Initially ones first thought might be; “the devil is in the details.” First impressions are everything, and getting this free version of Windows could actually cost many people their privacy, if they are not careful. Windows 10 deceptively looks to get over on users in the initial install configuration. Let me explain a little.
After the initial installation is complete, the user is greeted by a configuration page where the user is given 2 choices on how to configure Windows 10. Option #1, (oh so sneaky), is a colorful button that says “Simple & Easy”. Option #2, is below that sneaky button, it’s a little text link that says “customize”. This is the point where Windows 10 will probably get over on many unsuspecting users. Do you think that Microsoft intended it to be this way? LOL!
Well let’s look into the details of this by examining the options available, if one were to click on the little “customize text link”. Pictured below you can see the Customize Settings Personalization setup page. Please note that in the image all the settings have been changed, from ON to OFF!
1. Personalize your speech, typing, and inking input by sending contacts and calendar details, along with other associated input data to Microsoft.
2. Send typing and inking data to Microsoft to improve the recognition and suggestion platform.
3. Let apps use your advertising ID for experiences across apps.
4. Let Windows and apps request your location, including location history, and send Microsoft and trusted partners some location data to improve locations services.
If Microsoft is not trustworthy, what might their trusted partners be like?
Next Page: Again note that 4 out of the 5 options have been turned from ON to OFF!
1. Browser and protection
Use SmartScreen online services to help protect against malicious content and downloads in sites loaded by Windows browsers and Store apps.
2. Use page prediction to improve reading, speed up browsing, and make your overall experience better in Windows browsers. Your browsing data will be sent to Microsoft.
3. Connectivity and error reporting
Automatically connect to suggested open hotspots. Not all networks are secure.
4. Automatically connect to networks shared by your contacts.
5. Send error and diagnostic information to Microsoft.
Do you hear alarm bells going off yet? If the initial setup is configured deceptively, one might wonder what other areas of the program are up to. Did you notice how many of these Windows 10 options are sending data or information to Microsoft? If you do not click the customize link, but instead click the colorful “Simple & Easy” button, how do you think your privacy might end up?
It seems that this may just be the tip of the iceberg. Once you finally get to the Windows 10 desktop there is another world to discover which is full of advertising and other gotchas. What is the deal with all this, one might ask? Apparently Windows is no longer lucrative for Microsoft, with most installs coming on new devices. So Microsoft has decided to venture into different realms, to sell apps among other things, and to get users to the Microsoft websites to increase their web presence as well as marketing capabilities.
Spyware has hit a new plateau, however, if you have already installed Windows 10 you can still change the Windows 10 privacy options settings. Open the Start menu and select ‘Settings’, Then Click or Tap ‘Privacy’. This will bring you to the ‘Change privacy options’ settings configuration page.
From here you can begin to get your privacy back, but please note that after the general privacy settings, there are location settings, camera settings, microphone settings, and many more! Oh joy, what a grand list of features to explore. It would be wise to for you to personally check these settings individually, so that you know what is going on behind your monitors screen!
Oh, and by the way, for Hotmail, MSN, & Outlook users, your email preferences are already being determined for you by “SmartScreen”. Microsoft is choosing what they feel you want to read, or what they want you to read. I wonder, which one might that be? They then put all the other email in the spam folder, which is not really spam, it’s now manipulated email with some spam mixed in.