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Apple iOS 10 Beta Displays Security Recommendations

By George Stafanick, Blog Contributor
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Apple released iOS 10 beta to developers this week. As a Wi-Fi guy I like to keep up with beta releases, one to see what is coming down the pike for my enterprise users and two Im nosy when it comes to Wi-Fi related changes.

One change jumped out at me, it was the "Security Recommendations". I discovered in iOS 10 wireless network settings, Apple offers words of wisdom for their cult followers.

When connecting to an open unsecured wireless network you will see the following:

OPEN WIRELESS NETWORK

Open networks provide no security and expose all network traffic.

Configure you router to use WPA2 Personal (AES) security type for this network.

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802.1X WIRELESS NETWORK 

Interestingly when connected to a 802.1X wireless network with a hidden SSID you see these comments:

Using a hidden network can expose personally identifiable information.

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I'd like to know what Apple means by sharing personal identifiable information when the SSID is hidden?

What is your take on these settings ?

Configure your router to broadcast this network.