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Kaspersky calls out Microsoft

Posted by Kevin on November 11, 2016

Readers will know that there are many unhappy Windows 10 contributors on this site. We know we are not alone – but most of us who complain are mere users with voices that don’t carry to Redmond. Now for, as far as I know the first time, an industry leader has publicly said the same […]

Windows 10 privacy concerns are growing

Posted by Kevin on August 3, 2016

We’ve often talked about our concerns over Windows 10 privacy. See these for example: Serving Formal Notice to Microsoft Corporation Falling into the Windows 10 PIT again ‘PIT’, incidentally, stands for ‘privacy invasive techniques’ The agony of indecision – Windows 10 Windows 10 makes Google look like it still does no evil Microsoft’s encryption: a […]

Windows 10 Internet problems

Posted by Rob Slade on July 26, 2016

I should, of course, have known better, but, running ahead of the deadline, I “upgraded” to Windows 10. (I *did*, at least, do some research before I started, and turned off the worst of the privacy issues.) I ran smack into the intermittently reported problem of intermittent Internet connection problems. Some sites I can reach, […]

Serving Formal Notice to Microsoft Corporation

Posted by Martin Zinaich on July 23, 2016

Just three days after my last post on Windows 10 privacy issues, The Chair of the National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) issued a formal notice on Microsoft Corporation to stop collecting excessive data. The formal notice gave Microsoft Corporation three months to comply with the French Data Protection Act. The CNIL found that Microsoft was collecting […]

Falling into the Windows 10 PIT again

Posted by Martin Zinaich on July 17, 2016

In the past, I wrote about Microsoft’s “Asimov” and how it appeared to be running on my Windows 7 machine. I was not participating in the Microsoft Customer Experience Improvement Program but a KB was loaded and producing errors related to that program. I describe such applications as Privacy Invading Technology (PIT). Fast forward to […]

Win10 Update

Posted by Martin Zinaich on November 15, 2015

Microsoft is releasing a new major update for Windows 10. In the list of updates is one for the enterprise that we reported here on Aug 6th. “For Enterprise customers, there is also the ability to turn off all telemetry information. Microsoft advises against this so it can continue to improve the Windows 10 experience, […]

P’raps Microsoft Doesn’t like Google…

Posted by Kevin on October 8, 2015

I’m accusing no-one of nothing – I’m just saying, OK? I didn’t want Windows 10. In fact, I don’t want Microsoft. But I can’t afford Mac, and Linux scares me — so Microsoft it is. And I thought to myself, well, I don’t want Windows 10, but sooner or later I’ll have no choice, so […]

The agony of indecision – Windows 10

Posted by Kevin on August 12, 2015

It’s just sitting there. Mostly it’s being quiet – but every now and again it pops up: ‘Here I am. What are you going to do about me.’ Well I don’t know. Do I install Windows 10 and obey the business logic; or do I ignore it and obey the privacy logic? The Business Logic […]

Windows 10 makes Google look like it still does no evil

Posted by Kevin on August 2, 2015

I have no proof of this because I have done neither analysis nor comparison, but I often feel that the European Commission tends to favour Microsoft over Google. It seems to me that the EC is willing to praise Microsoft (such as over its declaration that European data will stay on European servers even though […]

ITsecurity Daily News: 10/02/2014

Posted by Kevin on October 2, 2014

The ITsecurity daily security briefing: Thursday, October 2, 2014. If you find this security briefing useful, please spread the word via social media. If you have any comments or recommendations, please email kevtownsend at gmail dot com. News Papers/Reports WebThings Events M&A Alerts News As of yesterday you can now back-up your CDs and play […]