Haven't Password-Protected Your Router? This Story May Convince You To

Apr 25, 2011

As he lay on the floor "with assault weapons trained on him" and federal agents accusing him of being a pedophile and pornographer, a man in Buffalo, N.Y., realized he'd made an awful mistake.

He hadn't password-protected his new router and someone had been using his wireless connection to download child porn.

And, as The Associated Press writes, that man's experience — and similar things that have happened to others — underscores how important it is to password-protect a wireless router.

There is another angle to the story, writes Radley Balko at the Reason blog: Police might want to "see if a suspect's wireless network is secure, and therefore that they have the right guy, before they break into his home and point their guns at his head." Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.