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Safely using automatic Wi-Fi connections on Windows 10

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There's a feature in Windows 10 that lets your computer connect automatically to certain open Wi-Fi hotspots, and can even share Wi-Fi passwords with your contacts. It makes it really easy to stay connected while you're out and about, but it can also be a security risk. These steps will help you make sure you're connecting securely.

 

Changing hotspot settings

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A 'hotspot' is a public Wi-Fi network that anyone can connect to. They're usually found in places like coffee shops, fast food restaurants and shopping centres. You don't normally need a password to connect, and because they're open to everyone, there can be a potential security risk by letting your computer connect to it automatically. These steps show you how to stop the automatic connection from happening.

 
 
 
 
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Open the Start menu and click on Settings.

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Once the Settings page opens, click on Network & Internet.

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Scroll the page down, and then click on Manage Wi-Fi settings.

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Click the toggle switch next to Automatically connect to suggested Open Hotspots to turn off this feature.

Stopping Wi-Fi passwords from sharing

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Windows 10 can share your Wi-Fi password with people that are in your contact list. It can be handy when you want to share the password with friends or family, but it can also be a security risk because you won't know who's connecting. These steps show you how to turn this feature off.

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Open the Start menu and choose Settings.

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Click on Network & Internet.

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Scroll down the page and click on Manage Wi-Fi settings.

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Underneath the heading For networks I select, share them with my, remove the ticks for Outlook contacts, Facebook Friends and Skype contacts.

Your password won't be shared with your contacts automatically anymore.

 

Hopefully that's sorted your problem, but if you need to, you can get more help from a Team Knowhow Expert here.

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