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Windows 10 privacy and security issues

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The new Microsoft Windows 10 has already been released with a whole new privacy statement and services agreement. Although users quickly accept the new terms and conditions when installing the new Windows, it is essential to know the little things regarding privacy.

It has been reported that some “unsettling” Windows 10 privacy and security issues are evolving, and users should know how serious these issues are and how will they impact buyers.

The first Windows 10 privacy issue is the syncing of data by default. This is how it happens: whenever you sign in to the operating system with your Microsoft account, Windows instantly and automatically synchronize your data and setting to Microsoft’s servers. The data that the company collects include your browser history, favorites, the websites you’ve currently opened, your saved passwords for websites, apps, hotspots and WiFi. Users can turn off the automatic syncing feature, but most users are not completely aware of it. And even if they’re aware of it, some users won’t turn it off!

The second Windows 10 security issue lies in the virtual assistant that has become one of the most important features of Windows 10 – Cortana. This virtual assistant has its own privacy issues, most of which are rationally difficult to ignore, especially if you want the virtual assistant to give you suggestions, customization, and insights related to your activity.

In order to support Cortana, the company gathers and uses information such as your browser and search history, your location, information about the applications you use, information from your calendar, data from text messages and emails, and information about your contacts including who you call and communicate with in your device. Since this virtual assistant also examines speech, Microsoft also gathers information such as your voice input, name, nickname, recent events and names of significant people, and even the nicknames of your contacts.

There are some other issues as well that are less apparent to users. The updated privacy policy and services agreement also give Microsoft the right to collect 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.’”

Since Microsoft creates and assigns a unique advertising ID for every single user so that “advertisers will know exactly who you are” and the networks and developers both can recognize you. Moreover, when the encryption is activated or turned on, the new Windows automatically encrypts the drive on which it is installed, creates a recovery key and makes a back-up of the key in your OneDrive account.

Finally, it has been reported that users should be more concerned regarding the new privacy statement of the company as “it is very loose when it comes to when it will or will not access and disclose your personal data.”