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Windows 10 Features: Wi-Fi Sense

One of the more controversial features of Windows 10 is Wi-Fi Sense. Though it has been on Windows Phone for some time, this is a new feature of Windows 10. Wi-Fi Sense allows you to share access to a wireless network with your friends on social media sites like Facebook. Wi-Fi Sense also allows you to connect to wireless networks shared by your social media friends.

Wi-Fi SenseWi-Fi Sense does not share the wireless network’s password or key but instead shares an authentication hash. So your friends can gain access to networks you choose without the need to share passwords.

As I mentioned earlier, this is a controversial set of features. There is a lot of concern about unknowingly allowing access to a home or work network with everyone you know. Luckily, this is an opt-in feature, meaning it is not automatically enabled by default. You will have to manually turn it on for each wireless network.

For work networks, Microsoft has stated that companies can ensure their corporate wireless networks are never added to Wi-Fi Sense by simply modifying the wireless network’s SSID.

I suspect future functionality will give more granular control, such as corporate policy control over Wi-Fi Sense, and the ability to share with a group of friends on Facebook instead of simply everyone on your friend’s lists. I have not heard anything from Microsoft in this regard, so time will tell.

Wi-Fi Sense settings can be accessed in Windows 10 by browsing to Settings >> Network & Internet >> Manage Wi-Fi Settings.

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Robert Borges

About Robert…

I have been in the IT industry since 1993 focusing mainly in networking. Though I got an early start as an amateur computer enthusiast, and wrote my first database app at age 12, I started my professional career working in the MIS department of one of the largest liquor distributors in the northeast. I started out there as a systems operator on the company’s two mainframe systems. From there I moved into PC support, and help design and implement the company’s first client-server network… This was back in the days of Win NT 3.51. I also worked on my first migration to NT 4.0 back then.

From there I went on to work with Novell 3.x and 4.x along with Windows domains and active directory environments. Working my way up from technician, to specialist, to administrator, and eventually all the way up to Sr. Engineer. I spent many years working for consulting firms, 9 of which I owned and operated my own firm.
Over the years, I have worked with (at an expert level) various versions of: Windows client and server operating systems (including Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2);various virtualization technologies (Hyper-V, Virtual Server, Virtual PC, VMware, etc…); MS-SQL server 6.5- 2008 R2; Exchange 4-2010, and much more.

I am now Director of Information Systems at Bay State Integrated Technology focusing on cloud computing and IT service, with expertise in: IT Infrastructure & Architecture, IT Security, and Cloud Computing platforms & technologies (SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS).

I am in a constant state of learning about new products, and new versions of products. Many of which we end up implementing in lab environments and sometimes for our clients. I have a pretty broad range of expertise and experience. It is my goal to share some of this experience on this blog to help enrich the IT community.

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