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Windows 10 will automatically share your Wi-Fi with your friends

Windows 10 will automatically share your Wi-Fi with your friends
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Among the many new features Windows 10 brings to the table, or leaves off the table, there's one interesting feature that hasn't gotten much attention. It's called Wi-Fi Sense and it's either a major convenience or a major security risk, depending on who you ask.

Basically, Wi-Fi Sense lets people log in to your Wi-Fi network without needing the encryption password (you did set up encryption, right?). OK, that sounds dangerous and scary, but it isn't quite as bad as you might be thinking.

Before I continue, I should point out that Wi-Fi Sense isn't actually new; it's been a feature in Windows Phone 8.1 for a year now. However, Windows 10 will finally bring it to laptops, desktops and Windows-based tablets, so a lot more people are going to have it.

If you've ever been to someone's house and wanted to log in to their Wi-Fi network, you know it's a hassle. They have to hunt down the password and you have to type it into your gadget. It's even worse if they take my advice and have a strong Wi-Fi password, which are usually hard to type.

The same goes for a business Wi-Fi network. It might ask you to provide your name, email address or phone number before you can log in. Wi-Fi Sense will provide that information for you automatically, so you can just start using the network.

Next page: How Wi-Fi Sense works, the security risks, and how to turn it off
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