More so than any previous version of Windows, Win10 is an evolving operating system. Each new update brings forth new features and user-interface changes. And that’s especially the case with the Anniversary Update.
Here’s what you should know about the changes in Win10’s Wi-Fi settings, plus how to review and manage a bit of what Microsoft knows about you.
Getting to know Win10’s wireless options
Mobility is a central theme running through Windows 10, and Microsoft has made a few changes with the Anniversary Update.
In Version 1511, clicking Settings/Network & Internet will list Wi-Fi among the options — if you have an active wireless adapter in your device. Clicking Wi-Fi displays found wireless networks plus links to more settings. “Advanced options,” for example, simply displays the name, driver version, and address of your device’s wireless adapter.
(Note: If you have an older system that doesn’t include Wi-Fi, you can add a simple USB dongle [Amazon example] for about U.S. $20. I use one as a backup, for when my Ethernet powerline adapters decide to lock up.)
Clicking the “Manage Wi-Fi settings” link pops up another window with two options: Wi-Fi Sense and Paid Wi-Fi services. Wi-Fi Sense generated an uproar of criticism from users concerned about Windows 10’s lack of user privacy. Foremost, was the option to automatically “connect to networks shared by my contacts.”
A second option, “Connect to suggested open hotspots” also raised security and privacy concerns. (If you’re still on Version 1511, you’ll probably want to ensure that both options are turned off.)