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Well lah dee dah aren't you all fancy.
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Discussions - Public / Re: Funny SSIDs for your home wireless network
« Last post by The Gorn on May 24, 2017, 07:25:13 AM »
I prefer to reduce the chances of getting listed on these sites. It's not security, just a very little more privacy.

A great explanation of the specific privacy issues. Thanks.
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The base machine has 2k RAM...

I think my remote for my TV has more than 2K RAM.
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The base machine has 2k RAM...
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Discussions - Public / Re: Funny SSIDs for your home wireless network
« Last post by Code Refugee on May 24, 2017, 12:48:32 AM »
Not broadcasting the SSID is sometimes criticized because it's security by obscurity. However this is only really the case if you're running without a password or with an obvious one like one given in the SSID itself. Not broadcasting doesn't stop anyone with very modest skills from discovering your network. It does keep casual neighbors from knowing you have a network, which is a modest amount of privacy gain.

Utilities like inSSIDer, NetStumbler, and Kismet of course will capture and show packets sent by all networks. And the SSID is in the header so if not broadcast you easily get it.

Sometimes not broadcasting can reduce one's exposure to warkitting. And you'll be less likely to find your SSID and various device MAC addresses listed with nearby GPS coordinates at https://www.wigle.net/

Lets say your devices are all shut down when the wardriver comes by. With broadcast off no packets are being sent and he doesn't sniff your network. With broadcast on he does. Of course he also discovers your network if you have broadcast off and are doing any data transmitting, which a lot of mobile devices do when you think they should be asleep.

Most likely though they'll catch you eventually. My networks and MAC addresses are not listed on those sites, so far. But those of the neighbor are.

Sometimes you also end up seeing where some random person takes his phone, where they travel to throughout the day and week if there was someone wardriving in their vicinity as they went about their day. This info can often be tied back to a specific home address by poking around.

I prefer to reduce the chances of getting listed on these sites. It's not security, just a very little more privacy.
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Discussions - Public / Re: Funny SSIDs for your home wireless network
« Last post by The Gorn on May 23, 2017, 07:50:51 PM »
Some equipment needs to browse the SSIDs and doesn't have a way to key it in.

In general, you're right. Assuming my network is secured, what is the risk with broadcasting SSIDs?
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Discussions - Public / Re: Funny SSIDs for your home wireless network
« Last post by benali72 on May 23, 2017, 06:35:07 PM »
Not sure why you would want to broadcast your ssid's. You already know what they are so you don't need to broadcast them. The only point in broadcasting them is to invite others into your network. Is that the purpose here?
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Discussions - Public / Re: Funny SSIDs for your home wireless network
« Last post by The Gorn on May 23, 2017, 05:09:03 PM »
I kind of like Arbeit-macht-frei. It has a nice ring to it.

How about this more marketing oriented version. And you're going to get me in trouble!

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It's a hobby microprocessor. It's to CPUs what a micro-p***s is to normal male, er, junk.

https://www.arduino.cc/
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