Windows 10 has WiFi password sharing feature

Posted on Friday, Jul 03 2015 @ 12:10 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Windows 10 will be incorporating WiFi Sense, a feature brought over from the Windows Phone 8.1 platform. This functionality is helpful and controversial at the same time, it enables you to detect crowdsourced WiFi networks and can automatically share your WiFi password with your Facebook, Skype and Outlook contacts.

It certainly seems more convenient than writing down or spelling out your WiFi password to friends but there are some obvious security concerns.
Microsoft claims that this feature improves security and reduces frustration. Now, instead of painstakingly spelling or writing down passwords for guests or friends, they can automatically acquire them as soon as they come in-range of your home network. The company’s FAQ states:

“When you share Wi-Fi network access with Facebook friends, contacts, or Skype contacts, they’ll be connected to the password-protected Wi-Fi networks that you choose to share and get Internet access when they’re in range of the networks (if they use Wi-Fi Sense). Likewise, you’ll be connected to Wi-Fi networks that they share for Internet access too. Remember, you don’t get to see Wi-Fi network passwords, and you both get Internet access only. They won’t have access to other computers, devices, or files stored on your home network, and you won’t have access to these things on their network.”
Microsoft WiFi Sense

Via: ExtremeTech

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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