Your Privacy And Windows 10

The Big Brother Complex

They say you can tell something is rotten either by smell or seeing worms crawling out.

Harry Potter

For those that have not tried the latest OS Windows 10 and to those that either intentionally dipped their feet in the ice cold water or by the trickery of Windows Update, there is an unseen force not unlike dementors hunting its prey, sucking every drop of life you have.

How many of you actually read the complete EULA on any software you install on your PC?

What you need to know about the hidden ghost that lurks invading your privacy. Is it paranoia or company bias that is fueling this feud?

For the past few months, there have been reports that the new shiny OS known as Windows 10 has deleted files on users systems, According to one user Krzysztof Piotrowicz stated that his entire Document folder along with is Desktop files have been deleted.

Even the Subreddit within Reddit is cautioning people from using Windows 10, in fact, the title of this is, iTS bans users using Windows 10?

So what part of the EULA is fueling this legit claim or paranoia?

“We may automatically check your version of the software and download software updates or configuration changes, including those that prevent you from accessing the Services, playing counterfeit games, or using unauthorized hardware peripheral devices.”

That’s one part of it, According to an article by, Benjie Sambas titled, The Pirate Bay update: site tackled by Windows 10? there is a passage that might be of concern to some.

According to VCPost, it was reported that Microsoft is joining the copyrights movement by offering a more strict security system for Windows 10. Those who have already upgraded to the new platform will not have access to torrent sites, as Microsoft will reportedly actively block The Pirate Bay, Kickass Torrents and other file-sharing websites. The report also indicated that some fans have pointed out that their torrent files mysteriously disappeared after upgrading to Windows 10. Microsoft is silent on this issue.

According to Sebastian Anthony in hie article, Windows 10 doesn’t offer much privacy by default: Here’s how to fix it at the very bottom of this article after showing all the needed steps to try and protect your privacy, you would read this,” Finally, it’s worth pointing out that these are just the visible config flags; without some packet-level analysis, it’s hard to say exactly what data is being sent back to Microsoft, and by which service. As one commenter pointed out, even after they disabled Cortana and turned off a bunch of privacy-related settings, the search box still seemed to be sending keystroke data back to Microsoft.”

Also to point out within the same article, it seems as though Windows 10 has indeed become a file transfer protocol behind the seens no unlike the old BBS days sharing files between each PC. Here is the passage “Another feature that you might want to disable is Windows 10’s BitTorrent-like update sharing: by default, your Windows 10 PC will upload Windows update files to other PCs on the Internet, peer-to-peer style. Open the Settings app and navigate to Update & Security > Windows Update > Advanced Options > Choose how updates are delivered. From here, you can disable this feature fully, or restrict it to just other PCs on the LAN.”

And a video for your viewing delight, 7-minutes, and 12-seconds in lenght going over the EULA.



11 thoughts on “Your Privacy And Windows 10

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  1. This is the only reason I’ve dragged my feet on upgrading my computer…they will want to install Windows 10, and I want no part of it. I like my Windows 7 and want to keep it! I felt the same way when windows XP was destroyed for Windows Vista, and we all remember how successful that was, LOL

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  2. Well, I don’t expect MS to offer a full upgrade for free, data mining is going to be a part of it, just like it’s a part of Google’s set of services. I haven’t noticed any torrent errors or file deletions or blocked sites and I’ve been using Win10 for about 3 months or so. That file sharing was a little shifty though, thanks for pointing it out. I’ve changed that setting. 🙂


  3. Michael, have you done any tips or write up on Macs? After years of working on a PC, I’ve moved on to a Mac book pro. and it was like learning to use a computer all over again. The transition wasn’t as difficult as I had imagined, but sometimes I do miss my old PC.


  4. I didn’t know this, although I’ve not had issues with any of this(my husband probably turned off those settings for me as he messed around with my computer after the upgrade). All my files remain and I can still get on various websites.


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