Your network name could be a security concern that is often easily overlooked. Of course none of that matters if you do not have a locked network with a secure password to prevent network moochers and hackers. So, once you have your network locked and secured with a good password, don’t forget to take a look at your network name.
Older routers used to use default network names, but that just made it that much easier to hack into your account. Why? Since the network name is already known, half the job is already done for the hackers. Suffice it to say, hackers use precomputed “rainbow tables” to get the deed started when cracking your password (assuming you already have a password and you aren’t leaving your network door unlocked to the world.)
So, what makes for a good network name? Here are just a few suggestions to consider:
- Randomize and make sure it is complex. Just like a password, the more random and complex your network name (SSID) is, the harder it is for hackers to get a read on who you are. A lot of new routers come with unique names out of the box, so that’s a good thing. The longer the name, the better.
- Compare your network name to the list of most common network names at: http://bit.ly/1LWmk4N If your network name made the list, it might be a good idea to go back to the drawing board.
- Avoid anything that might identify you. Basically, don’t use your name, address, phone number, burthdate, or any other personal information that could be used to aid in stealing your identity. And, please don’t say your password in your network name. You wouldn’t believe how many people have a network name like PasswordIsCrazyToes. Don’t even use something close. It just opens the door to identity theft and Internet moochers which just kills your bandwidth. This is one time you should be selfish about your bandwidth because other people surfing your network means slower Internet for you.
- For your own personal safety and legalities, don’t use something offensive. People are crazy. Seriously. Don’t give them a reason to go crazy on you by calling your neighbor and idiot in your network name. Plus, you need to be careful about tarnishing anyone’s name too. So, just don’t do it. Save yourself the headache.
When it comes down to it don’t make it easy for hackers and Internet moochers to steal your bandwidth or your identity. Protect yourself with a solid network name and password.