What Should I Do if I Find My Neighbor Stealing My Wi-Fi?

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My Neighbor Is Stealing Wi-Fi From Me! How Do I Stop Them?

Did you sit down after a long day at work to browse the internet or play a heavy-duty game only to realize that your internet wasn’t working properly? You check everything—everything seems to be fine until you notice the number of devices connected. It turns out your neighbor is using your Wi-Fi without your permission. How do you get them to stop?

This article will help you understand how to protect your Wi-Fi from unauthorized users. If you need help dealing with a neighbor stealing Wi-Fi from you, to solve your problem!

How To Confirm if Your Neighbor Is Stealing Your Wi-Fi

Wi-Fis can slow down if a lot of devices are connected to it. If you suspect your neighbor is using your Wi-Fi without your permission, here are a couple of ways you can confirm that:

  • Check the list of your connected devices and see if you’ll find any unknown ones
  • Shut down all your Wi-Fi-connected devices and see if your router will keep transferring data to a user

How Can You Protect Your Wi-Fi From Unauthorized Users?

If you want to protect your Wi-Fi from unauthorized access, follow a few steps mentioned below:

  • Change your Wi-Fi password. If you don’t have a password and WPA2 security, enable both
  • Hide your Wi-Fi’s SSID so it doesn’t show up as a connectable device
  • Set a wireless MAC filter to enable access only to authorized devices
  • Use mobile apps like Wi-Fi Guard or Wi-Fi Thief Detector
  • Download programs like Wireless Network Watcher, which looks out for any suspicious and unauthorized activity on your Wi-Fi

Is It Illegal To Use Someone’s Wi-Fi Without Their Consent?

According to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, it is a criminal offense to use anyone’s Wi-Fi without their permission. Check your state’s internet regulations to confirm if you can press charges.

Can You Be Held Responsible if Someone Carries Out Illegal Activities on Your Wi-Fi?

If you believe someone is doing illicit or illegal activities on your Wi-Fi, whether you gave them consent or not, you need to immediately report it to the authorities. Although you will likely not be held responsible if someone else uses your internet to do something illegal, you should still make sure you’re in the clear.

What Steps Can You Take if You Suspect Your Neighbor Is Using Your Wi-Fi?

You can take two steps if you’re sure your neighbor is using your internet:

  1. Reason with your neighbor
  2. Send a demand letter

Reason With Your Neighbor

The best way to handle neighbor issues is to confront your neighbor politely. Try being friendly and considerate. Here are some steps you can follow:

  1. Figure out when they’re home so you can go and talk
  2. Take some home-baked cookies or muffins to break the ice
  3. Speak calmly and tell them you know they’ve been using your internet
  4. Explain how it disrupts your bandwidth and download speed
  5. Offer solutions, such as getting a separate internet to connect, sharing costs with the current connection, etc.

If you want to share an internet connection with your neighbor, make sure you read the terms and conditions of the service provider contract. Most internet companies do not allow shared usage of Wi-Fi.

Send a Demand Letter

If your neighbor promised you they’d stop but you still find their devices connected to your Wi-Fi, it’s time to escalate the issue. Send them a warning letter that contains all the facts and information about the situation. Let them know you will inform the local authorities if they don’t stop.

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Here’s what you need to do:

  1. in your web browser
  2. Search for the Neighbor Complaint feature
  3. Enter details about your specific issue
  4. Type in additional information about the situation

DoNotPay will generate the letter and send it to your neighbor. Most of the time, that is enough to convince your neighbor to back off. If they still don’t, file a complaint with the local authorities.

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