How to disable sharing of your Wi-Fi password with contacts on Windows 10

The Windows 10 upgrade has certainly generated a lot of buzz among Windows users. Among the new features that come packed with the new OS is the "Wi-Fi Sense" feature. The featured article provides insight on why it could be harmful to a user and how it can be disabled

With the Windows 10 upgrade in full swing among the users of old versions like Windows 7 and 8.1, there has been a lot of talk about the plethora of features that have been borrowed from the Windows Phone platform. Surely, the one feature that has raised the eyebrows of internet security experts is the Wi-Fi Sense. For those uninitiated, Wi-Fi Sense is a feature that allows users to share their Wi-Fi information with their friends. The app does a scan through the Facebook and Outlook accounts of the user and shares the username and password with friends.

Why Wi-Fi Sense does not make sense

When you take into account the nature of the contacts you have on Facebook and Outlook, you may even have people you have not even met before. If anything, you certainly do not want to share your Wi-Fi credentials with complete strangers. Security experts are pointing this out as a potential disaster.

Microsoft responded by making a statement in defense. They stated that the Wi-Fi information is shared over an encrypted network and to top that, the passwords themselves are encrypted too. Apart from that the company claims that a device that is logged into a network does not have access to other connected devices.

Access to open networks

However, this is just one aspect of the problem. The other issue is how it connects to open Wi-Fi networks. Leading internet security firms such as AVG have repeatedly warned users about the potential problems associated with connecting to an open Wi-Fi network. AVG explained that when you access the internet through such hotspots, you stand open to the threat of your traffic being intercepted by an attacker who could wreak havoc with your personal information.

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The problem with this feature is that Windows 10 has it enabled by default on your device. However, it is easy to disable the feature. All you need to do is:
  • Go To Settings
  • Network & Internet
  • Wi-Fi
  • Manage Wi-Fi Settings
  • Disable the feature

This will give you the opportunity to disable all unnecessary features. Modify your settings to suit your privacy preferences.

The Wi-Fi Sense feature is actually a pretty bizarre feature and it really cannot be put into practical application unless you have a separate account on Facebook and Outlooks dedicated to sync with your Microsoft account. All said and done, the fact that this feature is set as default raises concerns about security and privacy flaws that may be incorporated into the OS.

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