Recently windows 10 is launched and i have been seeing everywhere on social media people are sharing their snaps and feelings about happiness with windows 10. As windows 10 is free to upgrade, people have upgraded to windows 10 without seeing or reading anything. All they need is something new. Of course we all need.
But there is something which all users don’t know actually what they are sacrificing. It’s “Privacy”. So i am writing this article to let you know that you should not upgrade to Windows 10 if you want to maintain your privacy.
Windows 10 is really free ?
Answer cannot be in single word. Yes it’s free to upgrade from your windows 7 or windows 8/8.1 ! Or if you want to download fresh windows 10 iso file.
Download Windows 10 ISO : https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
Windows 10 may be free, But Privacy is priceless.
By default, when signing into Windows with a Microsoft account, Windows syncs some of your settings and data with Microsoft servers, for example “web browser history, favorites, and websites you have open” as well as “saved app, website, mobile hotspot, and “Wi-Fi network names and passwords”.
“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 enforce the terms governing the use of the services”.
Microsoft basically grants itself very broad rights to collect everything you do, say and write with and on your devices in order to sell more targeted advertising or to sell your data to third parties. The company appears to be granting itself the right to share your data either with your consent “or as necessary”.
let’s see what Microsoft privacy statement says :
We collect Personal Data
Microsoft collects data to operate effectively and provide you the best experiences with our services. You provide some of this data directly, such as when you create a Microsoft account, submit a search query to Bing, speak a voice command to Cortana, upload a document to OneDrive, or contact us for support. We get some of it by recording how you interact with our services by, for example, using technologies like cookies, and receiving error reports or usage data from software running on your device. We also obtain data from third parties (including other companies).
How We use your personal Data
Microsoft uses the data we collect to provide you the services we offer, which includes using data to improve and personalize your experiences. We also may use the data to communicate with you, for example, informing you about your account, security updates and product information. And we use data to help make the ads we show you more relevant to you. However, we do not use what you say in email, chat, video calls or voice mail, or your documents, photos or other personal files to target ads to you.
Sharing personal Data
We share your personal data with your consent or as necessary to complete any transaction or provide any service you have requested or authorized. We also share data with Microsoft-controlled affiliates and subsidiaries, with vendors working on our behalf, when required by law or to respond to legal process, to protect our customers, to protect lives, to maintain the security of our services, and to protect the rights or property of Microsoft.
There are many other things you can read on : Microsoft Privacy Statement
Now let’s take a look at Microsoft New feature Cortana and their hidden stuffs :
One of Windows 10’s most promoted features is Cortana, Microsoft’s intelligent personal assistant that helps users carry out a range of tasks using voice recognition technology. Cortana was previously available as a beta and alpha on Windows Phone, but Windows 10 marks its full roll out for both PC and mobile users.
It goes on to explain that Microsoft collects and uses data from calendars, apps, emails, text messages, phone calls, contacts and browsing history, as well as device location and usage behaviour around music, alarm settings and internet purchases.
Enable Cortana to provide personalized experiences and relevant suggestions, Microsoft collects and uses various types of data, such as your device location, data from your calendar, the apps you use, data from your emails and text messages, who you call, your contacts and how often you interact with them on your device.
Solution : Disable Cortana
Those who do upgrade to Windows 10 should strongly consider disabling these features before the new terms come into effect this Saturday, or otherwise allow Microsoft to collect – and sometimes sell or otherwise giveaway – sensitive data without consent.
Windows 10 generates a unique advertising ID
Yes, you hear it right ! Windows 10 generates a unique advertising ID for each user on each device. That can be used by developers and ad networks to profile you and serve commercial content. Like data sync, you can turn this off in the Setting menu > Privacy> general > Change privacy option.
There are many more things you should know about windows 10. All these privacy are going to apply from 1 august 2015.
Note : There are options in Windows 10 where you can change little privacy settings. Check How to change privacy in Windows 10. But You really think it will turn it off ? I don’t think so.
I am leaving some links below where you can get more information about windows 10 privacy. I recommended you to read it.
Microsoft Privacy statement : https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/privacystatement/default.aspx
Windows 10 Privacy Issues : http://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2015/07/29/wind-nos/
Windows 10 Privacy Settings : http://www.cnet.com/how-to/windows-10-settings-menu-the-privacy-tab/
Microsoft Service agreement : https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/servicesagreement/default.aspx
How your personal data can be abused : https://edri.org/microsofts-new-small-print-how-your-personal-data-abused/
Again i should say think twice before jumping in windows 10. Let me know your views about windows 10 below in comments.