We were not expecting the feedback and hits to our blog over yesterday's post concerning our Verizon MiFi problems. Along with many thoughtful comments and emails, we were even referenced on a couple of notable blogs. Seems like we are not alone and Verizon knows they have a poor product on the market.
So some follow up to a couple of questions that we've received. First of all, we bit the bullet and bought out most of our contract. We received a credit of $40 towards the $170 early termination fee. With a $141 bill for the first month when it should have been not more than $80 (tax not included), we could see it was a wise choice if the contract was going to be this costly, along with the slow service in many places and the lousy customer service help. We were also refunded the cost of the device($106.99).
We had some connectivity problems with out Sprint aircard out in the Southwest, on the East coast and the Northern states, it worked very well for over six years. Being we are going to spend most of our traveling time in the Eastern U.S., we decided to switch back, it will work well for us.
For the Verizon MiFi password, which is a series of numbers on the back of the MiFi, the first two numbers are a key to the day the device was manufactured, the next two numbers, the month of manufacture and the next two numbers the year of manufacture. That leaves the remaining four numbers as the actual password.
On the hacker websites, there are several programs that easily discover the date of manufacture, leaving the last four numbers easily broken, the four numbers give only 100,000 possible combinations, child's play to break for the computer hacker programs.
To make a really strong password, all the numbers should be changed to a mixture of numbers, letters (both upper and lower case) and well as punctuation marks mixed in. No words, names or patterns from the keyboard (like QWERTY or 12345678) should be used.
No one carrier or device is fool proof, no carrier has perfect service, either (except maybe McDonald's free WiFi, I can get a Diet Coke while I surf the net...he he). Hopefully, changing a password will help protect Verizon MiFi users from having huge, unexplained bills.
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