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Can I Catch Someone Stealing Internet?


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tallen0

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My wireless network is unsecured and I plan on securing it, but I'm pretty sure that someone is connecting to it and using my internet service.

I'm curious if there is any way that I can figure out who is doing this? Is there anyway that I trace it back to that computer?

Thanks.
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The moral of the story: Secure your network.
The only way you'll trace it is to go round every house and every room in the neighbourhood. Not worth the effort.
Secure your network and secure it good.
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My wireless network is unsecured and I plan on securing it, but I'm pretty sure that someone is connecting to it and using my internet service.

I'm curious if there is any way that I can figure out who is doing this? Is there anyway that I trace it back to that computer?

Thanks.


Actually there is a way. :)

If you use a hardware firewall, it allows you to trace all incoming and outcoming internet connections.
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actually if you log into your router's control panel you can check it's DHCP registration and MAC list...if you see a computer name that you don't recognize, then someone's connected to your router
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actually if you log into your router's control panel you can check it's DHCP registration and MAC list...if you see a computer name that you don't recognize, then someone's connected to your router


Yes but the original question was to trace the address back to a specific computer or person, which is possible if you're happy to knock on a hundred doors or more depending on the wireless range and then hope that somebody admits, yes I stole your internet. Realistically nobody will own up to it.
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yeah i overlooked that tidbit....however if his neighbors are anything like mine, he'll be able to tell who's connected by the way they name their computers
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