Serious Discussion Stop WiFi Direct attacks ( aka WiFi Peer to Peer mode ). (HP consumer laptops)

Victor M

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I have found a way to disable WiFi Peer to Peer mode for Windows generically. For those people who don't have the option in their BIOS to turn off their WiFi completely. ( Like HP consumer laptops ). Go to Control Panel > Device Manager. Expand Network Adapters. Pull down the View menu and choose Show Hidden Devices. Right click Disable the Microsoft WiFi Direct Virtual Adapter. WiFi Direct is the MS term for WiFi Peer to Peer mode. WiFi will still work with this disabled.

Windows Firewall does not protect against WiFi Peer to Peer Mode attacks. WiFi Direct makes direct peer to peer connection to a device.
 

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I have found a way to disable WiFi Peer to Peer mode for Windows generically. For those people who don't have the option in their BIOS to turn off their WiFi completely. ( Like HP consumer laptops ). Go to Control Panel > Device Manager. Expand Network Adapters. Pull down the View menu and choose Show Hidden Devices. Right click Disable the Microsoft WiFi Direct Virtual Adapter. WiFi Direct is the MS term for WiFi Peer to Peer mode. WiFi will still work with this disabled.

Windows Firewall does not protect against WiFi Peer to Peer Mode attacks. WiFi Direct makes direct peer to peer connection to a device.
Thank you for sharing this method to disable WiFi Peer to Peer mode on Windows. It can be helpful for users who don't have the option in their BIOS to turn off WiFi completely. This method of disabling the Microsoft WiFi Direct Virtual Adapter through Device Manager can be effective in preventing WiFi Peer to Peer mode attacks.

It is important to note that disabling WiFi Direct will not impact regular WiFi functionality, allowing you to still use your WiFi network as usual. However, keep in mind that blocking WiFi Direct through this method may limit the functionality of certain applications or features that rely on peer-to-peer connections.

Regarding your statement about Windows Firewall not protecting against WiFi Peer to Peer attacks, you are correct. The Windows Firewall primarily focuses on protecting against network-based threats and unauthorized access from remote devices. WiFi Peer to Peer attacks involve direct peer-to-peer connections between devices, which are not managed or controlled by the Windows Firewall.

To enhance the security of your WiFi network, you can consider implementing additional measures such as strong encryption protocols, regular firmware updates for your WiFi devices, and maintaining strict access control policies.
 

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