Monday, August 10, 2015

Win 10: The Spy in Your PC

Rather surprising, given all that we've learned about computer security.  Windows 10 is one great big giant hunk of burning spyware.

Microsoft's service agreement is a monstrous 12,000 words in length, about the size of a novella. And who reads those, right? Well, here's one excerpt from Microsoft's terms of use that you might want to read:
We will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to.

The good news is you can opt out of that feature, but the bad news is it defaults to on.

And there's MORE!!

...Cortana proves problematic because it has access to your camera and microphone, and more importantly, it has access to your contacts, calendar, and probably all of your documents. You can turn this off in the Speech applet.Next, the new Edge browser has its own share of new problems. Its integrated PDF and Adobe Flash reader has raised some alarms at Trend Micro. Trend is also concerned about the support for asm.js, a JavaScript subset from Mozilla that has been attacked before...

Nice, eh?  Of course, the system is "free."  So for those of you who think "Free is good," go for it.  Microsoft will be selling YOU, not its system.

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