MS-Windows Privacy and Computer Security  

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  You can't disable Cortana spyware after the MS-Windows 10 Anniversary Update!
  • About The MS-Windows 10 Anniversary Update
    • Business Insider - Microsoft will now force you to use its favorite Windows 10 feature, whether you like it or not!  
    • Computerworld - Cortana: The spy in Windows 10  
    • Extreme Tech - Cortana can’t be disabled in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.  
    • Geek.com - Windows 10 Anniversary Update won’t let you turn off Cortana.  
    • PCWorld - You can't turn off Cortana in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.  

  Microsoft Updates Spy On MS-Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 Users! 
  •  Just When You Thought It Was Safe...
    • Arstechnica's viewpoint on the issue.
    • Hackbusters reports Microsoft releases updates to spy On Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 Users
    • Infoworld: Windows 7, 8, and 10: Now all collecting user data for Microsoft.
    • TechWorm reports new Windows 7/8/8.1 updates spy on you just like Windows 10 

  • What Can Be Done To Protect or Restore Privacy?
    • Extreme Tech - Uninstall Microsoft backported privacy-invading Windows 10 features in Windows 7 and 8.
    • Hackread's solution offering a list of updates to avoid and uninstall.
    • Disable automatic Windows updates. Your old OS already has the important ones!
  MS-Windows 10 - It's no longer the OS you know & love!

  • Are you now using MS-Windows 10 and wish to reclaim as much privacy as possible?
    • Some excellent thoughts on Microsoft's Windows 10 and how to protect yourself. This information comes from a former Microsoft employee. This is a "must watch" for anyone considering MS-Windows 10. Be sure to view the entire video. It's a shame one must do all this without achieving the level of privacy Linux has right out of the box!
    • Is MS-Windows 10 really free?  There is no free lunch. The real price of MS-Windows 10.
    • "Microsoft’s Windows 10 is a privacy nightmare." Here's how to protect yourself.
    • The Windows 10 privacy issues you should know about.
    • "Windows 10 doesn’t offer much privacy by default." Here’s how to fix most of it.
    • More about Windows 10 built-in spyware
  • Here's a final thought for your consideration:
    • How long will it be before identity thieves exploit the numerous back doors put into MS-Windows 10 by Microsoft? What, if anything, can be done about it?
  Potential Solutions To Modern Privacy Problems    July 23, 2016

    • Android (Google)
      • Not the best choice. Here is a guide to Android's security risks.
      • A few examples of the dubious behavior common in the Android world:
        • Why does a simple game require permission to access your address book before it will run?
        • Why do some Android software makers pay for expensive TV ads to promote their free applications?
    • Chromium & Google Chrome OS
      • Here's a tour of Google Chrome OS. The affordable Chrome netbooks perform most tasks people want. (limited privacy)  
      • Chromium OS provides a more secure experience for people who spend a lot of time on-line.
      • Chromium OS is open source and not the same as Google's proprietary Chrome OS.
      • A similar distinction exists between Chromium and Google Chrome web browsers.
      • Both Chromium and Google Chrome are reported to work well on slower hardware.
    • FreeBSD
      • FreeBSD is a high performance UNIX─like open source OS for desktop and server use that will do the job.
      • FreeBSD runs on many hardware platforms. (A whole lot, really!)
      • Over 25 years in development with over 20,000 applications available.
      • More information about FreeBSD can be found here.
    • GNU/Linux
      • Another excellent option. The open source nature of GNU/Linux allows anyone to inspect source code for malware.
      • From Ubuntu's Mark Shuttleworth: "No Back Doors; No Weakening of Encryption." This level of privacy and security is common to all open source operating systems.
      • The world's most private and secure Linux OS and web browser! It's used globally by diplomats, journalists, military organizations, businesses and individuals seeking anonymity. Security is extended beyond the CPU box to the web.
    • MAC OS
      • This UNIX based OS is now very questionable. Read these articles and decide for yourself.
    • Microsoft Windows
      • Just kidding! ...ducking, running and hiding now. ➙ George
    • UNIX
      • Can be expensive, but will easily do the job. Learn more.
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