- Changing your WiFi name can improve your internet security.
- Using a superhero name generator gives your WiFi a bit of a hero-level touch.
- Making a complex WiFi password doesn’t have to be hard to remember.
The next superhero move in your day could simply be changing your WiFi’s name and password. Ziply Fiber, a Washington-based provider of fiber-based home internet service in the Northwest, offers up a WiFi name generator that makes your new password fit your love of superheroes.
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Lifewire already tells us that leaving your WiFi network name as the default offering or as a name listed in the top 1,000 most common Service Set Identifiers is a bad idea. It increases the risk that hackers can bust open your password with pre-built password-cracking tables. Logically, the first step in WiFi security is to make a new network name. That’s where Ziply Fiber wants you to get creative.
Once you open the automatic generator, it asks a simple question and then proposes a superhero-themed response. Questions include your occupation, your pet’s name, an adjective describing your house, an adjective to describe your mood, your favorite activity, your favorite food, and more. From there the generator offers up a suggestion.
You can ask for more ideas based on your answer, or dive into additional questions. For the pizza lover, one suggestion was “mothers&pizzas&gorillas&cake” and another was “BytheHoarypizzasofHoggoth.” If you describe your favorite activity as hiking, you’re going to get suggestions such as “HULKhiking!” and “Avengers:HikingGame,” among others. Of course, with an unlimited array of responses for any question and a bevy of auto-generating names, you’re likely to find one you like. At the very least, you can find one that leads to a more creative name than the risky default setting.
Changing your network name is a good reminder that you should change your password too. A 2018 PCMag survey of 2,500 U.S. consumers found that 35 percent of folks likely never change their passwords. The National Security Agency says default passwords are a prime target for exploitation. Don’t wait to increase your security by finding something unique and complex. Plus, if you have the same password on multiple devices, that weakens your security.
Of course, if you’re switching up your password, don’t make it less complex than what you have now. Experts at Boston University remind us that using a combination of alphabetical and numeric characters—with uppercase and lowercase mixed in with symbols—helps craft the complexity. And if you still want to remember that password, they suggest picking a phrase and tweaking it to your liking.
For example, the phrase “many colors” could easily become “mnyC0l0rz” to incorporate numbers and letters, but in a more complicated way. Or take a longer phrase you enjoy and pick out the first letter of each word, mixing in capitals and symbols. With the right strategy, you can go obscure with your password while still being able to find something you can remember.
Remember, every superhero is only as strong as their security.
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