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Does your router have an interesting name?

Some of the routers near me have the owner's name or the name of the router plus part of their phone number, which is kinda the default around these parts.

Never being one to follow trends, I decided to give my router a name of its own. I now log onto "Idiot's Net" :) I bet my neighbors are all wondering who *that* is.

What's your connection's name?

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My computer logs on automatically, so I haven't seen the name since the day I got it, so it's whatever it came with.

It may be a security risk posting this info. online. (?)

*I just looked - yeah, it's just a generic code.
 
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Probably not a security risk of someone parsing out your password if they are aware of your ssid (router's name), but if it's their name or phone number it might be.

But as for posting it here, mine is a variation of my and DS's names, so I'll pass. OK, I'll share the one I named my phone's internet sharing's ssid: Go JT Go.

Our second home is in a fair size apartment building in an urban environment. When my computer searches for available routers there are dozens to choose from. Some are humorous, some are easy to figure to whom they belong. Fitzfam is one. If I think of it when we are there I'll post some of the better ones.

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Even though your computer logs on automatically, it should have a security code/password/passphrase enabled as well. If you try to add another computer/device to your system, it should prompt you for a password before letting you in. If your setup isn't like this (and I bet it is), you are very vulnerable to outside usage, hacking, etc.

So no, it shouldn't pose a security risk posing that info online.

Fern

My computer logs on automatically, so I haven't seen the name since the day I got it, so it's whatever it came with.

It may be a security risk posting this info. online. (?)

*I just looked - yeah, it's just a generic code.
 

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Actually, it can easily be a security risk to display your wifi network. Many don't have a secure password, or use outdated password technology which is easily breached. When I travel I use a portable access point and hide the name from broadcasting, so others shouldn't even know it's there. I need to enter the network name into each device (along with a secure password) when connecting.

This is a good time to remind everyone to use a secure password with WPA-2. More info for those interested... https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wi-Fi_Protected_Access


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Actually, it can easily be a security risk to display your wifi network.

There's very little privacy left in our society, but I try to remain anony-mouse whenever possible. :cool:
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My router's name

Heck Fern, I'll share mine with you - no security risk out here in podunk land. When you live over 12 miles from a town of 450, you don't have to worry too much about folks being in range to pick up your router even if it isn't password protected.

Except the few neighbours of course. You know, the ones that will drop whatever they are doing to come help you if need be - not exactly the kind of folks you are worried will hack your computer. Love it here - I ain't never moving back to the city!

Plus, my router's name is SO original - Home. Yup, Home. But I do have a convoluted password so I should be good to go just in case .......
 

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Our network name is Moe - which is the name of our dog. It's password protected so I'm not too worried.
 

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I use my street number for the name, so guests don't have to guess. I've seen neighbors that don't have security enabled on their router. If the name was their street number, I'd know who it was and could let them know they were vulnerable.
 

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I have wanted to call my router a sleazy names of neighbors I don't care for.

"Hank is a jerk" ... But I resist the temptation
 

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There's one in my neighborhood I see now and then named "FBI Monitoring." :D

(We did have a house occupied by some kind of Russian illegals, but I think they were just car parts thieves. They've been gone awhile. But the FBI Monitoring folks are still around from time to time.)

Most of the neighborhood networks I can see from here are neighbor's last names, with or without other characters afterwards. The others are Xfinity or Verizon or Comcast or some such.

My own network name is a disinteresting acronym abbreviation for a game controller I no longer own. "NWGC" doesn't mean anything to anyone, but it's easy to remember, it isn't like anyone else's, and I saw no need to change the name. I did add a year to it, so it's eight characters long. Ho hum. :)

I think FBI Monitoring is much more interesting. LOL!

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Haven't named our network, but my daughter's computer is The Millennium Falcon.
Scanning our neighborhood, we have both UCLA and USC fans nearby; and one GodIsGood.
Her son is the drug dealer on the block.
 

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I also use my house number and street name, with WPA2 and a strong password that I change every thirty days. I also monitor the connection logs.


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It may be a security risk posting this info. online. (?)

Anyone close to your router can get the same info very easily. There are far greater things to worry about in life than someone knowing the name of your router. The key is password protection and WPA-2 as Ken mentioned above - though I definitely don't recommend hiding your network name as he mentions.
 

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Lot's of folks label them 'FBI Surveillance' or similar.

I love it.

One piece of advice: If you decide to cheat on your boyfriend/girlfriend--as apparently somebody did in my daughters college-apartment complex..... You should expect to see some very bad things with your name attached.....

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Actually, it can easily be a security risk to display your wifi network. Many don't have a secure password, or use outdated password technology which is easily breached. When I travel I use a portable access point and hide the name from broadcasting, so others shouldn't even know it's there. I need to enter the network name into each device (along with a secure password) when connecting.

This is a good time to remind everyone to use a secure password with WPA-2. More info for those interested... https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wi-Fi_Protected_Access


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Even hidden SSID can be easily discoverer with a free app on your phone.

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I'm not going to post mine but I've seen some funny ones. "FBI surveillance van" is a popular theme.

During elections we have changed ours to VoteFor___
 

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I was trying to find a signal in a shopping mall recently, and the only one that came up was "No WIFI For You"
 

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Even hidden SSID can be easily discoverer with a free app on your phone.

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Yes, of course. I didn't say I did it at home, and I didn't say it definitively increases security. It does, however, decrease the likelihood of someone trying to connect. This means that even a less than complex password (which, you've gotta admit, is highly likely amongst the TUG crowd) would be more secure...especially when traveling. I don't hide home networks.

For the curious, even my hidden network when traveling isn't a problem for me to connect once setup. All my devices, including the Roku Stick, remember the complex password.

Wifi wasn't designed to hide the name, which is why you can find it using certain utilities.


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Public wifi is so common nowadays, even my sister's VA Clinic has it in their waiting rooms.

The cell phone signal isn't good, but the wifi is. Go figure.

But hey, I'm good with it. I'd rather not hear all those private phone conversations. Its hard to tune out all that noise. Heck, even the tvs many/most doctors have in their waiting rooms bother me.

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The hospital where I work has free WiFi for the public. Our network guys were all excited because they were able to provide some serious bandwidth for free to family and friends of patients. Everyone was pleased. And then the lawsuit threat letters started...

Apparently, some folks were coming into our waiting rooms and common areas, and using our super-duper free bandwidth to download massive amounts of illegal information, porn, and whatnot from the Internet. Whoops!

So now they have the public WiFi locked down to minimal access, all known "bad" websites blocked, and whatever other sort of control they can exert. The download party has ended. Now we get complaints that people can't get to their favorite news website a lot of the time.

So they put a super-huge flat screen TV on the wall of the cafeteria, and tuned it to a news channel. And then turned off the sound. ??? A lot of the time the TV isn't even turned on, because people complained it was a "distraction."

Sometimes I just have to shake my head and walk away... :D

Dave
 
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