Chris Hudson, owner of Reliant Computer Services in Lakeland
LAKELAND, FL (WFLA) -
The investigation into a Lakeland man charged with sexual battery on children comes with a lesson for all of us who use computers.
Neighbors were stunned when news broke that a man accused of sexually abusing children, videoing it, and sharing it online lived in their Lakeland neighborhood.
But the Department of Homeland Security Investigations agent working the case has details that should be a wake-up call for all of us using the internet.
“What was happening was the Wi-Fi connection that he was using was unprotected, so people were using his unprotected Wi-Fi connection,” Special Agent Shane Folden said.
Not only did use of an open Wi-Fi connection delay finding 40-year-old Benjamin Cuadrado, it put someone with no involvement in the crime under the radar.
“It’s another lesson for those who don't encrypt or protect their Wi-Fi. At the time it actually delayed us a bit because we're following an individual who looks like a potential target who actually wasn't but that individual just wasn't protecting their Wi-Fi,” Folden said.
Chris Hudson owns Reliant Computer Services in Lakeland and says something that just takes two or three minutes to set up can save you a lot of money and headaches that a criminal can easily cost you.
“Let's say they want to look at porn. Let's say they want to do identity theft. Let's say they want to do anything illegal without having a quick detection that it's them,” Hudson said.
Hudson says unsecure Wi-Fi is the reason a lot of customers walk through his door. He offers the set up service for those who don't want to give it a shot but he says if you're confused, a quick how-to question in Google will bring you a step-by-step process.
It's a decision that could not only be a service to you, but also those fighting crime.
“We went to the extent of knocking on doors,” HSI’s Folden said. “There's nothing we won't do to identify these individuals.”
Hudson said the main sign that someone is using your connection is a recognizable delay in internet speed.
Also, he suggests when it comes to making a security password, include characters that are capitalized, numbers, and punctuation to make it almost impossible to detect.