Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I've heard that it can be a criminal offence to use my neighbour's unsecured Wi-Fi. Is this true?

Without going into the specifics of authorisation and telecommunications licensing, we'll assume that this would occur without your neighbour's consent and that the unsecured connection was used for browsing the internet (without conducting any form of network interception to see what your neighbour is doing online).

To date, most criminal investigations have tended to focus on what the open Wi-Fi connection was actually used for. As a result, you should speak to a criminal lawyer with experience in cybercrime offences if you have been contacted by the police in relation to the use of your internet connection. On the other hand, it is unclear whether the police would be in a position to assist if you believe your Wi-Fi is being merely accessed by your neighbours for web browsing. A much more practical solution in this case is to take steps to implement security on your wireless connection.


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