Windows 10 is not really free: you are paying for it with your privacy

Windows 10 is not really free: you are paying for it with your privacy

Windows 10 has been offered as a free upgrade to many Windows 7 and 8/8.1 users via a 3.5GByte download. This, plus the lacklustre adoption of Windows 8/8.1 and Microsoft offering 10 years support of Windows 10, are sure to entice Windows users to upgrade. But as we know, nothing is truly free on the Internet. Somehow Microsoft has to pay for developing, testing and supporting a new operating system. David Glance, Director of UWA Centre for Software Practice at University of Western Australia goes into some of the ways you'll help Microsoft cover those costs along with a link to an article on Reddit on how to disable data logging:

Conner Forrest in TechRepublic, walks through the process of making privacy setting changes (which incidentally, are spread over 13 different screens!):

Windows 10 will be available for free installation until July2016, so wise advice is to hold off upgrading until Microsoft has used feedback from early adopters to improve the installation and hopefully the security configuration process.

On a related issue, Mihai Lazarescu, Associate Professor and head of the Department of Computing at Australia's Curtin University explains Why we should all care about cyber crime: the risk to you and me

You may not think you have much of interest/value on your computer/tablet/smartphone, but hackers can still use it to further their aims elsewhere...

Don't worry, there's much you can do to improve your Internet security:

Online Security Starts with YOU!

Is Your Computer/Phone/Tablet secure?


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  • Sensible advice. I discovered this forum by looking up the CLLSA and taking it from there, but you are quite correct that since, I have looked up MANY topics that have brought me to posts from this site. For those who do not use computers or social media regularly, it is good to be reminded of the less favourable side of things. Sometimes it's hard, (particularly as we get more familiar with the site and people on it) not to disclose too much personal information. I have often written something, thought better of it, then deleted it. Fortunately there is the option of private messaging. As with everything, for all the decent folks who use these services, there are also the few who abuse it. Thank you Neil for your reminder. Peggy.

  • An important reminder, Peggy. Mark posts community only. You can also go back and change your setting. All responses under an unlocked post are public, so think about what you say under an unlocked post.

  • Pat, I think you meant community not immunity ;)

    Thanks to frequent reminders by you and others, the difference between the Community and Everyone settings scored the highest awareness in our recent poll :)


  • Even when I proof things auto correct does its thing! Thanks, Neil! Corrected.

  • There is an free upgrade to Windows 3.1... WOW!

  • A bit more on Windows 10:

    How to secure Windows 10: The paranoid's guide (this is more of a high level guide about the new controversial privacy features and how changes in the 13 different privacy setting screens can disable features you might appreciate ; it doesn't go into the details of how to change settings)

    Windows 10 silently uses your bandwidth to send updates to others

    Note that this new feature 'Delivery Optimization' is turned on by default in Windows 10. At no point during the Windows 10 installation process are users asked about this, which means that those with a restricted bandwidth don't get the chance to opt out.


    There are three options: Get and send updates from PCs on your local network and PCs on the internet, just with PCs on your network, or turn the feature off.

    Those on a limited bandwidth connection/data plan might benefit from choosing the second setting if there's more than one Windows 10 device in the household, as the first device to download updates should share them with other Windows 10 devices on the household network. Otherwise, just turn this feature off.

    Finally (it had to happen), There's an app for that (changing Windows10 settings to claw back your privacy):

    The source code for this lightweight, open-source app is available for inspection, but as the article says Use at your own risk!


    (A happy Linux user since 2000)

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