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A concerned parent (and wife) has asked us whether it's possible for a neighbor to log into their laptop over Wi-Fi and use the Web browser:
"My son who is 12 has a laptop, and we have had Wi-Fi installed in our home for him... . I was using my son's laptop, and when I went to type in the address there were adult sites on the drop down menu... . I asked my son about it and he seemed like he really didn't know about it... . I questioned my husband on it and he's saying it must be a neighbor on the Wi-Fi.

"I just would like to know is it possible for a neighbors history to be on my son's laptop?"
I certainly have an opinion about what's happening here. What do you think?
Discuss - Can Neighbors Use Your Web Browser over Wi-Fi?
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February 20, 2009 at 3:13 pm
(1) Expert Nerd says:

Yes, it’s possible. Use a secured network.

February 24, 2009 at 4:03 pm
(2) David says:

Sure, it’s _possible_ but I’d bet on hubby or son. Or both. Want to be sure?

1. Enable WPA-SPK or above wireless security
2. Install keylogging/web monitoring software (not sure what to use? Ask your local school’s IT for recommendations–often they just use some relatively easy to use, low-tech software appliance, since their wages are usually lowball for IT–YMMV, depending on your school district :-) )

You’ll lower the likelihood of intrusion to “not likely” levels and (most probably) zero in on the liar.

February 24, 2009 at 10:38 pm
(3) faisal says:

yes…it’s possible.. but you make security in Wi-Fi or A.P ,can’t possible…either preshred key or ssid….

February 25, 2009 at 3:48 am
(4) oldmotem says:

If your wi-fi had been used by your neighbor, there is no reason his use of the network would be in your browser’s history records on your own machine. Unless you have some type of server set up, I doubt your neighbor could run anything on your machine. He’d be using your wi-fi connection to get to the internet. Of course, I’m sure it’s possible, if he’s a professional computer nerd.

February 25, 2009 at 4:41 pm
(5) Geeky Granny says:

The neighbor could use the Wi-Fi if it’s not secure, but I agree with oldmotem, there is no way the neighbor would have his browsing history on a computer in the house, it would be on his OWN computer. So, son or dad, or both, need to ‘fess up.

March 4, 2009 at 6:29 am
(6) Asif Afzaal says:

yes u can if u pass any secert key.then no one can do this,only these persons that u allow can use it.

March 5, 2009 at 12:06 am
(7) poy says:

i think, you can only access the wireless connection. if you know the wep key of their server..unless the server didn’t not include the security of this.

January 11, 2010 at 11:08 am
(8) James says:

Either your son or husband were looking at porn. Come to terms with it. It’s what men do. It’s normal.

January 28, 2010 at 10:47 pm
(9) TF says:

Your kid was looking at porn.

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