Have you done anything illegal online lately? No? Are you sure? Internet law is confusing and constantly changes, and it’s hard to keep up with what is and isn’t illegal online. While most of it is pretty much common sense, that doesn’t stop people from falling into trouble. From torrent to unofficial streaming online, common practices online wade into murky waters of questionable legality. Having said that, if you’re like most people, these are 25 Things You’re Doing Online That Are Probably Illegal.
Faking Your IP
While you can mask your IP, faking it is illegal under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Of course, this one shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. You can do all kinds of dodgy things when you’re anonymous.
If you’re using your neighbor’s unsecured Wifi internet without their consent, it’s called “piggybacking,” and it’s illegal.
Selling on eBay without Declaring Earnings
This is pretty much common sense and a fast track way to have the IRS at your door.
Trolls are all over the internet, and it’s likely most people at one point in time have trolled someone. However, if trolling becomes harassment, stalking, or bullying, then it’s illegal.
In most countries, ad blocking isn’t illegal. China, on the other hand, has come out against ad blocking, banning it in their country.