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Microsoft's killing Windows 10's controversial Wi-Fi Sense password sharing feat


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#1 JohnC_21

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Posted 11 May 2016 - 09:35 AM

Sometimes even good ideas just don’t work out in the real world, and to that end, Microsoft recently announced it’s killing Wi-Fi Sense in Windows 10. In fact, the latest Windows preview build for PCs, build 14342, already removed the feature from Windows Insiders' computers.

Wi-Fi Sense is a controversial Wi-Fi password sharing feature Microsoft added to the original release of Windows 10. The idea was simple enough: click a check box and the passwords for Wi-Fi networks saved to your PC would be seamlessly shared with your friends on Skype, Facebook, and your Outlook.com contacts. That way, your pals' PCs would automatically log into Wi-Fi networks you've already visited and logged into. The feature did not work with enterprise machines or with select workplace Wi-Fi network types.

But the feature created concerns and anxiety among users and critics. Most of those feelings were a little misplaced—you can read our Wi-Fi Sense primer for more details—but many users were understandably concerned about sending their Wi-Fi passwords(even in encrypted form) to Microsoft’s cloud.

 

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Build 14342 also allows installation of addons to Edge through the Windows Store.


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Posted 11 May 2016 - 11:00 AM

Thank the universe!  I thought this was a pretty stupid idea to begin with.  Maybe I just did not see anything good coming from this.  Why in the world would you want to share your password in this fashion, this just spells disaster to me.  Is it really that big of a deal to have someone come over and give them the password then?  I know I would not another way for someone to steal my network password...


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Posted 11 May 2016 - 11:36 AM

 Adblock Plus - hot DAWG!  Installed & working here.  But why do we have to get it from the App Store?  I just got 14342 installed, no problems so far with a teensy little bit of testing.


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Posted 11 May 2016 - 12:37 PM

 Adblock Plus - hot DAWG!  Installed & working here.  But why do we have to get it from the App Store?  I just got 14342 installed, no problems so far with a teensy little bit of testing.

 

To which I respond, "Why not?"  Every browser I currently use regularly (Chrome and Firefox) has its own equivalent of "the App Store" and that's where the vast majority of add-ons are obtained.

 

Even though some malicious stuff has occasionally slipped by, I quite like at least some vetting by the browser's producer before an add-on is "blessed" for inclusion.  On the other previously mentioned browsers "blessed" doesn't mean that the purpose of said add-on/extension is approved of, but that the code passes at least some basic "sniff testing" before being approved for installation.


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Posted 11 May 2016 - 12:46 PM

 

 Adblock Plus - hot DAWG!  Installed & working here.  But why do we have to get it from the App Store?  I just got 14342 installed, no problems so far with a teensy little bit of testing.

 

To which I respond, "Why not?"  Every browser I currently use regularly (Chrome and Firefox) has its own equivalent of "the App Store" and that's where the vast majority of add-ons are obtained.

 

Even though some malicious stuff has occasionally slipped by, I quite like at least some vetting by the browser's producer before an add-on is "blessed" for inclusion.  On the other previously mentioned browsers "blessed" doesn't mean that the purpose of said add-on/extension is approved of, but that the code passes at least some basic "sniff testing" before being approved for installation.

 

+1  :thumbsup: I would never install an extension or add-on if not from the browser's own dedicated site.






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