Saturday, August 22, 2015

Why NOT to upgrade to Windows 10!


New Windows 10 OS from Microsoft is launched and available world wide now. People get free upgrade to new shiny OS from Microsoft and everyone is happy about it. Here are the hidden facts that you should care about!

#1 Whatever you say is getting recorded via mic and sent to Microsoft
Microsoft has given a nice name to it called 'Cortana', the voice assistance to help you search and type. However it records every word you say and transmits it. All your meeting minutes, private discussions are been processed and maintained by Microsoft.

#2 Whatever you type on your keyboard gets sent to Microsoft
That means you give all your passwords, emails, chats, comments, account numbers to Microsoft  as you type! Reasoning Microsoft gives for this is to auto-correct spellings and provide word recommendation for faster typing. They have installed key-logger officially on Windows 10.

#3 All documents/photos/content on your computer gets backed up on Microsoft servers and can get shared with governments if asked

#4 Unique ID that can be used by apps for advertisement purposes.  Data/Activities/Ads from all apps can be co-related with your identity and available to companies.

#5 Location/Camera services available to all apps on request. Any app can now request for location or camera and use it.

#6 Your settings, web history, apps and data are synced to provide seamless experience across devices. Lots of data is captured and available to Microsoft for all good/bad reasons.

Go ahead and enable privacy settings if you have upgraded to Windows 10.  Be secure and keep private things private. Here is how - http://www.ghacks.net/2015/07/30/windows-10-and-privacy/

Why not try Linux? That's free too and respects your privacy!

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