Is Your Privacy Threatened In Windows 10?

Ivan Jenic
by Ivan Jenic
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We live in the age when our privacy is the more vulnerable than ever and we’re in the constant fear if somebody is watching what we are doing on the internet. In prior to that, we’re becoming more and more skeptical of the new products that big companies are offering to us, and Microsoft’s Technical Preview of Windows 10 is not an exception. 
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Does Windows 10 attend to your personal privacy or it has privacy policy issues?

When Microsoft released Windows 10 Technical Preview this fall, they also presented the new Privacy Policy to go along with the operating system. The new Privacy Policy states that Microsoft will use certain methods to collect information about software’s performance and bugs, in order to make the final release of Windows 10 as reliable as possible.

“When you acquire, install and use the Program, Microsoft collects information about you, your devices, applications and networks, and your use of those devices, applications and networks,” the privacy policy stated. “Examples of data we collect include your name, email address, preferences and interests; browsing, search and file history; phone call and SMS data; device configuration and sensor data; and application usage.”

Microsoft provided four examples, one of which clearly states that when entering text into any application, Microsoft may collect those typed characters. Why? So that the company can fine-tune the spell check and auto-complete features. Again, the Technical Preview is not ideal on machines used for everyday purposes unless users don’t care about this “character collection.”

But this Privacy Statement and Microsoft’s method of collecting personal information have disturbed a lot of users. People just don’t want to share their personal information and what they do and where they go on the internet with Microsoft. And reactions from them are mixed. Some of them accept this Microsoft’s method of collecting data by saying that the purpose of the preview is to collect as much data as possible in order to make a good and stable operating system. While others often don’t refrain from curses when reporting about their disagreement with Microsoft.

But at least, Microsoft was fair for saying all of that in the Privacy Statement, so you cannot say that you haven’t been warned and that Microsoft is spying on you against your will, because it is completely up to you whether you’ll use Technical Preview and expose your personal info to Microsoft, or not. But Microsoft is aware that people don’t like its way, so they don’t recommend you to install Windows 10 Technical Preview on computers that you use every day.

What can you do for minimizing the impact of collecting your personal data?

In case you are one of the persons who are highly concerned about their personal data, you can always stay anonymous while surfing the internet. You can use a proxy server or a good VPN. If you suppose that Microsoft already collected some of your personal data, you can avoid anyone uses it against your digital profile.

From all VPN services out there that can hide your computer’s IP, keep you safe from attacks and hackers and keep your data secured and encrypted, Cyberghost is the best in terms of quality-price. Available at $2.75 per month, you have plenty of great features in it and keeps your digital traces anonymous.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2015 and has been since revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.