Focus on Technology: Windows 10 Wi-Fi Sense

WiFi_SenseWindows 10 has a feature called Wi-Fi Sense, which will automatically share your Wi-Fi connection with other electronic equipment.  Sounds great, doesn't it?  No more writing down or repeating SIDs and passwords to let people access your secure, private wireless network.  Well, I consider this a bad idea for business.  This is a simple cyber-security issue to consider.  I would encourage you to consider turning the feature off to be more secure vs more convenient.  Letting people access your wireless network without specifically giving them the password is not a good idea.

Here's how to turn this feature off in Windows 10.  In Cortana, type "Change Wi-Fi Settings", then select "Change Wi-Fi Settings" at the top of the list.  This will open the Wi-Fi settings page. On this page turn off the sliders below the following three controls.

  1. Wi-Fi Sense ... Connect to suggested open hotspots
  2. Hotspot 2.0 networks ... Let me use Online Sign-Up to get connected
    1. You may want to turn this feature "on" for traveling laptops, but office computers should have it "off".
  3. Paid Wi-Fi Services
    1. You may want to turn this feature "on" for traveling laptops, but office computers should have it "off".

 

Protect your patients, protect your practice, protect yourself.

Robert Felps
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Innovative problem solver. Robert Felps takes a holistic view of the situation, understanding the business objectives, then architects a solution that exceeds the expectations for much less than standard industry solutions would cost.

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