Providing a wireless internet connection in common areas has become commonplace in recent years. Many associations leave their network open, without a password, so that residents may freely join the network and access the internet from one of their portable devices. However, this puts the association at risk for liability stemming from illegal downloads. A colleague of mine recently defended an association in a matter where a non-resident accessed their unprotected internet connection and used it to illegally download certain..lets call them…copyrighted materials. While the matter eventually settled it did certainly prove the importance of password protecting internet connections. Of course, an authorized resident may have the password and still use the association’s internet connection to engage in illegal downloading. In this regard it is wise to create a terms and conditions page that each user must also accept before accessing the association’s internet connection.