Unique yet Non-Descriptive
The most important thing is to always choose a WiFi name that doesn’t give away any personal information. While you might be tempted to make your home WiFi network feel that it’s part of your family by giving it your last name, we advise you not to. Just imagine how much easier it would be for someone to spy on you if they knew which WiFi network you use. Sounds far-fetched? Then consider that experts expect the number of cyberstalking cases to reach a new record high this year. Even if your digital safety doesn’t concern you, your daughter’s, son’s, or wife’s should.
Some of the best WiFi names are unique enough not to be mistaken for other networks yet sufficiently non-descriptive so that it’s impossible to associate them with any particular individual, family, or organization. That, of course, doesn’t apply to public WiFi networks set up by businesses. Such networks should always carry the names of the businesses behind them.
If you use a WiFi name that isn’t unique, or, worse, stick with the default name, your wireless devices, such as your smartphone or laptop, may connect to a different WiFi network with the same name.
What’s so bad about using someone else’s internet connection to browse the web, you ask? Only the chance that you might connect to a WiFi network that has been deliberately set up by a cybercriminal to lure in unsuspecting users with the intention to steal their private information, such as passwords and credit card numbers.
This technique is called WiFi spoofing, and it’s employed readily around the globe, costing individual computer users and businesses alike hundreds of millions of dollars in damages every year.