Will You Be Accused of Collecting Child Pornography

Throughout the years we have advised that you should use encryption on your home WI-FI. There are ma y reasons for this, including keeping your data confidential, but not having encryption enabled on your home WI-FI can put you at serious risk of having your doors knocked down and being arrested for downloading child pornography.

You think it can’t happen to you? That’s what other people have thought before the police or FBI came to arrest them for crimes they did not commit. An Associated Press article http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42740201/ns/technology_and_science-wireless/ explains how this happens. In a nutshell, if you don’t require a password to use your WI-FI then any sleaze bag can use your WI-FI to download child pornography, but to law enforcement it is going to look like you were doing the misdeed. Some law enforcement agencies have made this mistake before and learned to check first to see if the WI-FI is wide open, but evidently not all agencies have learned this simple lesson yet.

Do yourself a favor. Make sure you have encryption enabled on your home and business WI-FI systems.

Randy Abrams
Director of Technical Education
Cyber Threat Analysis Center
ESET North America

Author , ESET

  • John

    I have idiots that like to be jerks with me on You Tube, calling me a "pedophile" etc.  Never in my life Have I ever done anything wrong and never will either.  But one of them managed to obatin my IP address.  I have ESET Smart Security 4.2 something.  I don't have WiFi, but will I know if any of these idiots attempt to load Child Porn into my computer???  Will Eset prevent them from doing that?
    -John L.

    • Randy Abrams

      Simply knowing your IP address is not enough to cause your computer to download files. Every website you visit knows your IP address. ESET can’t prevent anyone from attempting anything. ESET can block many attacks, but no product blocks all attacks. For the record, I do not believe there is anyone who had never done anything wrong and never will.

  • Ralf Muschall

    Securing one's WLAN is of course the convenient way to avoid the problem, but the real solution would be to get the laws fixed.  As child pornography usually is not downloaded but shared via encrypted email or through VPN tunnels among criminals who know and trust each other, hunting downloaders does not make much sense anyway.

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