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Old 16. Aug 2015, 08:40 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Good question. It occurred to me too. Don't know if it's true. But if Microsoft did collect that information, perhaps they would have mentioned it... atleast they are that kind of company I guess. Or, someone might caught on it by now.
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Old 16. Aug 2015, 04:39 PM   #32 (permalink)
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can't verify if these tools work, don't have win10 but bgr site is pretty good about their stories
http://bgr.com/2015/08/14/windows-10...privacy-tools/
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Old 16. Aug 2015, 10:20 PM   #33 (permalink)
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An interesting thread about enhancing your privacy on Bleeping Computer forums: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/foru...-your-privacy/.
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Old 17. Aug 2015, 06:07 AM   #34 (permalink)
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Thanks Joe, a pretty useful link.
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Old 17. Aug 2015, 12:22 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Microsoft Can Disable Your Pirated Games;

http://gadgets.ndtv.com/laptops/news...d-games-728129


... or maybe not;

http://www.windowscentral.com/micros...-windows-10-pc
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Old 18. Aug 2015, 08:53 AM   #36 (permalink)
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There are many software appearing nowadays, to stop the privacy in Windows 10. I downloaded a couple of them, after reading about them in different articles. I downloaded Destroy Windows 10 Spying, but it gives no explanation of what it does. I downloaded DoNotSpy10 too, and it seems like a good software, with description of every checkbox.

Still, with these software, you do not know how the operation is being performed. Also, most of the settings can just be changed by the users themselves, by just going into the Privacy settings.

I personally, like to change settings myself, rather than a software do it. I like to know what I am doing, and how.

Besides these software, there are now articles on how to disable telemetry, and how to add Microsoft links to the hosts file in order to disable sending data.

Honestly, all these privacy related articles are making me paranoid, and made me think, is it all really that bad as these articles make it sound like?

I then read this article, shared in this thread by deya earlier:

http://www.windowscentral.com/all-yo...acy-windows-10

To me, this article is an excellent one. It tells you how Microsoft is open about the data it collects, and what it intends to do with it. It also informs about a Microsoft page:

https://choice.microsoft.com/

Where you can opt-out of Microsoft targeted advertising.

I did not know about that link earlier.

The article also talks logically about the privacy settings, and why data collection is necessary for some of them.

All in all, a great article, and it certainly put some peace into my mind about all these privacy issues.

Another such good article is the Lifehacker article, to which I had linked earlier:

http://lifehacker.com/what-windows-1...lly-1722267229

And while I am posting previous links, I would like to post this one again, as it neatly posts about privacy settings, in an organized way, shared by J_L earlier:

https://fix10.isleaked.com/

The article also has simple commands to disable telemetry.

I will encourage everyone to please post such useful links, which are not sensationalists, but rather logical and useful.

BTW, anyone of you ran these software, or made changes in your hosts file according to one of the articles?
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Old 18. Aug 2015, 12:38 PM   #37 (permalink)
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I think the privacy issues are important - very important to be honest, and it's good that it's being discussed here. But there is also much paranoia surrounding Win10, which doesn't help.

That's why I posted the two links in post #35, one kind of contradicts the other. "MS is doing this .... oh hang on, maybe they're not after all." It doesn't help - apart from making more people paranoid 'til they don't know what to think.

It's good that there are people going through the settings, checking what actually is collected and how, posting information as to what to turn off and how to do it. Then it's up to users to adjust their settings as they see fit. The responsibility to set it up is ours alone. Microsoft have made it quite clear what they're doing and, as has been mentioned more than once, they're doing no different to their competitors or various social media sites etc, etc.

The Win10 threads on this forum are great, very helpful. But I knew I'd learn more (for myself) from this one. And I have, to the point where I'll go and buy a Win10 box for my own use with peace of mind and with my eyes wide open - under absolutely no illusion about what will happen if I don't take the time to learn about it and then set it up correctly to my preference.

There are so many people sleuthing away in the background now, checking all this stuff, that if MS put a foot wrong over this data collecting then someone will be down on them like a ton of bricks. That much I do know - and so do MS, obviously.

Again, I'd like to say 'thanks' to all who've contributed to this particular thread so far. It's been hugely enlightening.
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Old 18. Aug 2015, 01:39 PM   #38 (permalink)
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Good post again deya . And yes, I would also like to thank everyone who have contributed to the threads here, and have posted useful information... thank you all .
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Old 18. Aug 2015, 04:40 PM   #39 (permalink)
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Still, with these software, you do not know how the operation is being performed. Also, most of the settings can just be changed by the users themselves, by just going into the Privacy settings.

I personally, like to change settings myself, rather than a software do it. I like to know what I am doing, and how.
I agree with you on both counts Anupam. I guess that is why I haven't tried DoNotSpy10 or any of the others. However, I have gone through every single privacy-related setting and turned them off. It matters not one bit if these settings affect Cortana or Universal apps because I don't use either. Every piece of software I use are desktop programs for which I knowingly allow or deny access to the internet. That is the way it should always be - completely under the user's control.

With all the above said, I know there is nothing on my computer which I'm particularly concerned about privacy-wise. However, the mere fact that someone like Microsoft wants to collect data from my computer is enough to make me balk. I strenuously object to anyone conferring the right upon themselves to collect data from my personal machine to satisfy their own ends, and I reserve the absolute right to seek out and use all means at my disposal to circumvent any such collection mechanism. 'Nuff said.
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Old 18. Aug 2015, 07:52 PM   #40 (permalink)
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Okay guys, you got my blood up. I applied the registry edit and disable the two services as described in this article from WinAero. What's more, I added the entries noted in this Bleeping Computer post to the hosts file. The is only one difference in the way I added the entries - I change the IP addresses from 0.0.0.0 to 127.0.0.1 after reading somewhere that using the former can lead to issues.

I'll see how it goes and report back if anything should go awry.
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