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Windows 7: Brits "could face legal action" for leaving Wi-Fi unsec

20 May 2010   #11
brianzion

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

very true very true
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20 May 2010   #12
DarkStar GT

Windows Home Premium (64)
 
 

... and if I leave my keys in my unlocked car and someone takes it to commit a bank robbery or worse, would I be similarly liable? Roll on the coalition ("ConDemNation" I saw written somewhere)

[off-topic]
PS1: There'll be a surcharge on your TV licence to pay (BT?) for nation-wide "fast" broadband infrastructure.

PS2: I recently heard of a scrappage deal for analogue radios - get 10%? off a DAB radio. But why bother?

PS3: We have 4 analogue radios and 2 stereo receivers here. Times 30 million households and that's 180 million usable products ending up in landfill - not very green is it. And DAB quality is not so good. :shrug:
[/off-topic]
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20 May 2010   #13
z3r010

 

Darkstar, as I understand it there will not be a surcharge on the TV Tax licence, just the BBC will get less and the rest will go to the fibre roll out. (edit) more info here - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/10131375.stm

Radio scrappage - I think this will be scrapped in the June budget, as one of the wasteful spending commitments that we cant afford.
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20 May 2010   #14
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

Back on topic

I have noticed a change in the way that consumer broadband packages are provided - whereas the default security was always set to no security, now you tend to see a WPA2 with a fairely secure password pre-set when the package is shipped to the user.

This is reflected in the status of wireless networks that show up in my area - the number of unsecured systems is a lot lower than it used to be.

On an interesting side-note to this - what would be the situation if the act was passed for those providing free hotspot wireless access - coffee shops and the like?
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20 May 2010   #15
manhunter2826

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

Another thought, esp. with regards to Barman's insightful comment: there is probably a correlation here too with anti-terrorism legislation. The UK Govt. might not say so explicitly...
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20 May 2010   #16
kucing13

 

i think many people setup their WI-FI unsecured. WPA2 means nothing to them?
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20 May 2010   #17
mpcrsc562

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kucing13 View Post
i think many people setup their WI-FI unsecured. WPA2 means nothing to them?
I don't think the know anything about it. I think people think of everything as being "plug and play" and no further attention needs to be given to it.

As far as the main topic, I heard about this on the local radio station the other day. In theory, I agree with it. But as we all know, more often than not, implementation is usally knee-jerk so it is not done right at all. I think there needs to be more to enlighten "less informed users" of the security benefits of setting up home wireless networks without any security.
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20 May 2010   #18
HMonk

Dual boot XP Pro SP3x86 and Win7 Pro x64
 
 

@Brianzion: you say "THIS COUNTRY IS A JOKE SOMETIMES"

Yes, and we here across the pond are doing our best to outdo you.

Monk
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20 May 2010   #19
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HMonk View Post
@Brianzion: you say "THIS COUNTRY IS A JOKE SOMETIMES"

Yes, and we here across the pond are doing our best to outdo you.

Monk
You nailed that!!
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20 May 2010   #20
HMonk

Dual boot XP Pro SP3x86 and Win7 Pro x64
 
 

This reminds me of one glaring example of an instance where people are wont to project their responsibility on to someone/some place else.

I am a Harley rider and, over the years, Harley-Davidson has had to defend itself in lawsuits (many related to laying the bike down and mangling a leg) because the lawyers claimed Harley was producing an inherently dangerous product.

Well duh . . . .

Monk
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