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#1 Hermit

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 07:10 PM

I have been appproached by a new neighbour who is renting on a short term and can't get a contract for a line rental for a computer.
He has asked me if I have Wifi and I told him that I don't realy know what Wifi is and my computer is a plug it in the wall variety. He has said that if he buys a wifi gadget and plugs it in my computer he will be able to access from my wifi.

It all sounds a bit dodgy to me. If I say yes does that mean he will be able to hack into my computer or will I get stung with some out of the blue charges?

Please could anyone advise, many thanks.....

#2 Borgus

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 07:47 PM

Don't do it!

At the very least, you will have no control of what or how much he could download and you will be the one held responsible. If he downloads a high volume of video, TV, films, music, etc., it could exceed any monthly download limit you may have or violate fair usage policy. And there could also be the risk of accessing data on your PC.

Once the wi-fi connection is setup, there is no guarantee that he will not pass the secure access code to any visitors and allow them to use the internet.

Add to that the wi-fi access point will have to be switched on all the time, and you have to pay for the electric, then he has a bit of a cheek asking! :blink:
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#3 Axean

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 01:42 AM

Borgus has summed it up well.

I guess most people could sympathise with someone who cant get internet access, but you can't risk it.

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 09:10 AM

ask your neighbour to get a dongle through Virgin, O2 or any of the other providers. They will be pre-loaded with a certain size i.e. 3GB etc.. and he can pay for that.

no broadband access isn't really an excuse for not having internet anymore...

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#5 gekko

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 02:16 PM

Agree with palacegirl. Tell him to buy a dongle from one of the several operators providing them.
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#6 charlie

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 02:24 PM

I'm no techie but even I have heard of dongles. All sounds a bit suss. What Borgus said "Don't do it" Hermy!

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 02:38 PM

He doesn't even need a dongle; most recent mobiles can be used to go online with a computer, he just needs a free data contract from his mobile provider and either wifi or a cheap connector...
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Posted 19 February 2012 - 02:57 PM

Best avoided - remember he can access illegal sites (i.e. illegal download sites, illegal porn etc.) and it would be on your account. . .

#9 Michael Charles

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 04:52 PM

Wow!

A neighbor seeks a charitable soul to help him gain access to the internet and is demonized by accusations of anarcho terrorism.

Maybe he just want to surf VN,

TBH I wouldn't let anyone connect to mine, I doubt he's dodgy but it just isn't worth the worry.
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#10 Summit Lover

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 04:55 PM

Agree not worth the risk. Odd thing to ask too.

#11 Hermit

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 07:35 PM

Thanks everyone for your help on this. :)
turns out he has tried to ask someone else in our house and they taught the eastern european man some new words!
I will politely but firmly decline him.