Oh Joy

Time to add _optout to the name of every wifi router out there.

A Windows 10 feature, Wi-Fi Sense, smells like a security risk: it shares Wi-Fi passwords with the user’s contacts.

Those contacts include their Outlook.com (nee Hotmail) contacts, Skype contacts and, with an opt-in, their Facebook friends.

But don’t worry!

Wi-Fi Sense doesn’t reveal the plaintext password.

Unless, of course, something goes wrong….

In an attempt to address the security hole it has created, Microsoft offers a kludge of a workaround: you must add _optout to the SSID (the name of your network) to prevent it from working with Wi-Fi Sense.

(So if you want to opt out of Google Maps and Wi-Fi Sense at the same time, you must change your SSID of, say, myhouse to myhouse_optout_nomap. …)

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One Response to Oh Joy

  1. Vic says:

    I’m willing to bet only 10% of America even knows what this article is talking about (what an SSID is). Then I’m betting only 10% of THEM, knows how to change it – IF that.

    This Windows 10 feature is so ridiculous and patronizing that I am astounded it passed the first meeting at MS where it was brought up as an idea.

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