Did My Google Searches Finally Catch Up With Me?

Well, I knew it was only a matter of time before my Google searches drew the attention of authorities.  (Like the search I mentioned at the end of this post.)  Earlier this week, my WiFi connection dropped and when I tried to reconnect, I had the following list of available networks:


The first two are mine, but the last one was quite unexpected.  I have never seen it before, and I haven’t seen it since.  (For those not from the US, “FBI” stands for “Federal Bureau of Investigation.”  Intimidating, sure… but honestly, the IRS – Internal Revenue Service – scares me more!)

Normally, I’m a paranoid person, but this time, I opened my blinds and waved.  I had a good laugh imagining the boredom of anyone assigned to watch us.  They would need lots of Red Bull and doughnuts 🙂

Just a bit of mid-week silliness here.  Thanks for stopping by!


50 thoughts on “Did My Google Searches Finally Catch Up With Me?

  1. Carl D'Agostino October 29, 2014 / 3:13 AM

    This is probably spam. Sometimes virus. Some may freeze your screen and many ask for money to fix. Never open. Spam immediately. If FBI wishes to talk to you they’ll be knocking at your door. Wise to have coffee and brownies ready.

    • jannatwrites October 29, 2014 / 7:08 AM

      I don’t really think too much of it – it was just available networks I could connect to… I never click on any except my own 🙂

  2. Stacy S. Jensen October 29, 2014 / 3:19 AM

    One of our neighbors has named his wifi network close to that. We have boring ones on my street. They give you a laugh when you find a unique one.

    • jannatwrites October 29, 2014 / 7:09 AM

      We’ve never picked up an any neighbors’ signals here… but where we lived before, we were all boring – no fun names there 🙂 Glad you stopped by, Stacy!

  3. suzicate October 29, 2014 / 4:13 AM

    Ha, my hubby thought it would be funny to name our home network that!

    • jannatwrites October 29, 2014 / 7:11 AM

      Apparently, this of naming was all over Facebook a few years ago (I wouldn’t know, because I don’t FB, and stay in my cave!) We didn’t do anything fun with our naming, Suzicate.

      • suzicate October 29, 2014 / 10:34 AM

        Ha, we didn’t either…all because I’m a party pooper!

        • jannatwrites October 31, 2014 / 12:51 AM

          We’ll just watch the naming from the sidelines, I guess 🙂

  4. Rajiv October 29, 2014 / 4:47 AM

    You are under my radar….

    • jannatwrites October 29, 2014 / 7:15 AM

      Well, as long as I’m under the radar, things are good 🙂

  5. BCIJo (aka Joanne Edith) October 29, 2014 / 5:39 AM

    Wow – did anyone say “Federal Agents!” as they parallel parked at your curb:) That’s too funny. Im a huge NCIS fan – all reincarnations – but I hope that “Gibbs” would be more surreptitious about naming their WIFI in the surveillance van.

    • jannatwrites October 29, 2014 / 7:16 AM

      Funny thing is, I don’t know, Joanne! I can’t see the street clearly through the trees. I didn’t seriously think it was the FBI, but then the idea of ‘hiding in plain sight’ was intriguing 🙂

  6. Timothy Price October 29, 2014 / 5:40 AM

    I don’t think the FBI or IRS would be so blatantly obvious. But it’s freaky when something like that pops up all of a sudden.

    • jannatwrites October 29, 2014 / 7:18 AM

      I don’t think so either, Timothy. I just thought it was funny because I’ve joked around about my questionable Google searches. (The only thing strange is that we picked up any other signal at all. In the 1.5 years we’ve lived here, the only one I’ve seen is an ‘extender’ with one signal bar. We’re rural and the houses are not close together.)

      • Timothy Price October 29, 2014 / 9:12 AM

        Back when we were homeschooling our daughter, I discovered that pretty much all lab equipment is illegal for general purchase because of the war on drugs. We’ll I kind of had to make my way around the laws and patronized a lot of questionable sites to get what we needed for science classes. I figured I had probably been put on a few of the “watch” lists, but so far the various FBI background checks I’ve had in recent years have come back clean. Whew!

        • jannatwrites October 31, 2014 / 12:49 AM

          I had no idea of such restrictions, but I guess it makes sense. (Though I’m sure it does little to curtail such activities… the ‘bad guys’ can be quite resourceful.) I’m glad you’re not on any naughty, I mean, FBI, list 🙂

  7. Kir Piccini October 29, 2014 / 5:46 AM

    It just makes you interesting! (Which of course, you are!)
    Plus, what a story! 😉

    • jannatwrites October 29, 2014 / 7:18 AM

      Haha, thanks, Kir! Other than my Google searches, I’m quite boring 😛

      • Kir Piccini October 29, 2014 / 8:06 AM

        I don’t believe that for one moment. 🙂

        • jannatwrites October 31, 2014 / 12:46 AM

          You’re too kind, Kir!

  8. joannesisco October 29, 2014 / 5:46 AM

    That would give me a good laugh too!
    I thought it was odd when Husband named his wifi “Voyager” after the scientific space probe, but this one exposes a great sense of humour 🙂

    • jannatwrites October 29, 2014 / 7:22 AM

      It was amusing, Joanne – especially since we’ve never picked up a neighboring WIFI signal. Someone must have a mobile hotspot or something. I had a router name, but it was boring. However, when I botched the set up of a new one and had to pay a computer guy $125 to fix it, he kept the out-of-the-box name. Frankly, I’m afraid to change it in any way since we finally have all twelve devices hooked up to it successfully. (I wish that count was an exaggeration, but I’ve probably even overlooked a couple of devices!)

      • joannesisco October 29, 2014 / 8:03 AM

        I know what you mean about not wanting to touch anything that is working properly.
        All this tech stuff is magic to me and if anything goes even slightly off, I rely entirely on the 3 available levels of tech support (husband, son 1, son 2). Without them I’m screwed.

        • jannatwrites October 31, 2014 / 12:45 AM

          Haha, I’ve got levels growing into place (twelve-year-old is a pretty good techie in training… eight-year-old isn’t so much yet!) Two years ago, we got a receiver/dvd player with surround sound. Since me moved a year-and-a-half ago, the surround sound doesn’t work and there’s no audio for the DVD player. I have to watch DVDs on my laptop!

        • joannesisco October 31, 2014 / 10:04 AM

          I also bypassed the DVD player a long time ago. I could never figure the damn thing out.
          I bought an HDMI cable and hook my laptop up to the TV. Voila – instant big screen 🙂

        • jannatwrites October 31, 2014 / 3:31 PM

          So glad I’m not the only one, Joanne! As a kid, I remember laughing at my grandma because the microwave always baffled her. As I struggle with the receiver/dvd player, I can’t help but think it’s karma!

  9. nrhatch October 29, 2014 / 6:20 AM

    I don’t want to make you paranoid . . . but maybe the FBI’s conducting surveillance on the suspected [terrorist/ ax murderer/ Halloween slasher dasher] down the street. 😛

    There’s a short story idea for you!

    • jannatwrites October 29, 2014 / 7:26 AM

      Haha! Maybe I will have to borrow that for a short story – I’ve got nothing so far this week and I really hoped to have one last creepy story for Halloween!

  10. kingmidget October 29, 2014 / 6:28 AM

    I have seen that several times when I’m a burger place in downtown Sacramento. Reading through the comments here I realize now that it likely wasn’t the FBI — I wondered why they would be so obvious about the name.

    • jannatwrites October 29, 2014 / 7:27 AM

      Some people do come up with funny WIFI names. I like the “Virus-Infected WIFI” one – great way to discourage piggy-backers 🙂 Thanks for reading and sharing your comment, Kingmidget!

  11. Sean October 29, 2014 / 7:56 AM

    I think they are spying on the Javelina’s to make sure that they find your garden. On the other hand, it could just be a nearby router or phone that someone named that. have you thought about getting a repeater to boost your signal? I know I start seeing some loss when I get to about half strength. Well anyways, thanks for the mystery of who is watching who. At least it wasn’t a clown offering free candy. Take care.

    • jannatwrites October 31, 2014 / 12:42 AM

      The clowns and free candy are Friday, Sean 🙂 It’s weird – I’ve checked several times over the past few days and haven’t seen the FBI one since. Glad I got the screen print when I did as proof! And the javelina… should’ve known they’d be involved…

  12. momsomniac October 29, 2014 / 8:39 AM

    If you were at our house, you’d connect to the Hadron Collider, thanks to Darth! 😀

    • jannatwrites October 31, 2014 / 12:47 AM

      That’s cool – I didn’t know what the Hadron Collider was and had to Google it. (Wonder what the FBI will make of that, haha!) Smart naming 🙂

    • jannatwrites October 31, 2014 / 12:48 AM

      I’m glad you found it funny, too, Phil! So strange, but not in a lock-myself-in-the-house sort of way 🙂

  13. Carol Ann Hoel October 29, 2014 / 10:29 AM

    I’m glad you didn’t let it scare you, and we are all getting a good laugh over it. Blessings to you, Janna…

    • jannatwrites October 31, 2014 / 12:50 AM

      Glad you found the humor in it, too, Carol Ann!

  14. Debbie October 29, 2014 / 11:47 AM

    Janna, you are too funny! I can picture the FBI van just sitting outside your house. Watching. And waiting. For what? Who knows — but it seems like they’d have something better to do, don’t you think?!

    • jannatwrites October 31, 2014 / 12:52 AM

      Glad you stopped by and laughed along, Debbie! I have no idea what they’d be looking for, but I’m sure they’d be disappointed. “Ooh, I see something. Wait. Never mind. She’s watching Family Feud with her cats.”

  15. Emilio October 29, 2014 / 12:20 PM

    Janna, I assure you there is nothing to fear. Most probably it is your association with me that has brought you to the FBI’s attention. They have been looking for me for several years now in regards to a misunderstanding. Nothing major. But I AM Italian, you know! So just go about your daily routine as usual. I might suggest that you stay away from those searches for awhile. You know the ones; garroting, poisoning, knives, firearms ballistics of all shapes and sizes. This will all blow over in a year or two!

    • jannatwrites October 31, 2014 / 12:55 AM

      I knew those photo/fiction team ups were a bad idea, Emilio. Still on for November?

      Lay off the searches? Uh-oh. I guess I shouldn’t have searched for deadly substances that aren’t detected in autopsies…that’s another story!

  16. diannegray October 30, 2014 / 2:00 PM

    LOL – that’s hilarious! 😀

    • jannatwrites October 31, 2014 / 12:58 AM

      🙂 It was a surprising find, Dianne!

  17. pattisj November 1, 2014 / 5:15 PM

    That would be a great name for one’s network! Probably wouldn’t have to worry about anyone “borrowing” the wi-fi. Interesting you saw it after mentioning that in a post! LOL

    • jannatwrites November 1, 2014 / 9:55 PM

      I know I’d stay away from that network! I probably should be more careful with what I joke about here, Patti 🙂

  18. Tessa November 6, 2014 / 6:21 PM

    Thanks for making my day. That sure was funny.

    • jannatwrites November 7, 2014 / 9:52 AM

      Haha, glad you stopped by to laugh along…. and weeks later, I still haven’t seen that FBI network again (I check often!)

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