FYI: Win 10 Caveat Emptor Info: Digital Section--Q & A Section Of Today's NY Times (08/27/15)
Q. Is it true that Windows 10 records what I type on the computer? If so, why?
A. By default, Microsoft collects data from your interaction with Windows 10. This includes typing on the keyboard, using spoken commands or writing with a stylus on a tablet or touch-screen computer. As for recording your keystrokes, the company says it does “collect your typed and handwritten words to improve character recognition and provide you with a personalized user dictionary and text completion suggestions.” Some of this collected data is stored on your PC, but some of it is uploaded to Microsoft to help improve those tools.
Along with your typed, scrawled or spoken input, Windows 10 uses information from your Contacts and Calendar programs to “help personalize your experience,” particularly in interacting with the voice-activated Cortana software. Other virtual assistant apps, like Google Now and Apple’s Siri, also need access to your personal information for similar reasons, so Microsoft is not alone. Most apps these days also want to get the location information from your computer or device, for mapping and marketing reasons, so you see geographically relevant ads.
If you chose the “Get going fast” Express settings route over the more hands-on Custom option when you originally set up Windows 10, most of the data-sharing permissions are on by default. However, you can always go back into the system and change things. Keep in mind that by doing so, you may not be able to use some of the Windows 10 apps and services that need access to your information.
To adjust your privacy controls, go to the Start menu and select Settings; you can also press the Windows and I keys to open the Settings box. On the Settings screen, choose Privacy and go through the several categories of listed permissions until you feel more at ease.
Seems a bit "minority report". Allegedly to target advertising by location/interest but data being collated for other reasons.
And????? Tell us something new.
Their attitude is "Google have been doing it, for years, with Android, so...?"
Many companies are going to refuse to update to W10 and are looking at migrating to Linux.
Company data being splurged all over the net? If M$ can access it, you can bet that the nefarious can, too.
I've no argument with you there, Katzy, which is one reason I also tend to be a little wary of cloud storage.....
I've never used it and I never will.
That, simply, is why governments have never tried to shut the net down. They can spy on ANYTHING you do.
Since 1998, it's been mooted that there have been chips, in computers, that log every keystroke and send it off, along with everything else. Indeed, Toshiba got caught out, with that, ages ago.
If I needed to send you something and ensure that nobody else could see it, I've thought of a way of doing it, funnily enough...
It's quote easy, really. I could attach something, here, for you to try to crack, if you fancy a challenge.
A bit more on Windoze privacy......or not!
Trust... For me, that's never existed, between me, M$and Google.
Google don't track me, because I've made it so. M$ don't track me, either. They probably do, when I use my tablet, as that runs Android. But, I only use that to read e-books, anyway.
The thing is, I'm just a "User", to them. But, if I was a company member, who works with sensitive information, which I would never want disclosed to others, the last thing I'd ever use, is the cloud, no matter how great it is, according to M$'s ads. I certainly wouldn't install W10 on my computer system and I'd watch the W7 updates, carefully, too. Or, of course, I'd switch to Linux. But, even then, I wouldn't assume that I'm safe.
Nothing, on the net, is 100% private.
In fact, if I wanted to do something, on my computer, that was 100% private, the first thing I'd do is disconnect it from the net.
For me, the term "Trust" isn't in the internet lexicon, at all.
I tell everyone that, if you want to have a private conversation on the 'net think of it as standing on one side of the main road in your favourite city talking to your friend on the other side of the road. Anybody can hear what you say, very few will listen, one or two might stop and listen and possibly record it for posterity" If it's that secret, if I did "trust" my computer there would be no way that I would be storing it on that machine and I'd be running a drive wipe over it as soon as I'd finished.
That sums it up beautifully.
This possible "workaround" crossed my mind re snoops type intelligence agencies intercepting my emails: IF I wrote an email offline (in any word processing type program), and then made a printscreen image file of its contents, and then attached that image file to an email (file attachment), since all the snoops are using an automated computer system to do the intercepts, i. e., untouched by human hands, would that keep these computers from reading the contents of my email; as far as I know, you need to use OCR tech to read the text in an image; I further presume that while these snoop computers are super-sophisticated, I would wonder if they really could have the capability to distinguish between a printscreen image file and a run of the mill photograph of Aunt Mary (since they both have the same file format).
You'd be surprised what the snoops can do. They can seem to detect other nasty images (child porn - e.g.) so why not text in an image. I suspect that you'd be better off encrypting your data in some way, and then using a VPN to transmit it.
Personally, that sounds like a lot of work, I'd be looking at some form of encryption using something like truecrypt or whatever has replaced it. Even a zip archive with a password inside another zip archive also password protected, might work.
zip it. Password protect that, as you do it.
Delete the extension name.
Rar it, with password protection.
Delete the file extension.
Ace it, with password protection.
Delete the file extension
7zip it, LZX it, LHA it, gz it, KGB it, deleting the extension, as you go. Give it a file extension, when you've finished. Something innocuous, like .png, or summat.
Go as crazy as you like, with that. As long as the recipient knows the filetypes and passwords, they should be pretty safe.
My point perzackerlee!
For secrecy, I'd use the more obscure archivers, like KGB, if I were to do this.
From what I have read, but it might be old, TrueCrypt has still to be broken even though it is no longer supported. Do you know of that one Katzy?
I remember seeing that they advise TrueCrypt users to switch to BitLocker, as TrueCrypt "may contain unfixed security issues".
I've never had the need to encrypt anything, myself. Anyone can watch what I do, online. It doesn't bother me, other than the fact that their shenanigans will affect my bandwidth. So, I can't say whether any way of hiding something is any better than another, with good faith.
This is an area where the old Amiga was way ahead of Winderz. You never had to f@rt about with file extensions, or any of that rubbish. The system knew what the file was, whatever you named it. Always did, right from it's inception.
Installing W10 from scratch. Ok, by now we should all know that for the free upgrade to work you must first perform an in place upgrade and that M$
magically then knows that your machine is allowed to re-install Windoze and activate without having to go through the whole "Load the old OS and then
Upgrade it to W10" process.
Here's the rub!!!! There are two versions of Windoze 10 apart from the 32/64bit difference, you also have "Home" and "Pro". So far, that sounds normal, except, with recent versions of Windoze you could get away with one disk to fix most problems. Not this time! I've just spent a day stuffing around attempting to convince my media server that I can perform clean install as I've already done my in place upgrade and activated it. Problem is, my media server was my only machine running W7 Ultimate which is what caught me out. That version upgrades to W10 Pro, all my other machines were W7 home which upgraded to W10 Home. Be warned You'll need a separate disk for W10 Pro to W10 Home. With W7 I only needed one disk, not this time.
You've convinced me, more, that I'm gonna keep clear of W10.
Here's another issue: Windoze would not let me go past the Partitioning stage until I had unplugged ALL drives including USB drives
except the one to which I was installing Windoze!!!!!! Srtangely enough, though it was happy to let me continue using the USB stick I was installing
Aaaaaarrrrgh! It has now decided that it did not like something else and has decided to cancel my installation!!!!!!! LINUX is starting to look more and more attractive by the day! (and I have issues with getting Linux to do what I need, too)