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Free Windows upgrade prompts security concerns

Those operating Windows 7 and Windows 8 will soon be offered a free upgrade to Microsoft’s most recent operating system, Windows 10. Sounds good, but should users jump in with both feet?

A new feature called Wi-Fi Sense included as part of the new operating system will allow your PC to automatically connect to Wi-Fi networks your contacts have previously connected to.

Microsoft asserts that the feature does not share passwords but instead shares an encrypted version, stored encrypted on a Microsoft server. Users are also assured that Wi-Fi sense will block users from accessing other shared resources on your network.

With growing security concerns and the increasing ways cyber criminals are finding to access networks, it comes as no surprise that the feature has raised the eyebrows of sceptics fearing that Microsoft’s measures will not be enough to prevent the most determined hackers.

According to an article in Ars Technica, users should “not be mortally afraid of Wi-Fi Sense. By default, it will not share Wi-Fi passwords with anyone else. For every network you join, you’ll be asked if you want to share it with your friends/social networks.”

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Daniel Jacobs

Daniel Jacobs

Daniel Jacobs was editor of Dynamic Business.

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