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Security code breached

Discussion in 'Networking' started by brothersolid, May 18, 2015.

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  1. brothersolid

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    Recently my friend allowed his neighbors to access his Cox wireless internet signal by providing the wireless access code to them. I told him he should be concerned because he only has one code which is probably an administrative use code. My questions are: 1. what potential harm may possibly occur to his bank account or other business that could be accessed as a result of them having his Cox internet Wi Fi code. 2. What precautions should he now take as a result of giving them his code and 3. what should he look for as far as indicators of illegal activity to his computer or accounts.

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    If your friend never changed his default administrative password (not the same as the WiFi password or key) his neighbors could log into his modem/router and change the administrative password to lock your neighbor out of his own router/modem. If he no longer wishes for them to have access, he could log in as the modem/router administrator and change the WiFi password.

    http://www.cox.com/residential/supp...rticleId=3c29e430-6e68-11e4-d31e-000000000000

    As for the risks of giving the neighbors the WiFi password, he could 1) risk loosing his Internet service, as most providers prohibit such sharing in the terms of service, 2) risk facing criminal changes if the neighbors use his connection for illegal activities, such as hacking computer systems or downloading copyrighted music and movies or viewing kiddie porn, and 3) possible hacking of his computer, unless he has suitable security settings and security software in place. If he has file sharing enabled between computers on his network, the neighbors would have the same access rights as someone on a computer inside his home.
     
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