Windows 10: Wireless SSID security?

  1.    03 May 2018 #1

    Wireless SSID security?

    I need to change my router's default SSID (not password) to something else, but I need to go by our following security policy which is to use wireless SSIDs that ARE NOT the manufacturer’s default but to a pseudo random word.

    Can you please provide me with some examples on what would be a pseudo random word?
    Does pseudo random word mean a random mix of letters only or it can also include numbers as well?

    Please provide some examples.
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  2.    03 May 2018 #2

    That means change it to any random wording. I cannot use spaces in my WiFi name on my router so I use things like:

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  3.    03 May 2018 #3

    I use things to frighten people like cia, FBI, mi5
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  4.    03 May 2018 #4

    I need to go by the security policy of using a pseudo random word.

    Pseudo random word can include a number or only letters or both?

    Can a pseudo random word be all upper-case or lower-case or does not matter?
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    Windows 10 Home ver 1803
       03 May 2018 #5

    win10freak said: View Post
    Can a pseudo random word be all upper-case or lower-case or does not matter?
    This depends your policy. Typically lowercase or uppercase is ok. Same with numbers.
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  6.    03 May 2018 #6

    "pseudo random" just means looks like random but isn't - like a random number generator in a PC.

    A truly random word for a SSID would have to get all words in existence (discounting those that are too long - more than 32 bytes) and then pick one of them by a truly random method. A "pseudo random word" must presumably just be one that looks like you did this.

    Just make one up.

    As you asked for an example it is the 4th day of the 5th month so I'll tell you the 5th word on page 4 of the book I currently reading. You don't know me so that is fairly random.

    It is "foot". You can put 37 on the end (the current minutes past the hour) if you want so "foot37" plus some key press with my eyes closed makes "Q{foot37`˛". You can use that and you are welcome.

    As long as it is less than 32 bytes you can put anything. Upper/lower case and numbers are valid for SSID. So are graphic characters, nul, anything at all.

    See: networking - Is there a standard that defines what is a valid SSID and password? - Stack Overflow

    I would take "pseudo random word" to mean a word though rather than a random (sic) jumble of letters and numbers so while you can name a SSID anything, if you want it to be a word, it should probably exist in (some) dictionary.
    Last edited by lx07; 03 May 2018 at 19:00.
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  7.    03 May 2018 #7

    Unless the SSID is hidden, why exactly does it matter? The SSID is going to be visible under available connections anyway.
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