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CharlyAR
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Message 1 of 42

Lenovo WiFi Security: What is it and what does it do?

Hi, 

 

The new Lenovo Vantage is insisting on me to use the "Lenovo WiFi Security". Even sending notifications about it. But it doesn't specify about anything it does:

 

"Lenovo WiFi Security helps protect you from connecting to malicious WiFi networks. Enable this feature to reduce the risk of having your computer and your data exposed to attackers. Lenovo WiFi Security requires access to location information to run optimally. Additional privacy policy information can be viewed here.

 

To get the most out of Lenovo WiFi Security, we recommend enabling the Lenovo Vantage Toolbar in the  Power Settings  section of Hardware Settings."

 

The link only provides information about privacy, so... What is this "feature" supposed to do and how exactly?

 

LenovoWiFiSecurity.png

 

Cheers.

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SLTM
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Message 2 of 42

Re: Lenovo WiFi Security: What is it and what does it do?

Yes. I keep getting this annoying pop-up lately as well. It repeats itself every so often and it's starting to get on my nerves. I didn't need this until now and I don't need it now either.

 

If anyone knows how to stop this notification from popping up, it would be appreciated if you posted it here.

CharlyAR
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Message 3 of 42

Re: Lenovo WiFi Security: What is it and what does it do?

You can turn off notifications for Lenovo Vantage. But I would still like to know what is supposed to do... If anything.
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Bballman365
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Message 4 of 42

Re: Lenovo WiFi Security: What is it and what does it do?

How exactly do you turn off the notifications for the Wi-Fi security? By step would also be great. Thanks!

CharlyAR
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Re: Lenovo WiFi Security: What is it and what does it do?

You just turn off notifications for that specific Windows App... Windows -> Settings -> System -> Notifications & actions -> Get notifications from these senders

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tntuof
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Re: Lenovo WiFi Security: What is it and what does it do?

So nobody still knows what the heck it actually does?

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Message 7 of 42

Re: Lenovo WiFi Security: What is it and what does it do?

Enabling a "security" feature which does not explain itself is a bad idea, and I recommend not installing Lenovo WiFi Security, at least until it is properly explained.

 

We do have a bit more information (below). 

 

What is Lenovo WiFi Security?

  • Lenovo WiFi Security, powered by Coronet, detects and analyzes, in real-time, potential security threats from unsafe wireless networks.
  • Protects users from risks of connecting to unsafe wireless networks by distinguishing between legitimate and risky, possibly malicious, networks.
  • Integrated into Lenovo Vantage, with easy, one-click enablement via Preferences menu.


How Does it Work?

  • When the user connects to a wireless network, the Coronet algorithm running on the PC examines some characteristics of the network in its determination of the risk level of that network:
  • Collecting radio, data link, and network level properties of the APs (access points)
  • Contrasting this information both across the APs, and per AP over recent time, and (when essential) with the regional and device level reference of the network environments
  • Deriving risk indicators from the above information, and assessing risk level and risk justifications based on the (server-side generated but client-side operated) threat evaluation module

This third party, Coronet, has access to the collected data per Lenovo Vantage's reference to this privacy policy. 

I don't work for Lenovo. I'm a crazy volunteer!
CharlyAR
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Message 8 of 42

Re: Lenovo WiFi Security: What is it and what does it do?

Thank you bananaman for your reply. I couldn't find any information, since Lenovo, WiFi and Security and too vague and widely used search terms. And yes, I totally agree not ot activate anything it doesn't specify what is supposed to do...

 

For the bit of information you were able to get, it seems to analyze access points based on known ones and some basic policies like with/without encryption, known DNS and such. Maybe some kind of partial implementation of https://coro.net/product

 

It might be somewhat useful for non tech-savy users. For me it just looks like another uneeded fatware and I'll plan on treating it that way unless more information is provided, showing it has some reaaally sweet features, low workload and is very stable. So... probably won't ever happen, lol.

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Bimme
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Message 9 of 42

Re: Lenovo WiFi Security: What is it and what does it do?

Thanks for the info bananaman.

I was curious, so I enabled the feature connected to my home network.

It first said that it was compliant, followed by that it had detected suspicious activity.

But it did not tell me what was suspicious, just the option to disable the network.

I don't think that my network have any problems. but if it do I would like to know what.

But most important, if it flags my home network as suspicious, how should I then respond if I get the same message on a public network? I guess that most networks could have suspicious activity.

 

Anyone that knows how to find out more information about what is considered as suspicious?

mahn92
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Message 10 of 42

Re: Lenovo WiFi Security: What is it and what does it do?

Hi,

Coronet says their software protects against the "krack" security exploit on WPA/WPA2 secured wifi networks ("krack" permits to read WPA/WPA2 encrypted communications).

Perhaps it protects against other issues but I think that using a VPN on WIFI networks offers a better level of protection as a VPN connection has its own encryption (except for PPTP which is reported to be vulnerable). Its unclear to me yet if coronet permits to detect a security breach in real time, that could be usefull. 

 

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