In case you are a windows user, I recommend you switch to a better operating system. And in case you do not switch, at least stick with windows 7. I said no to windows a long time ago, and today I say no, if anyone asks me for help with Windows 10.
Let’s start with how Microsoft handles the upgrade. First you see a notification to upgrade. You don’t want to? Tough luck, you cannot delete the upgrade icon and the underlying program. The only thing you can do is to hide the obnoxious notification. That already shows you, what Microsoft thinks about choice. You don’t have one.
Next reason, like Apple with its operating system, Windows 10 pulls you into the cloud.
No, you will not be on cloud number 9. You will be in the Microsoft cloud. And so will all your data. And the data of your contacts!
How safe is the data there? Not at all. For example, after the cracking of Hacking Team, people found so called 0-Day exploits, security holes, which Hacking Team was using. Two exploits were against Adobe’s flash player. Quickly, Firefox blocked the use of flashplayer, until the holes were closed through updates. That took about a week. Another exploit was using a hole in Windows 32bit. It took Microsoft much longer to patch that hole. Being less safe than with Adobe is a joke.
Summing up these 45 pages, one can say that Microsoft basically grants itself very broad rights to collect everything you do, say and write with and on your devices in order to sell more targeted advertising or to sell your data to third parties. The company appears to be granting itself the right to share your data either with your consent “or as necessary”.
By default, when signing into Windows with a Microsoft account, Windows syncs some of your settings and data with Microsoft servers, for example “web browser history, favorites, and websites you have open” as well as “saved app, website, mobile hotspot, and Wi-Fi network names and passwords”. Users can however deactivate this transfer to the Microsoft servers by changing their settings.
Please note, wifi names and passwords isn’t YOUR data. That is other people’s data. But it gets worse:
More problematic from a data protection perspective is however the fact that Windows generates a unique advertising ID for each user on a device. This advertising ID can be used by third parties, such as app developers and advertising networks for profiling purposes.
Also, when device encryption is on, Windows automatically encrypts the drive Windows is installed on and generates a recovery key. The BitLocker recovery key for the user’s device is automatically backed up online in the Microsoft OneDrive account.
Microsoft’s updated terms also state that they collect basic information “from you and your devices, including for example “app use data for apps that run on Windows” and “data about the networks you connect to.”
Users who chose to enable Microsoft’s personal assistant software “Cortana” have to live with the following invasion to their privacy: “To enable Cortana to provide personalized experiences and relevant suggestions, Microsoft collects and uses various types of data, such as your device location, data from your calendar, the apps you use, data from your emails and text messages, who you call, your contacts and how often you interact with them on your device. Cortana also learns about you by collecting data about how you use your device and other Microsoft services, such as your music, alarm settings, whether the lock screen is on, what you view and purchase, your browse and Bing search history, and more.” But this is not all, as this piece of software also analyses undefined “speech data”: “we collect your voice input, as well your name and nickname, your recent calendar events and the names of the people in your appointments, and information about your contacts including names and nicknames.”
Update: Someone made a great graphic of all of it, here: https://i.imgur.com/iHge6RJ.jpg
If all that does not bother you, then I will not help you.
And I would prefer to not have any contact with you. Because having contact with you means, you are selling my data to Microsoft, and everybody Microsoft wants to sell them to. Which makes you a pimp, in the best of cases.
If you want to switch to Linux on the other hand, feel free to let us know. We’ll help you, if we can.
The choice is yours.