August 12, 2022
Windows 10 Shares Wi-Fi Passwords With Your Contacts – Here’s How To Disable It

Microsoft will release Windows 10 later this week. The new desktop operating system comes with several new features, some of which are borrowed from Windows Phone, the company’s own mobile operating system. One such feature is Wi-Fi Sense, which has worried many security enthusiasts and users alike. Wi-Fi Sense, for those unfamiliar, is a networking feature that lets users share their Wi-Fi credentials with friends. But it is how it does that in which lies the rub. The app scans through a user’s Facebook account and Outlook contacts, and shares usernames and passwords with their friends. But as you may begin to realize, not everyone connected to your Facebook account is a trusted friend. Also, the people you’ve exchanged emails with aren’t even friends. This is exactly the point security firms are offering to users. In Microsoft’s defense, the company says the passwords it shares with its friends are done over an encrypted network. In addition, the password itself is encrypted as well. The company also says that a device connected to one network does not interact with other connected devices. It notes on Wi-Fi Sense’s FAQ page, “They will not have access to other computers, devices, or files stored on your home network, and you will not have access to these things.”See also: Eight Reasons Why You Should Upgrade to Windows 10) But that’s not the only problem with Wi-Fi Sense. This feature automatically connects you to crowded open Wi-Fi networks as well. Security firms have repeatedly advised users not to connect to open Wi-Fi networks. For example, security firm AVG is taking a while to remind us. Potential Dangers of Open Wi-Fi Networks, “As we’ve explained several times before, not all free or open Wi-Fi networks are secure and others can be intentionally malicious. Accessing the Internet at these hotspots can allow your traffic to be intercepted by an attacker who could Known as the ‘Man.’ In the middle attack.” Perhaps the biggest problem with Wi-Fi Sense is that it’s enabled by default on Windows. But you can disable it by going to Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi > Manage Wi-Fi Settings. Here you can see all the Wi-Fi Sense related settings and disable the ones you want.windows_wifi_sense_settings.jpgIf you want to prevent Windows 10 from sharing the password of a specific network — say your home network — you can do so through the router settings. Open your router’s configuration page. (commonly found) either and add “_optout” to the end of your Wi-Fi network name (also known as the SSID). For example, if your network’s SSID is ndtvchange it ndtv_optout,

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