B&Bs Told to Tighten Internet Security

August 4, 2010 at 10:17 am 3 comments

By the nature of their business, B&B owners have to be a trusting lot, letting strangers into their homes on a daily basis. Now, however, B&Bs in the UK are being warned that this welcome-all attitude should not extend to their wireless networks.

As the needs of the modern traveller evolve, B&Bs are realising that it is not just businessmen who require access to the internet while away. More and more B&Bs are introducing wireless networks into their properties to satisfy the demand for instant, 24-hour internet access.

But while B&Bs may be keeping up with trends, fears are that they may not be fully up to date with security, according to Travelmole.

With reported cases of e-crimes having doubled in some areas over the last 10 years, new laws introduced in the UK this year as part of the Digital Economy Act mean that B&B owners could find themselves liable for any criminal activity committed on their network.

Tourist boards are recommending that B&Bs use passwords to secure their networks, as well as writing comprehensive terms and conditions which guests must sign to be allowed access.

VisitWales has sent out factsheets to Wales B&Bs with detailed instructions on how to write such documents, as well as how to create passwords and encrypt networks, all of which can help improve security.

Do you offer WiFi in your B&B? What steps do you take to make sure it’s secure? As a guest would you be put off by having to sign terms and conditions? Leave us your thoughts below.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Paul White  |  August 4, 2010 at 11:12 am

    This is common sense for everyone isn’t it? You don’t have an open wireless network whether you have a B&B or not.
    As for the guests signing an agreement well I agree with that entirely. It’s a difficult area as most B&Bs will just give guests access to their personal ISP so if they do abuse it then they don’t really have a leg to stand on.

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    • 2. bedandbreakfastworldblog  |  August 4, 2010 at 11:47 am

      Thanks for the comment Paul – hopefully these regulations will help us all become a bit more internet savvy!

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  • 3. Roland  |  August 4, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    I guess this is a watch this space situation, I know of one B&B who was threatened with prosecution because his (password protected) connection was used for illegal downloads. I change my password regularly and only give it out when asked, that way I can make a note of who has access to my connection.

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