Jones' personal website hack

Katy Perry: 'I stay normal with therapy'

Katy Perry says she relies on therapy to help her 'stay normal'

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Noosa mayor on "red alert" over planning court decision

Mayor Tony Wellington hands down his first budget.

Mayor upset at lack of say about look and feel of Noosa