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Windows 10

Dear friends,

Since so many people own a PC, I thought you might like to read and listen to this:

What Microsoft Does NOT Want You To Know About Windows 10
Written by: Daniel Jennings Current Events June 10, 2016

Windows 10 could be a major threat to your privacy, and
Microsoft is trying to force you to use it whether you
want it or not.

In fact, if you use Windows 7 or 8, Microsoft could
automatically update you to Windows 10 and begin tracking
your every move.

“Microsoft openly stated that pervasive data collection
will be present in any Windows version starting from
Windows 10, and as a host of research on the Internet
shows, this data collection cannot be disabled using
official means,” tech expert Artem S. Tashkinov wrote
at itvision.altervista.org.
The default settings for Windows 10 allow Microsoft to
track every website you visit, every purchase you make,
and every word you type into the search engine. It even
allows Microsoft to track your physical location.
Microsoft makes upgrading to the operating system tempting
by making it free – at least until July 29.
Discover How To Become Invisible In Today’s Surveillance State!
Microsoft uses all of this data and interaction in several ways:
• Offering users targeted ads.
• Guiding users to its Windows Store.
• Funneling users to the search page Bing, which it owns.

None of this is done with the current versions of Windows.
(Windows 10 also can drain your battery if you own an older laptop.)
Fortunately, there are some ways to block Windows 10’s
data collection and even to go back to Windows 7 or Windows 8 if you want.

Don’t Use Express Settings

Many users may not realize that the version of Windows 10
that automatically installs employs the so-called Express
Settings. These automatically share a wide variety of
information with Microsoft, including location and browser
data, TechRadar reported. You can avoid these by picking
“Custom Settings” for the install.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rczgCmoNSSE#t=73 9:34

If you’ve already installed Windows 10 using the Express
Settings, then you can reverse Microsoft actions under
the Privacy Settings in the control panel. For example,
one setting asks if you want to “let apps use my advertising
ID, send Microsoft Info about how I write, and let websites
provide locally relevant content.” If this is on, both
Microsoft and advertisers can collect data from your computer.

Other Problems With Windows 10

IT Pro reported that some of the Window 10 apps can take
control of your camera and microphone and collect account
information unless you turn them off.

You should also make sure that Wi-Fi Sense is off. If this
feature is turned on, it could share your Wi-Fi passwords
with routers, PC World reported. To turn Wi-Fi Sense off,
go to Settings in the start menu, click on Network & Internet,
then Manage Wi-Fi Settings, and chose what Wi-Fi you want
to use. Turning off the hotspot keeps the computer from
broadcasting your information.

Uninstalling Windows 10

Uninstalling Windows 10 and going back to Windows 8.1 or 7
is actually fairly easy – if you do it within 30 days.
Visit Settings, find the Update & Security icon and click
Recovery. You should see an option to “Go to Back to Windows
7” or “go back to Windows 8.1.” Click the right icon.
If it has been over a month since you added Windows 10,
you will have to do a “clean install.” That will eliminate
everything on your hard drive. Make sure you have all of
your files on cloud storage or an external drive first.


Arlene Johnson
To access my work, click on the icon that says Magazine.
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