Windows 10’s Wi-Fi sharing feature is really clever, but just got a bad rap


Microsoft is rebutting claims that an upcoming Windows 10 feature could leak your Wi-Fi password to strangers.

A new feature on Windows 10 called Wi-Fi Sense allows your Outlook, Skype and Facebook contacts to automatically access your Wi-Fi network. For example, rather than having to ask a friend for the Wi-Fi password at their home, the feature would sense you are trying to access the same network as your friend, who already has the password, and lets you automatically join the network.

While this is Microsoft’s intention, a report circulating on Friday said Wi-Fi Sense grants your contacts’ friends access to your network, too. The worry, in theory, is that a hacker could befriend someone you know and gain access to sensitive information. Read more…

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