Windows 10 Is Spyware

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  1. poncho

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    If you are currently a Microsoft user running either Windows 7 or 8, you are eligible for a free upgrade to the "new and improved" Windows 10. But before you upgrade, be aware that it's free as in price, not as in liberty. Many of the new features and settings of Windows 10 have been deemed spyware by computer security experts. It's one thing to have programs and applications spying on you. It's another thing altogether to have your operating system designed to do it.

    When Microsoft announced the "free" upgrade, many were left wondering why the Redmond giant would give away licenses to use the new operating system. Now it appears that the reason is simple: greater data-mining opportunities. Windows operating systems have long included security weaknesses that leave users vulnerable to spying and data-mining from others. What is different with the newest iteration of Windows is that Microsoft is directly involved in that spying and data-mining and has built the entire operating system in such a way as to allow it.

    To install the Windows 10 upgrade, users must agree to the Microsoft Services Agreement and its accompanying documents. Few will ever read the terms of these documents since they span some 40,000 words and would run 110 pages if printed. As is to be expected, most of the terms are written in legalese and are not overly easy to understand. There are some parts of the terms that users need to be aware of, though, because agreeing to them grants Microsoft the right to read, save, and share anything stored on or accessed using any computer running Microsoft Windows as well as any computer using Microsoft products or services.

    Continue . . . http://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/computers/item/21400-windows-10-is-spyware
     
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    So what is their "record" in sharing data who have they shared our info with?
     
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    So we do not have any evidence that Microsoft is doing anything nefarious with our info. Further we know that they fought the NSA on providing customer info to them.
     
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    We don't have evidence you will accept as evidence no.

    There's plenty of it out there but as in most things that goes against the official narrative you won't go anywhere near it.
     
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    I'll agree with this Don but of course my opinion on this matter is based on the mountain of evidence the Rev won't look at.
     
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    I would like to see any of it.
     
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    I posted this in the computer section last week - kind of relates:

    "Ya'll might snoop start button/settings/privacy and see what all is going on relating you your saying yes to the agreement at the beginning.

    "Also, a look at the Wi-Fi sense to be sure you want what they have set up by default.

    "Cortona requires you to shift your user account to your Microsoft account also.

    "Just some thoughts from my day of snooping/reading online about what MS is up to and why 10 may be free. Mine information, sell it to others, make money :) it would seem."

    I think the "free" relates more to getting people to update so they can shift to a subscription model later on rather than selling it as a program in a box - though data selling may well be in the offing.

    I don't know how much more data linked we can be these days. This morning I looked at an all in one computer on ebay - clicked on my facebook link and beheld an ad for an all in one computer. 10 seconds - pretty well linked up it would seem.
     
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    You just showed us otherwise.
     
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    “The technotronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date complete files containing even the most personal information about the citizen. These files will be subject to instantaneous retrieval by the authorities. ” ― Zbigniew Brzeziński, Between Two Ages: America's Role in the Technetronic Era
     
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    What does Microsoft know, and when did they know about it?
     
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    I downloaded the free program, and now I am more paranoid than ever before! Thanks Poncho for this info, at least I know why I feel like someone is watching me!
     
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    What, exactly, did he give you?
     
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    http://money.cnn.com/2015/08/17/technology/windows-10-privacy/index.html

    I tried to find something that resembles a somewhat unbiased source. The thing is, the techno guys hate the privacy issues in Windows 10; and the non-techies tend to over-simplify.

    As the linked article indicates, Cortana (Windows' version of Siri) is on by default; and as you use it, it sends information back to Microsoft. That information can be shared with vendors and other entities. The privacy advocates would prefer that we were able to opt into this; most of us simply click through the installation process, and don't realize we're allowing Microsoft to monitor our browsing and search habits.

    As the article says, you can shut this off; but you have to navigate through 13 privacy screens to disable information sharing.

    But, as the article points out in item 4, even if you navigate through all 13 screens to disable information sharing, you'll still be sharing some info.

    The article goes into more detail. Feel free to give it a read.
     
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    Thanks for the info.......
     

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