It’s a bit jarring when you’re grabbing lunch in a restaurant, innocently attempting to check your email, and the automatic wireless network prompt tells you that somebody in the immediate vicinity has a network with a very bad attitude. It’s fun to guess which of your fellow diners is radiating such hostility, however.
If you’ve got the wireless function activated on your smartphone, occasionally you’re going to get pop-up information boxes asking if you want to link to some random wireless networks that happen to be operating in the vicinity. Usually the network names are generic and instantly forgettable, like “mywireless” or “Millerguest.”
Recently, however, my cell phone listed a wireless network name that stopped me in my tracks: “FBI Surveillance.”
For all I know, it really was a network for FBI agents who were checking things out nearby, but I’m guessing it was a razz by a fellow American who is tired of the government snooping on our every activity and thought such a wireless name might cause the rest of us to develop enhanced awareness of threats to our liberty. If so, it worked. It also got me to thinking: what are some other fake wireless network names that might give the random cell phone user whose wireless search function is on a bit of a jolt? Here are some suggestions:
Your suggestions are welcome. C’mon, America — let’s call an end to lame wireless network names!