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Your Phone and AirDrop Name Are "Code" For Your Privacy

Thinking about Changing Your AirDrop name on iPhone or Android? That's super-smart!

Here's Why

When your iPhone, for example, has Bluetooth turned on and the nifty file sharing system called AirDrop on, anyone who wants to can tap a button and see you and your device's "name" when there in about 20 feet of you. Likewise, if you're using your phone as a WiFi hotspot. Sure, sometimes it’s totally fine. Totally great when you’re at a crowded party and your name pops up as great selfies from the night go flying through the airwaves as photo sharing begins via AirDrop. BUT, when you’re in a public place, say a Starbucks or Disneyland, and as you walk by, a complete stranger looks at you and says YOUR NAME. That can be downright creepy. It’s a privacy issue and an open door to hackers.

How Does This Happen?

When you first set up a device, it's asking for your name and sometimes it just takes your name from your cell company info. From then on, your name is your device's identity. Your phone’s name appears anytime you have Bluetooth enabled and you’re using AirDrop or another app that uses utilizes your phone's identity or if you’ve set up your phone as a WiFi hotspot.

What's My Name Again?

That’s why I recommend a good alias. It can be fun. How about Miss America or 007 or The ROCK? It can be fabulous, how about Rainbow Child, Heavenly or Gorgeous? The list is endless, you could try Loved or dare I say #Blessed, heck even Norm or Sam—a friend of mine uses what she calls a Stripper name. I’m sorry, I can’t reveal it—but I can tell you it’s not Candy. It’s quite funny-really the point here is anything other than your actual name.

And, The Neighbors will love this!

This name-game also applies to your home wireless network or WiFi name—you can change that too. Come up with something other than The Smiths or your actual street address. You can have fun here too and raise a few eyebrows at the same time. How about "FBI Headquarters" or "NSA" or "Heaven?" Who wouldn't want to log onto THOSE networks, right? And don't forget to misidentify your other devices as well (tablets, desktops and laptop computers have names too). It’s not like the name has to be absolutely perfect—unlike the kid's name or the name of your dog, device titles can be changed anytime!  Go for it.

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How To Go Stealth On Your iPhone

It's super easy. Touch Settings>General>About>Name--And just type in your new name. If you want to be even safer, from the Home Screen, swipe up to reveal your control panel and turn AirDrop from "Everyone" to "Off" or "Contacts Only." Also in you can choose to turn off WiFi hotspots until you need it in a safe location (we've had two situations in our office where a laptop was hacked in a public place via WiFi, so try and stay off public WiFi). Turn off hotspot, go to Settings>Cellular>Personal Hotspot>Off. Love to hears some more fun ideas for names, please share them!

And Another Great Privacy Hack... 

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Cheers,

August

 

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