Sharing is caring, but Windows 10 may have pushed the sentiment a little too far. A new feature in the upcoming Windows 10 is called WiFi Sense, and it aims to create a network of shared hotspots between you and your contacts. Unless prompted otherwise, the OS will share your WiFi passwords, albeit encrypted, with your Outlook, Skype, and Facebook friends and contacts. This means whenever they wander within range of a hotspot you’ve previously logged in to, they will automatically have access. And this is enabled by default. Sure, you can uncheck the sharing box when you log into a new network, but if you’re upgrading from a previous version of Windows, all your previously stored passwords will be shared by default. In order to avoid this, you have to know about it in the first place, and then go to “Wi-Fi—> Network settings—> Manage Wi-Fi settings, and uncheck basically all the boxes you can see.” Considering most of our “friends” are barely friends at all, but are people like former high school classmates that we looked up to see if they’d gotten fat and bald as we hoped… Microsoft may want to turns this admittedly well-meaning feature into an opt-in, rather than an opt-out.
VIA [ Gizmodo ]