The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 effectually makes any unauthorized use of a computer a criminal offense. The acts was basically implemented to protect the owner of the computer, originally designed to make sure that computer crimes would not go unpunished. The intent was to protect people’s business data (like financial records or clientele) and punish anyone that attempted to obtain classified information from the U.S. Government.
You have the legal right to call the police on anyone that uses your computer. The next time your boy tries to set meatspin.com as your homepage, just call up the boys in blue to get them. Then they’ll be the one’s seeing meat-spin all of the time when they’re in prison.
If your girlfriend tries to find pictures in your email where you sent this girl a picture of your dick and you don’t know what it is with females but you’re not too good at that shit because you can have yourself a good girl and still be associated to them hood-rats but you just blame everything on her...do exactly that! Blame everything on her ! You may be the scumbag, but you’re not the one breaking any federal laws! Have her cuffed…didn’t she always want to try that in bed? (Source of Italics: Kanye West, “Runaway”).
The CFAA created more than 30 years go. Computers back then we’re entirely different machines than computers today. We wouldnt even know how to use them today…you’d have to imput a bunch of commands and you’d have no idea how to nor what they even are:
Smartphones are protected under the CFAA as they’re considered computers. I mean, they basically are computers–and it makes sense that they’d be protected by the CFAA because most people have sensitive or personal data on their smartphones that are also are on their computers. Literal businesses are run on smartphones and tablets. You have to admit that Tablets should be considered computers because they’ll have someones entire lifework on them. And on that note, you really can’t consider a tablet and a smartphone separate things because an Ipad is just a bigger iPhone.
So next time your psycho jealous insecure boyfriend goes snooping through your phone to see who you’ve been texting or DM’ing, just know you can call the police. And you probably should call the police because it sounds like your boyfriend is the insanely jealous type that can pop off at any time…maybe the cops should be there when he goes through your phone. You may not have done anything wrong, but you never know how someone will interpret something harmless or find something about an ex that you forgot to delete…they say that if you go looking for something you don’t want to find, you will always see it. Ignorance is bliss.
Also sharing Netflix passwords isn’t illegal, despite what you’ve heard. You can’t use a password someone shared with you to steal anything from them, but if they’re letting you use their Netflix, you’re fine. Everyone needs to chill the f**k out about password sharing. This law was made to stop hackers, not crack down on movie watching. Everyone has a wild misconception that computer hackers know all sorts of software and break down all sorts of firewalls, or like “hack into the mainframe.”
The reality is that Hackers just trick you into giving them personal information about yourself so they can answer security questions about you so they can prove to your bank, Venmo, etc., and then steal your shit once they are convincing enough. They don’t even always try and get information from you via computer: hackers do stuff like call you acting like a bank representative or pretending to be telemarketers selling a product you might be interested in.