It was time. Say adios to Odin & Loki and say hello to Calvin & Hobbes.
Ok, I realize that doesn’t make much sense when put like that, but here’s what it means.
Typically (almost) every year I change the passwords and SSIDs to my wireless router access. On the current router there are two options; 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz. For the past two years, we’ve had Odin & Loki. (I was going through my Marvel phase). Before that was Amadeus & Poughkeepsie , then Hephaestus & Ares , and finally my Harry Potter phase of Dumbledore & Severus_Snape . Prior to that I had a different router, and I don’t remember what the SSIDs were. This year I was looking for a duo that was whimsical, and I didn’t want to get bogged down in minutae so I went with the venerable Calvin & Hobbes. [I could have gone with Opus & Binkley, but Wattersons’s duo came to mind first. Maybe in 2021.]
Of course, when I change the SSIDs, since so many of the tech we have are dependent on the info being correct, I had to go through the house and change everything that connected to the router manually in order for it all to continue to work as it should. For example; as soon as I changed things, the cameras on the outside of the house went offline, the lamp upstairs as well as the lights in the living and dining room stayed on, and didn’t turn off when they were programmed to. Tablets, phones, my tv in the den and both Roku boxes went offline and needed to be updated to the new SSIDs.
When updating things of this nature, I tend to ‘beef up’ the security on them as well. When I first started password protecting myself online, passwords were pretty simple. Nowadays one has to be aware of dictionary based attacks, and keeping track of 500+ passwords is impossible. Especially when you have to try to remember nonsensical strings of letters, numbers and special characters. tabby#0645 is a lot easier to remember than something like JsWnY=4m&hz}Lv}. Sure the second one is way more secure, but there’s nothing to link it to in your brain to remember what the heck it is. Consequently, for the last 12 years, I’ve been using Password Depot, it has saved my bacon more than a few times, and now it’s available as an app for my phone, which allows me to access my passwords wherever I am. Truly a game changer.
So, Calvin and Hobbes are residing in the house for the next year. Things are locked down (in more ways than one) and we’re secure for whatever comes in the months ahead.
Oops, almost forgot. The guest SSIDs are ‘GuestOfUs’ and ‘StrangeWomenLyingInPonds’. If you happen to visit, ask for the passwords.