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Clever wifi name?

Asked by VoodooLogic (724 points ) February 13th, 2013

I’d like the password to be related to the wifi name.
My last name/password pair was “penguin playground” w/ password: “fatbirdsdontfly”

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SamandMax's avatar

That might be a neat idea, but Wifi connections are not about pretending to be The Riddler. They are about your connection, not someone else’s, if you make it so its just a riddle to be solved to get the password to it, you’re just leaving your wifi connection open to getting ‘jacked.

rebbel's avatar

WhyFi/BCos

poisonedantidote's avatar

Name: Open Gangnam Web

Password: Najeneunttasarouninkanjeoginyeoja

phaedryx's avatar

Name: “Turn Wi-Fi Off”
Password: takeabreakandgooutside

Judi's avatar

DEASURVVAN3-
Password:drugs

Aqua's avatar

Name: FBI Surveillance Van
Password: [redacted]

CWOTUS's avatar

WiFi Name: Frizzer
Password: Underthe0rangetree$

You’d be safe from anyone but another jelly, and even then they’d have to get past the digit “0” and the ”$”, as well as the upper case “U”.

filmfann's avatar

VoodooLogic/Romney2016

ETpro's avatar

ANY name/password pair we suggest for you in an open, searchable forum on the Internet, would be a TERRIBLE security choice. Search password strength. Grab any handle you like, but the password must be totally unrelated to the user name and should be a strong password.

SamandMax's avatar

@ETpro is right, and I know this because I’ve been aware of it for a very, very long time. Even with a list as long as your arm about wifi names and cleverly attached passwords on your own system in a text file, using a password on a wifi connection that’s already established, you can kiss your connection for your own personal and private use goodbye and even the details you’ve put in that text file – depending on whether or not you you have a remote connection service disabled. All it takes is a little software to sniff out the details – and that’s as much as I’m saying. So really, do it. Search that password strength. Unless you don’t mind getting ‘jacked and hacked.

SavoirFaire's avatar

Network: AbrahamLinksys
Password: 4score&7protocols

But ultimately, I also agree with @SamandMax and @ETpro: thematic pairing of your network name and password is a terrible security risk, especially if you’re taking suggestions from a publicly accessible forum. Just stick to clever network names and let the virtue of your passwords be their difficulty to crack.

downtide's avatar

Yikes. Don’t have the password IN ANY WAY related to the username. Someone will figure it out, and get access to your network.

ragingloli's avatar

Unimatrix424:grid116

livelaughlove21's avatar

Perhaps I’m not as tech savvy as I’d like to think, but why does it matter if someone can access your wi-fi? It’s not as if people are billed by usage.

phaedryx's avatar

@livelaughlove21 what if their next step is to download child pornography or pro al-qaeda propoganda? There are a lot of things you probably don’t want traced back to your router.

livelaughlove21's avatar

@phaedryx If they can trace it to a router, they can probably trace it to an IP address, which would belong to someone else’s computer. That just sounds a little paranoid to me. What about places with free wi-fi? They don’t seem to be worried about this.

phaedryx's avatar

@livelaughlove21
(you’re probably thinking of MAC address, which can be easily spoofed)

Here’s the likely scenario. Law enforcement tracks it to some internet service provider. They ask the ISP for a name. The ISP provide the name of the person paying for the account. Law enforcement pays that person a visit.

livelaughlove21's avatar

@phaedryx No, I’m thinking of IP address.

Even if the police track it down to your router, that’s not enough evidence to incriminate you. If they find no child porn or whatever they’re looking for on your computers AND your wi-fi is not password protected, there’s not enough probable cause to even place an arrest, let alone prosecute.

According to a Google search, the main reason people use wi-fi passwords is not to avoid legal issues, but to save their bandwidth and ensure high Internet speed that can be slowed down when multiple devices are running off of one router. That sounds more realistic.

SamandMax's avatar

@livelaughlove21 “why does it matter if someone can access your wi-fi?”

It matters a great deal as @phaedryx has just pointed out the exact kind of scenario (with examples to content in a previous answer by the same) that has warranted signal jacking to be a criminal offense in the UK.

Wi-Fi jacking see hackers piggybacking on a net connection and allows them to illegally download files, purchase illegal goods or pornography or even sell on stolen goods, without being traced. It also allows them to view the private transactions made over the net, providing them with access to passwords and usernames that can subsequently be used to commit identity fraud.

Aqua's avatar

I agree overall about the need to keep people from doing malicious things on your wifi, but I figured since this was in social it was a joke more than anything.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@SamandMax On a positive note, one of my neighbors pays for internet and gives us her password so we can access when she’s at work, so we can have access (my husband has epilepsy.)

As long as you trust a person explicitly, there’s no reason not to share. We do not do any transactions via credit or debit cards, or purchases online via wifi though.

phaedryx's avatar

@livelaughlove21
I just did a google search (https://www.google.com/search?q=open+wifi+wrong+target) and this was the first hit:
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/06/swat-team-throws-flashbangs-raids-wrong-home-due-to-open-wifi-network/
and the related:
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2011/04/fbi-child-porn-raid-a-strong-argument-for-locking-down-wifi-networks/

I agree that is is unlikely anything will happen, but why take the chance when setting a password is easy?

(and now I’ll bail so that I don’t continue hijacking the discussion)

livelaughlove21's avatar

@phaedryx I agree. I mean, mine has always had a password. I was just wondering how serious the risks of not having one actually are.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@livelaughlove21 You should always use a password, otherwise anyone in your area can use your wifi and you won’t be able to use it, it’ll be so slow.

livelaughlove21's avatar

@KNOWITALL As I said, I do have one. And yes, I mentioned bandwidth above.

jasperrt2787's avatar

Choose different name as your connection name use special characters, with alpha numeric approach these kind of passwords are hard to break

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