Windows 10 and Wi-Fi Share
According to an article on Krebs on Security ( http://krebsonsecurity.com/2015/07/windows-10-shares-your-wi-fi-with-contacts/ ) Windows 10, Microsoft’s new operating system (OS), will share your wi-fi password with your contacts in Outlook, Skype, and Facebook. It seems like you can tell the Windows install process not to do this, but it involves changing the default install options AND the name of your wireless network. With this “feature” your wi-fi password ends up stored on Microsoft servers. Yes, it’s encrypted, but I don’t have the warm and fuzzies about this.
“Windows 10 – Insecure by Default!”
After reading the article, I felt less and less happy about the whole situation. There are lots of links to follow and for anyone considering the upgrade, take a look at the article. Some of the suggested “fixes” are absurd and get absurder still when you add in Google’s wi-fi sharing schemes.
Apparently we should all change our wireless network names to “GetOutAndStayOut_optout_nomap”
The comments to Krebs’s post are enough to make you run away screaming, either because of commenters who understand just how horrible this this or the commenters who don’t. Take your pick.
I’m trying to figure out why anyone would think sharing wi-fi passwords withYOU’RE YOUR contacts is a good idea.
Show of hands. How many of your Facebook “friends” are people or relatives you can’t stand but have to tolerate? And sure, your future ex significant other is super nice and would never do anything Revenge Porny. Am I right?
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[An NSA hacking tool] also has another capability: to create invisible storage space on the hard drive to hide data stolen from the system so the attackers can retrieve it later. This lets spies . . . bypass disk encryption by secreting documents they want to seize in areas that don’t get encrypted. http://www.wired.com/2015/02/nsa-firmware-hacking/