When you’re setting up any kind of server, it can be tempting to give the machine a functional or descriptive name. However, for security purposes it often makes sense to be more obtuse.
I was reminded of this while checking out a reader review on Gizmodo for the Synology DiskStation DS415play NAS. Brett Ironomger, who won one of the devices, highlights the importance of picking the right naming strategy:
The DS415play defaults to calling itself “Diskstation” — I decided to call it “Splodge” for no other reason than everything on my network has strange names. This makes it easier to hide the real purpose of a device whilst still making it recognisable to me.
Using an unusual name isn’t a substitute for decent security, of course, but it’s a simple extra layer — and a variant on the popular trick of giving your Wi-Fi network an amusing or discouraging name.