*Nine tips for paranoid Windows 10 users

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Windows 10 is well known for its controversial collection of personal and private data. Many people don’t understand the big deal about keeping their personal lives personal. For instance, they share their recent purchases, where they eat, when they are on vacation and vacant from their homes, if they are cheating, their sex life, their spouse’s arguments, photos of their children, and even themselves in inappropriate or compromising settings … everything about themselves on social media, and think it’s harmless.

What’s more, Microsoft has now joined the ranks of personal data collection with Windows 10 as its most recent operating system. Many computer experts are even calling Windows 10 as ‘spyware’. To some degree that’s true whether it matters to you or not.

But if you are serious about wanting to protect your privacy, here are ways that you can avoid, remove, or turn off features that track you in Windows 10. Some of these tactics may seem extreme, but you can obviously pick and choose, depending on what level of privacy you’re comfortable with.

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*Microsoft threatened by class-action lawsuit for blocking Security Updates

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Why is Microsoft blocking newer PCs running Windows 7 and 8.1 from receiving legitimate Security Updates?

The consensus is that Microsoft is trying to force users – once again – to upgrade to Windows 10 whether they want to or not.

The update block has even prompted some users and businesses to call for a class-action lawsuit against Microsoft, for cutting off updates to Windows 8.1 “eight months before the end of mainstream support”.

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*Microsoft now warns users not to install its own Win-10 Creators Update

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Windows 10 has been from the very beginning an operating system (OS) totally unready for use. One of the reasons it was given away for free last year was to get a large number of users to upgrade and become unwilling beta-testers of the OS.

When that didn’t happen Microsoft began tricking users into installing the OS without it even being ready for distribution. And when even that didn’t create the user base that Microsoft wanted they start forcing the upgrade on user’s computers without their permission.

These unprepared and underhanded practices by Microsoft did not go over well with those who didn’t want to be unwilling beta-testers for someone else’s company. Eventually Microsoft took notice when the upgrade process faltered once again.

Their answer … was to force broken patches on a broken operating system in the hope that the patches would fix all the problems inherent in Windows 10. And we’re not even talking about all the data and telemetry collection that Win-10 does. Many of the new, so-called ‘Security and Quality Rollup’ patches actually caused harm to user’s computers.

When the broken patches were discovered, Microsoft claimed that users didn’t understand the new Windows Update process. Now imagine any other industry that forces you to use a product you don’t want, and then breaks it, and blames you for it. That company would be out of business immediately.

But the God’s of Microsoft must be smiling because they are getting away with it.

Now, here we go again.

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*Windows 10 is Really an Advertising Platform, Not Just an Operating System

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After Microsoft’s ethically questionable rollout of Windows 10, and it’s pushed data collection from users, we are now learning that Windows 10 will become its primary platform for advertising.

Except the ads are being called, “suggestions”.  Ahhh, Semantics…..

They are beginning to appear in the Start menu, in the taskbar, in the Action Center, in Explorer, in the Ink Workspace, on the Lock Screen, in the Share tool, in the Windows Store and even in File Explorer.

This is not the first time Microsoft has crammed ads into the Windows UI — there are the lock screen ads disguised as backgrounds, notification ads for Edge, and a strange pop-up ad for Microsoft’s personal shopping assistant in Chrome. But as more and more ads have gradually crept into Windows 10, the implications of using Windows 10 become ever clearer.

Microsoft has lost its grip on what is acceptable, and even goes as far as pretending that these ads serve users more than the company. But if we’re honest, the company is doing nothing more than abusing its position, using Windows 10 to promote its own tools and services, or those with which it has marketing arrangements.

Does Microsoft think we’re stupid?

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*Microsoft now pushing advertising on your Windows 10 desktop

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Just when you thought Microsoft couldn’t get any sneakier than collecting personal user-data from Windows 10 users, now we have to contend with it pushing advertising direct to our desktops.

We are now seeing advertising beginning to appear on the lock screen, the start screen, and the task bar. Most recently it was in an attempt to increase the user base for it’s flawed Edge browser.

Pop-ups would do their best to get you to try it. Unfortunately, most people who tried it simply shrugged their shoulders with a collective, ‘meh’, and went back to whichever browser they were previously using.

This time, the company is advertising one of its Chrome shopping-based extensions to users of the Chrome browser. The pop-up appears over Chrome’s icon in the taskbar, whether or not Chrome is actively running.

Needless to say, users of Windows 10 are now even more furious about how Microsoft is behaving. How did Microsoft know which browsers they were using if they weren’t spying on them in the first place? And why is Microsoft now pushing advertising directly to the desktop?

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*Microsoft Acknowledges Sharing Personal Data Collected from Windows 10 Users with 3rd-Party

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Microsoft has begun to share personal telemetry data collected from computers running Windows 10 with a third-party company, according to reports today. Security firm FireEye will have access to data from “every” Windows 10 device as part of a new partnership. Microsoft recently signed a deal with FireEye that integrates the security vendor’s iSIGHT Threat Intelligence into Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (WDATP). As part of the partnership, Microsoft will give FireEye access to all the telemetry data from every device running Windows 10, including PC’s, tablets and smartphones,  according to Australian website ARN. 

It’s no secret that Windows 10 collects all sorts of usage information on users and sends them back to Microsoft, which then uses this telemetry data to help identify security issues, fix problems and improve the quality of its operating system.

This telemetry data includes information on the device running Windows 10, a list of installed apps, crash dumps, and other statistics from devices powered by its latest operating system. However, this Microsoft’s data mining capability also raised some privacy concerns among Windows users.

Microsoft has said that personal information is “seldom taken,” implying that it occasionally is. The company did not specify what is uploaded, where it’s stored or why it’s required. This newly-signed deal with FireEye is the first time that Microsoft has publicly acknowledged that it is sharing telemetry data of Windows 10 users with a third-party, which is definitely worrying for many users.


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*5 privacy settings to change in Windows 10

by Sarah Jacobsson Purewal   …..

Windows 10 is running on over 400 million devices, but it still has all sorts of privacy issues — including mandatory diagnostic and usage data reporting to Microsoft, and a troubling amount of ads sprinkled throughout the platform.

Not all of Windows 10’s problems can be fixed, but there are some things you can do to reclaim your privacy. Here are five privacy-related settings you can change for a less invasive and more secure Windows 10 experience.

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