Windows 10 – Potential Security Issue?

With all the excitement of windows 10, I have been reading through a bunch of web articles, looking at the new features but I one thing I came across which has caused a little bit of concern was around the “Wifi Sense” feature which is also on the Window’s 8.1 phone.

There is a bit of discussion around Wifi Sense enabled automatically as part of the Windows 10 OS on the usual IT forums, but what’s the problem with “WiFi Sense”?

Depending on your policy at work, these 2 may not be of concern:-

Automatically connecting you to crowdsourced open WiFi networks it knows about.

Accepting a WiFi network’s terms of use on your behalf and providing additional info for you to networks that require it.

This last one makes me very nervous :-

Letting you exchange password-protected WiFi network access with your contacts to give and get Internet access without seeing each other’s WiFi network passwords.

Sounds scary … What does that mean? …

Your WiFi password will be shared with your contacts including Outlook.com, Skype and there is an opt in for Facebook!

The password is encrypted so contact will not see the password, but if you have a user who is connected to the corporate Wifi network, potentially contacts will be able to jump on your work network.

So where and how are all these passwords stored? …. “in an encrypted file on a Microsoft server” sounds sturdy right.

So what are you plans with Windows 10 and Windows Phone 8.1 using “WiFi Sense”?

Windows 10 – My 5 favorite web links

Did you know Windows 10 is now available for free? …. or have you been living in a box? … Here are my 5 favorite Windows 10 related articles:-

Everyone at working asking you …  “Can I upgrade to Windows 10 for free?

What do you get? “Ten things you need to know about Windows 10

Still need more information? “Windows 10 Review

My system does not give me the option to upgrade? “WIndows 10 download”

Ninja Cat Riding a T-Rex !?!?!?! – “Yeap … A Ninja Cat Riding a T-Rex”

I have 2 Windows  devices I am really looking forward to loading Windows 10 on to.

Sumvision Cyclone Mini PC

My TV is currently not very smart and I am still under discussion (/thumb) with my lovely wife around upgrading our current TV. But in the mean time I managed to save enough to buy a Mini PC which we can use a media centre.

ASUS T100

Asus T100 is a great little device which has a debatable keyboard, so you can use it as either a netbook or a tablet. As well as using this when travelling. One of the great things about this is I can use this as a BYOD (Bring your own device) to work, as I have one profile for work and the other for personal use.

I am really interested to see how Windows 10 will effect using these devices.

Let me know what your thoughts are? Have you upgraded?