From: Craig Phillips <>

Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 1:05 PM


Subject: Cocktail Talk - Leeches & Creepy People



Cocktail Talk

May 2015

Cocktail Talk

Dear Craig:   

Welcome to CN Consulting's "Cocktail Talk".


Cocktail Talk is a casual monthly newsletter intended to arm you with amusing bits and bytes of information on whats happening in the computer world. Topics sure to break the ice and capture an audience at many a social or business event.


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Currently, on Cocktail Talk - Leeches & Creepy People


Ashley (not her real name) complained for a year that her notebook computer had trouble with the wireless in her apartment. In our typical Daddy-Daughter relationship I was not going to be allowed access to fix it, I just had to listen to endless complaints over $15 martinis while I sipped Coca-Cola.


Over and over I told her "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness.", then I remembered "insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results" and bought her a tablet.


The tablet performed flawlessly for weeks, then didn't, and Topeka! I was invited to the party. All the passwords and IP Addresses were no longer Top Secret and I was allowed access. 


Maybe too much NCIS and Criminal Minds makes her think I can hack networks and spy on her, maybe it's because she's seen me hack a government network from our public library. Kids nowadays, they're so kooky..


Ashley had "Leeches". Leeches are people who use your wi-fi to access your internet instead of paying for their own. I think that constitutes "Theft of Services" and if something injurious happens to you because they cause degraded internet access there should be a civil suit for damages. Anyway.


Five leeches; a phone, three computers, and a Chromecast device so they could all stream Netflix to the big screen on Ashley's dime degrading her bandwidth causing her graduate school websites to freeze and crash.


I removed them with extreme prejudice and her websites are now lightning fast and crash free.


In case you think leeching is harmless, consider the guy who gets his door kicked in by the Feds at 6 a.m. accused of distributing Child Pornography because his pedophile neighbor has been leeching his internet. 


There are even contests, like the SOHOpelessly Broken contest, held at the DefCon 22 Security Conference that challenge hackers to hack the top ten routers on the market.


Guess what? 85% of the wireless routers on the market are hackable, including the Linksys, ASUS, TRENDnet, Netgear, TP-Link, D-Link, and Belkin routers from CDW, BestBuy, Walmart and your Internet Service Provider.


There's a ton of information on how to better secure your router to keep leeches off your wireless network. Your Internet Service Provider isn't going to help you. They feel the router, even if it's theirs and you just rent it, is your responsibility.


It's not Rocket Science, just Computer Science, and you can login to your router and take a look around. There are manuals online for your router, and online help to explain things while you're logged in. If you get nervous just do nothing and you'll be automatically logged out after a few minutes.


At the very least, in the shallow end of the pool, you'll be able to see who is using your network listed by the name of the device. If you see "Craig's Notebook" I can probably see you too, unless your name is Craig. Just kidding, Craig's Notebook is not the real name.



Leeches, pedophiles, Netflix, Rocket Science or not, that's your call, and that's Cocktail Talk.



Thank you for reading,



Craig Phillips

CN Consulting, Inc.





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