Yet another reason to keep your WiFi secured: psycho-nutball neighbors:
Barry Ardolf, 46, repeatedly hacked into his next-door neighbors’ WiFi network in 2009, and used it to try and frame them for child pornography, sexual harassment, various kinds of professional misconduct and to send threatening e-mail to politicians, including Vice President Joe Biden.
Ardolf downloaded WiFi hacking software and spent two weeks cracking the Kostolnik’s WEP encryption.
Step 1: Do not use WEP. It is easy to crack, and there’s plenty of documentation on the subject, as illustrated by the suspect’s library:
The FBI got a search warrant for Ardolf’s house and computer, and found reams of evidence, including copies of data swiped from the Kostolniks’ computer, and hacking manuals with titles such as Cracking WEP Using Backtrack: A Beginner’s Guide, Tutorial: Simple WEP Crack Aircrack-ng, and Cracking WEP with BackTrack 3 – Step by Step instructions. They also found handwritten notes laying out Ardolf’s revenge plans, and a cache of snail mail that Ardolf had apparently stolen from the Kostolniks’ mailbox and stashed under his bed.
Kick your encryption up to WPA2 at least, and use a nice long key with many different types of characters and symbols.
And if you don’t actually have wireless devices in your home, turn off the radio!