Protect Yourself Against Windows 10 Privacy Issues
Windows 10 is finally here and thousands of PC users from around the world have upgraded their earlier Windows versions in the past couple of months. Experts agree that this is by far the best version of Windows, but this doesn’t mean that we should relax and neglect the possible threats especially when it comes to our privacy.
1. Cortana is able to monitor your voice commands
In case you have not heard, Cortana is one of the main reasons why so many people love the latest Windows 10. This is a personalized digital assistant very similar to Siri and Google Now. This is surely something exciting and this feature can ease the work on your PC. However, what can turn to be a great problem is the privacy of data. If you want to get relevant suggestions and improve your user experience, Cortana must gather different data including your current location, information from your calendar, data found in your apps, text messages, emails, calls etc. In addition, Microsoft and Cortana are focused on learning more about your habits – the way you use the device and how frequently you use some other Microsoft applications and services.
2. Microsoft can reveal your data
In addition, they will also preserve your personal data like emails, private communications and files that are stored in private folders. Of course, this is only possible only when they feel that “this is for your own good or to protect their product”. Microsoft defends this paragraph by saying that private data might contain evidence of crimes and they had to point out this because this is what the law requires.
3. The encryption key you get is sent to the OneDrive account without a permission
If you think about this, you will realize that this is actually quite useful feature. However, you might experience certain problems if OneDrive gets hacked. If the encryption on your device is on, Windows will encrypt the drive and produce a recovery key by default. This recovery key is sent on your OneDrive account without any permission.
4. Advertisers have access to your activity
This is another concern among IT security experts. When you become a Windows 10 user, the program makes an original ID for advertising purposes. This ID is available to advertising networks and application developers. In other words, other parties can send you ads based on your private data. They will be able to show targeted ads related to your current location, frequent search terms, content you view etc. It works in a similar way like Google ads or social media ads. Those who don’t want to view these ads can turn off this feature in settings.
5. Automatic browser history synchronization