Upgrading to Windows 10? Be Aware: Your Wi-Fi Password Will Be Shared with Contacts!
Microsoft has officially released Windows 10 for those interested in upgrading – and many of us are excited about the release; however, before you take the leap towards the latest OS, there’s a security threat you need to know about: Windows 10, by default, shares an encrypted version of your Wi-Fi network password with your contacts– leaving your network open for your contacts to use, including those listed in Skype, Outlook, and if you opt-in, Facebook.
The feature, known as Wi-Fi Sense, enables your contacts to access your wireless network using the password (sent over an encrypted connection) when they’re within a specified range of your home. According to Microsoft, your contacts will be able to access your network – without accessing file shares and other devices.
Would You Trust All of Your Social Media Contacts with Access to Your Wi-Fi Network?
The biggest issue with the feature is simple: we live in an age where we’ve got tons of social media contacts – and we don’t personally know each and every one of them. If someone access your network, they key is likely to remain on their system, which means if they’re hacked, your network is essentially able to be hacked, as well.
While the feature is convenient for those who are looking to share their password with good friends, it’s simply too risky. There’s a few ways you can mitigate the risks and protect your network:
- Disable Wi-Fi Sense Immediately: To disable the feature immediately, start by going to the Start Menu, clicking Settings, and going to Wi-Fi under Network & Security, then select Manage Wi-Fi Settings and disable all options of sharing.
- Opt Out of Letting Wi-Fi Sense Use Your Network: You can opt out, but it’s slightly more complicated than simply disabling the ability to share your network. Change your SSID (network name) to include “_optout” in the name. For example, “network” should be changed to “network_optout.”
- Use Additional Measures to Stay Secure: This is one of many security threats facing your wireless network. You need to implement additional security measures, such as anti-virus software, web-content filtering, and firewalls, in order to stay secure.
OffSite IT is here to help you safeguard your network against threats associated with Windows 10’s new feature: Wi-Fi Sense. Call (866) 828- or send us an email: 6674info@offsiteIT.com for more information.