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Privacy takes a backseat in Windows 8

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 01:21 PM

In yet another instance of we don't care about your privacy. Microsoft's latest OS, Windows 8 will tattle back to Redmond on you.

From: Gizmodo.com article: Windows 8 Tells Microsoft About Everything You Install, Not Very Securely by Nadim Kobeissi Aug 24, 2012

Microsoft knows everything we install on our Windows 8 devices.

Windows 8 has a new featured called Windows SmartScreen, which is turned on by default. Windows SmartScreen's purpose is to "screen" every single application you try to install from the Internet in order to inform you whether it's safe to proceed with installing it or not. Here's how SmartScreen works:

1. You download any application from the Internet. Say, the Tor Browser Bundle.

2. You open the installer. Windows SmartScreen gathers some identifying information about your application, and sends the data to Microsoft.

3. If Microsoft replies saying that the application is not signed with a proper certificate, the user gets an error that looks something like this.

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 10:56 PM

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 10:05 AM

WOW .. I honestly have to say .. not a huge Windows fan .. but Windows 8 (from the Developer's release) I was impressed .. however after reading this .. I'm not so sure. I will assume (because it says turn on by default) that it is a setting that you can turn off (I hope)

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 02:32 PM

From reading the article: I can't see where it says it records your user name, PC name or anything other than details about the app. You give a lot more information away when using mobile app stores, and the new Windows Store, as your ID is saved with every download.

I also think that having a screening filter is a good thing - so long as you can override it if you really want to, or disable it completely - and the only way to impliment a decent screening system is to check with a webservice first.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 03:55 PM

Nothing to worry. Security products like Eset and Zonealarm are doing it for some time now.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 04:39 PM

I think this will help the "average" computer user to not download malware. The main people this will annoy are the people using pirated software or anything illegal. Besides anyone who does anything illegal will probably be savy enough to know about this problem and turn it off and hide their tracks. I really don't see the problem, because it doesn't say personal information is sent either. Besides I am not planning on upgrading to windows 8 unless they stop selling windows 7 (which won't happen for a long time).

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 01:54 PM

A new reason for me to use Windows 7 and not Windows 8...

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 11:55 PM

And this surprises anyone why?



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