Haven't Password-Protected Your Router? This Story May Convince You To : The Two-Way As he lay on the floor "with assault weapons trained on him," a man in Buffalo, N.Y., realized he'd made an awful mistake. His new router wasn't protected, and someone had been downloading child porn with his signal.
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Haven't Password-Protected Your Router? This Story May Convince You To

As he lay on the floor "with assault weapons trained on him" and federal agents accusing him of being a pedophile and pornographer, a man in Buffalo, N.Y., realized he'd made an awful mistake.

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He hadn't password-protected his new router and someone had been using his wireless connection to download child porn.

And, as The Associated Press writes, that man's experience — and similar things that have happened to others — underscores how important it is to password-protect a wireless router.

There is another angle to the story, writes Radley Balko at the Reason blog: Police might want to "see if a suspect's wireless network is secure, and therefore that they have the right guy, before they break into his home and point their guns at his head."