July 29, 2015

Windows 10: A Potential Privacy Mess, and Worse

Blog Update (31 July 2015): Windows 10's New Feature Steals Your Internet Bandwidth

I had originally been considering accepting Microsoft's offer of a free upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10. After all, reports have suggested that it's a much more usable system than Windows 8/8.1 -- but of course in keeping with the "every other MS release of Windows is a dog" history, that's a pretty low bar.

However, it appears that MS has significantly botched their deployment of Windows 10. I suppose we shouldn't be surprised, even though hope springs eternal.

Since there are so many issues involved, and MS is very aggressively pushing this upgrade, I'm going to run through key points here quickly, and reference other sites' pages that can give you more information righ lly, really, really wants you to use -- and of course that the vast majority of users will blithely accept. To put it another way, in this context I trust Microsoft about as far as I could throw a heavy old steel-cased 1980s PC.

Being careful with your data isn't just a Microsoft thing. My views of Microsoft and Google are pretty much diametrically opposed -- I have enormous faith in Google and Googlers doing the right thing with respect to protecting the data I share with them, but even in the case of Google -- with whom I share a great deal of data -- I'm selective about what I do share.

That's just common sense no matter whom you're dealing with, whether individuals, corporations, or other organizations.

The upshot of all this is that while we can all agree that "free" is often good, there's a lot to think about before accepting Microsoft's heavily promoted upgrade to Windows 10, and we all need to approach this decision with our eyes very wide open, indeed.

Be seeing you.

I have consulted to Google, but I am not currently doing so.
All opinions expressed here are mine alone.

Blog Update (31 July 2015): Windows 10's New Feature Steals Your Internet Bandwidth

Posted by Lauren at July 29, 2015 01:59 PM | Permalink
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