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Wi-Fi etiquette rules


With the growth in home working and reliance on our mobile phones we are all well aware of the importance of quality Wi-Fi. Whether we’re at a friend’s house, popping in to see our parents, or simply out and about at the shops, it’s important we all realise what is and is not polite when it comes to using someone else’s Wi-Fi connection.

As iPhone insurance specialists, we always like to keep an eye on the latest tech trends and etiquette rules here at Gadget Cover. Read on to find out if you’re guilty of any of these Wi-Fi faux pas!

Rule 1: Always ask for permission before connecting to someone else’s home Wi-Fi

As a house guest you wouldn’t help yourself to a snack from the fridge or take a shower without asking, would you? So, how is that any different to using your host’s Wi-Fi connection? More users often means slower speeds and worse performance for all. In our connected world it’s common for guests to ask to use Wi-Fi and for hosts to agree but it’s important to show the courtesy of asking.

Rule 2: Don’t change someone’s Wi-Fi password

Access to Wi-Fi is vital for so much in terms of business and pleasure that messing with someone’s access to their Wi-Fi is a social no-no. Even if you’re pranking a good friend few will find it funny if they can’t send that vital email or upload to Instagram. Similarly, never give that person’s Wi-Fi code to anyone else. If they’ve trusted you, don’t let them down.

But it’s not just phones and computers that use your home Wi-Fi. According to research by broadband provider Hyperoptic, the typical UK home has around six devices which require Wi-Fi, including smart TVs, thermostats, security cameras and lighting. Indeed, almost a fifth of households have up to 10 or more.

Hi-tech accessories like wireless headphones are also increasingly popular. However, just like your mobile, these are also prone to damage, loss of even theft when away from home. Arranging iPhone insurance from Gadget Cover means that we’ll replace any accessories (up to £150) if they are lost, stolen or damaged at the same time as your gadget.

Rule 3: Be respectful when using a host’s Wi-Fi

Whether you’re visiting for a quick cup of coffee or a whole weekend, make sure you’re respectful when using your host’s precious Wi-Fi. Common examples of bad behaviour likely to see you soon outstay your welcome include:

  • Using your phone at the dinner table. This is perhaps the biggest house guest faux pas of all according to house-proud Brits in the Hyperoptic survey. Apparently even worse than nosing around someone’s bedroom without permission, putting your feet on their furniture and helping yourself to some food!
  • Ignoring your host in favour of your gadget. Spending hours surfing the web when you’re a guest in someone else’s home will lead to social friction.
  • Sending and downloading large files or streaming films. These activities can soon disrupt the overall connectivity for everyone using the same Wi-Fi. Which can make others frustrated if their internet connection becomes slow or starts acting up. If you must do this then choose a quiet time when others aren’t using the connection.
  • Opening unknown or suspicious links when using someone else’s Wi-Fi. Hackers, snoopers, scammers and other cybercriminals are always looking for vulnerabilities in people’s defences. Your host won’t thank you for making them a potential target for fraud or identity theft.
  • And finally, it’s the height of bad manners just to visit so you can use their Wi-Fi!

Rule 4: Don’t hijack a neighbour’s Wi-Fi

While a reported third of Brits have tried to get free Wi-Fi by accessing someone else’s broadband without their permission, you could soon find yourself in legal hot water. Whether from a neighbour, an adjoining office or a nearby business accessing an unprotected Wi-Fi network may come at a high price. Known as piggybacking, it is a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 and the Communications Act 2003.

In addition to prosecution, piggybacking brings a whole host of other risks such as:

  • Malware – Who knows what is lurking on someone else’s network? Viruses and many other types of malware could have infested your host’s network and could potentially transfer to your phone.
  • Identity theft – How well do you know your host? They could get to know you more than you would like if you’re not careful. Using their Wi-Fi can provide them with personally identifiable information from you, your employees or clients. An easy way to damage your personal and business life.
  • Fake hotspots – A common tactic of cybercriminals is to set up a fake hotspot in the hope that unsuspecting users will log on for free Wi-Fi and unwittingly disclose, passwords, files and other assets. Don’t let your desire for a free connection lead you to become a victim of crime.

Rule 5: If you’re using a business’s Wi-Fi then make a purchase

Sitting for hours in a coffee shop or other hospitality business using their Wi-Fi isn’t good form if you don’t buy anything. Many businesses offer free Wi-Fi to entice paying customers, not freeloaders! Buying even just a coffee or a soft drink will mean that the business can stay open and offer that useful Wi-Fi to the public.

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Policies arranged through Gadget Cover include protection from accidental damage, liquid damage, theft, breakdown and unauthorised usage as standard. For an extra premium your iPhone can also be covered against loss.

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