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    I recently noticed when I joined my work wi-fi on my Galaxy s9 (personal phone-not company phone) a QR screen popped up with the option to have another device connect to the wi-fi without entering the password. Isn't this a security risk to have such easy access to a business's wireless network?
    08-22-2019 11:02 AM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! Is it a guest wi-fi network, or the main internal wi-fi network for the company?

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    08-22-2019 11:36 AM
  3. Crystalblueii's Avatar
    It is the main wi-fi. Our IT person is not too happy to have this QR option appear on employees phones. Once the phone has the stored password a QR code is automatically generated. The phone that displays the code can now be passed around to be scanned and anyone who has scanned the code gets in the wifi network-no password needed. Important note: the "host" phone has to be within the wi-fi coverage area; and that device has previously stored and remembered the wireless network password.
    08-22-2019 03:20 PM
  4. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Looks like it's a native Samsung feature: https://www.sammobile.com/2019/08/06...i-android-pie/
    08-22-2019 03:40 PM
  5. Crystalblueii's Avatar
    Now how is an IT person supposed to counter that? Ban cell phones within the office environment? That's not practical or productive. What are other business's doing to keep a main business wi-fi network secure with this feature?
    08-22-2019 03:50 PM
  6. hallux's Avatar
    So, your IT team allows personal cell phones not registered in some company device management system to be connected to the company WiFi? Sounds like it's high time for some stronger IT security policies. Allowing non-managed devices (computer or phone) onto the internal company network is, in itself, a security risk regardless of there being a feature such as you're concerned about.
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    08-22-2019 04:06 PM
  7. B. Diddy's Avatar
    So, your IT team allows personal cell phones not registered in some company device management system to be connected to the company WiFi? Sounds like it's high time for some stronger IT security policies. Allowing non-managed devices (computer or phone) onto the internal company network is, in itself, a security risk regardless of there being a feature such as you're concerned about.
    This is an excellent point.
    08-22-2019 04:38 PM
  8. ManiacJoe's Avatar
    Connecting to the company wifi is not all that big a deal.
    MDM software is usually required for connecting to the company file servers and email servers.
    08-22-2019 05:38 PM
  9. hallux's Avatar
    Connecting to the company wifi is not all that big a deal.
    MDM software is usually required for connecting to the company file servers and email servers.
    Except the MDM software can also be used to enforce policies that could prevent that feared feature from working. Shoot - it can be used to disable the camera if they want.

    The company I support will only managed iOS devices and company-owned PCs to connect to the internal WiFi, they don't even allow managed Android devices to connect to the internal WiFi network.
    08-22-2019 06:06 PM
  10. ManiacJoe's Avatar
    Oh, yes. The restrictions that MDM software allows to be put on phones can reach the "crazy" levels, beyond what is actually needed.
    08-23-2019 01:04 AM

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