Animebryan wrote: ↑
Sun May 03, 2020 12:34 pm
Ness-Wednesday wrote: ↑
Sun May 03, 2020 11:18 am
Once I switched to Windows 10, I never touched the Legacy editor again.
And now, Microsoft receives constant data feedback from your computer now since Windows 10 is a spyware OS which falls into the NSA's narrative of collecting everyone's data. Not only that, but Windows 10 can delete files & programs off of your computer if it considers it 'pirated software' (whatever MS's definition of that is, I wonder), all without the user's permission. This is why I never upgraded past Windows 7. Best one they ever made before the NSA's BS!
So, because you sound like a conspiracy theorist in this post, I looked into these statements and tried to find some sources backing them... unsuccessfully.
1) "Windows receives constant data feedback from your computer now"
- Windows has a cloud feature that allows you to resume your current Windows session on another device. This "Active History" feature stores data about your app usage, and can be disabled (scroll down to the "Update" section https://www.tomsguide.com/us/microsoft- ... 28834.html
- Windows 10 has two tracking types. The "full" tracking that does the above, and the "basic" one that does the below. Both can be turned off.
- Most software has automatic tracking built in for purposes of tracking unexpected behaviour. Microsoft's operating systems are no different. Windows 7 also tracks things you do for various optimization features. See: https://www.techradar.com/news/computin ... es-1029906
- Whether you think that a file on your pc knowing what software you frequently use to start it more quickly is privacy infringement is up to you. However, I don't see what's evil about it. The files are on your machine, so other people could only access them if you were hacked, which can happen on any operating system due to your own carelessness. On Windows 7 it becomes ever more likely since it no longer receives security updates.
- Worth noting is Cortana. Cortana (which also can be disabled completely through the settings) is identical to a predictive keyboard on a smartphone. It includes a neural network that tracks your input patterns so that it can better predict things to your need. Does this mean Microsoft is reading your search history? No, only Cortana, local to your machine.
2) The NSA and Windows
- All I could find about the NSA and Windows is that the NSA reported about a security risk in the operating system in 2016 that has been fixed quickly afterwards.
3) Windows can delete files off your computer that it thinks is pirated software
- Yes and no. This is more correlation than causation. Let me explain:
- Windows has a preinstalled antivirus called Windows Defender. It's a pretty good antivirus, because it often stays out of your way and doesn't behave like a virus like some of its antivirus colleagues. Much like any other antivirus, Windows Defender is capable of quarantining or removing software it deems malicious. This comes down to detecting anomalies within a file's code that point to a security risk when running them. Just like with other antivirus, this can lead to false positives (see: SMBX2 and SMBX38A).
For more info: https://www.easeus.com/file-recovery/st ... sking.html
4) Windows 7 good
- I already mentioned the security flaws earlier
- Your options regarding tracking features haven't changed between Windows 7 and Windows 10
- Windows 10 won't be replaced by a newer OS
- Expect software to start abandoning support for deprecated operating systems like Windows 7
tl;dr: think of windows tracking like a game tracking your high score in each level, or tracking your performance to propose an adaptive difficulty adjustment, or your mail client asking about sending a crash report whenever something goes wrong