This is a classic case of “in a perfect world”. With the release of Windows 10, Microsoft came up with the idea of users sharing their Wi-Fi connection information with their contacts which would allow you to connect with your friend Bob’s Wi-Fi network without having to input any additional information. In our internet-driven world this seems like a no-brainer taking ease-of-connection ideas like WPS to the next level.
Apparently no one thought about the secondary problems with sharing your security information through possibly non-secure networks. Generally, security information should not be shared, that’s the idea behind security. This becomes especially distressing when this feature seems to be on and sharing by default as people often blow through their PC setup. Whether the fear of sharing your network info is justified or not makes little difference to the average user who is told daily about the threats to internet hackers or government agents stealing all of their information.
Apparently Windows heard you with this new feature and is deciding to remove it in an upcoming update.
“The cost of updating the code to keep this a feature working combined with low usage and low demand made this not worth further investment.”
Vox populi seems to have swayed microsoft as a statement from Gabe Aul, VP of engineering and systems at Microsoft, eludes to the fact that the majority of users are disabling the feature.
For those still interested in the feature, it looks like the open hotspot auto-connect feature will still be in use.
“Wi-Fi Sense, if enabled, will continue to get you connected to open hotspots that it knows about through crowdsourcing”
The changes are expected to roll out in this summer’s anniversary update to Windows 10.
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