September 03, 2015

Microsoft out-googling Google

Yeah, it's been a while but... this is important for anybody who values their privacy. I've come across an article by Martin Brinkmann at ghacks.net "Microsoft intensifies data collection on Windows 7 and 8 systems".

For anyone concerned with the growing 'data hunger' inside the IT industry (yeah, I'm looking at you, Google...), the above article is a must-read. If you're a Microsoft user, you're doubtlessly aware that the next gen of MS operating system, Win 10, is being offered as a 'free upgrade' to all Win 7 & 8 users.

Frankly, when the details of Win 10 were discovered by me, I should have updated this blog to inform anybody stumbling across my humble site about the profound change in Microsoft's attitude towards it's users. A good start would be this excellent article: "Windows 10 and Privacy". IMHO, Win 10 is an OS that would have gotten the 'Seal of Approval' by any infamous internal security agency (like the GESTAPO or the KGB).

In my opinion, Win 10 crosses the line from 'operating system' to outright spyware. And, not content with constantly looking over your shoulder, Win 10 also (eventually) wants you to 'log in with a smile'... that's their current 'shiny happy' advertising. In case you haven't connected the dots yet, the above phrase implies facial biometrics... another growing tool in state security systems (I'll set my misgivings about that subject for another time).

So, Win 10 is the complete system for any Police State© wannabes out there; the only missing ingredient is a total disregard for the Bill of Rights... waitaminute... I think that fence has already been torched by the glorious regime of King Barack the First.

BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!!! Not content with Win 10, Microsoft is quietly installing tracking widgets on your Win 7 & 8 machines that mirror Win 10's 'I'm watching you' aspect. Given that there's 75 million users of Microsoft's OS, most of whom, blindly allow system updates (and yeah, I was one of those folks until I knew better), perhaps this post will change the way you look at your computer.

And perhaps switch to one of the independent, open-source OS's out there... I know I will once Win 7 (which I like) is unsupported, like my late, and lamented, XP desktop system.

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