Understanding Windows 10 Privacy and Security Features
There’s absolutely no question that the response to Windows 10 has been overwhelmingly positive. However, there have been a few widely known issues that occur after a fresh update. This post is all about covering and troubleshooting those issues with a safe soltions.
New WI-FI Features
Microsoft added a new feature to Windows 10 called Wi-Fi Sense. It’s a very smart feature that allows trusted users to connect to a Wi-Fi network without needing to know the network’s password, and it’s the first time that technology like this has been available. That said, there are some obvious and serious security implications that have been a big concern for many of Windows 10’s early adoptors and critics.
“Serious Wifi Security Implications“
About: Wi-Fi Sense automatically connects you to Wi-Fi, so you can get online more quickly in more places.
Key Features: Allows you to connect to Wi-Fi networks around you and automatically connects you to open Wi-Fi networks. This is done by crowdsourcing networks that other people using Windows have connected to.
“These are typically open Wi-Fi hotspots you see when you’re out and about. “
Also automatically connects us to Wi-Fi networks that our Facebook friends, Outlook contacts, and Skype freidns have shared but only if they’ve shared at least one network with your contacts. When you and your contacts share Wi-Fi networks with each other, you give each other Internet access, but don’t get to see each other’s passwords.
“Scary, scary, scary”
Problems Related To Wi-Fi Sense
There are two concerning issues.
First, Wi-Fi Sense means that people you don’t know can connect to your secure Wi-Fi network without even knowing the password. Once a person is connected to your network, he/she would also be able to access your files, thereby invading your privacy.
Secondly, Wi-Fi Sense creates a direct connection between two computers that the user of the host PC does not initiate. Today, that connection is safe and secure…but as a version of Murphy’s law modified for the digital age States, “anything that can be hacked, will be hacked. “
How can I disable and block Wi-Fi Sense?
There are a couple of things you’ll need to do. First, on your Windows 10 computer, open the PC’s settings and then click Network and Internet followed by Wi-Fi Under Manage Wi-Fi, disable all of Wi-Fi Sense’s features.
Next, you’ll have to protect your home Wi-Fi network and ensure that other users with Wi-Fi Sense cannot connect to it. In order to do this, you’ll have to rename your network’s SSID so that it ends with “_optout.” So, for example, if your network’s name right now is “MyISPstinks,” you’ll have to rename it to “MYISPstinks_optout.”
Alternatively, you can set up a guest network that visitors will be able to access, but you’ll need a router capable of supporting multiple wireless networks.