Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Mar 2018 20:12 UTC
Windows

Microsoft is once again tackling privacy concerns around Windows 10 today. The software giant is releasing a new test build of Windows 10 to Windows Insiders today that includes changes to the privacy controls for the operating system. While most privacy settings have been confined to a single screen with multiple options, Microsoft is testing a variety of ways that will soon change.

There have been some concerns that Windows 10 has a built-in “keylogger,” because the operating system uses typing data to improve autocompletion, next word prediction, and spelling correction. Microsoft’s upcoming spring update for Windows 10 will introduce a separate screen to enable improved inking and typing recognition, and allow users to opt-out of sending inking and typing data to Microsoft.

I doubt any of these changes will reassure people who refuse to use Windows because of privacy concerns.

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RE[3]: Comment by Drumhellar
by Alfman on Wed 7th Mar 2018 02:10 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar"
Alfman
Member since:
2011-01-28

Drumhellar,

You have to trust developers that say their software does what it says and nothing more. You have to trust your distribution that they're giving you the packages patched only in the way they say they're patching software. You have to trust that third parties actually bothered to check to make sure your distribution maker is giving you what they say, and that they are actually competent. At some point, you just have to trust somebody. Pretending this isn't the case is naive, and simply incorrect.


It's true, sometimes claims about FOSS get exaggerated. However just one minor counter point: with proprietary software, trust typically has a single point of failure (the commercial vendor). With FOSS on the other hand, trust can span multiple parties, adding a form of "trust redundancy" that isn't possible with proprietary software because no one else has the source.


Do I trust Microsoft software?
After all the years I've been using it, I've never heard of their software doing anything nefarious w/r to user data. They have consistently been clear about what they do, and in the areas they have been less clear, at least their opacity has been well defined.

I haven't seen any reasons why I should specifically distrust them.


This is a dated reference, but what about the "_nsakey" that was revealed when microsoft accidentally published a debug version of the kernel?

https://www.heise.de/tp/features/How-NSA-access-was-built-into-Windo...

Microsoft tried to rebuke the accusations in public, but it never really provided supporting evidence.

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RE[4]: Comment by Drumhellar
by adkilla on Wed 7th Mar 2018 08:08 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Drumhellar"
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2005-07-07

The article is old. The NSA has found it easier to store their backdoors on CPUs. You may use an open source OS, but what about your CPU? They are actively finding a way and won't stop doing that.

Unless we DIY everything, we can never be sure of anything. Open source don't mean anything if we don't have control over every stage of of our IT infra. Even if our PC fully is open source (both hardware and software), then what about our printers, routers, NAS, etc? See where this is going?

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RE[5]: Comment by Drumhellar
by Alfman on Wed 7th Mar 2018 14:46 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Drumhellar"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

adkilla,

The article is old. The NSA has found it easier to store their backdoors on CPUs. You may use an open source OS, but what about your CPU? They are actively finding a way and won't stop doing that.


We've covered the closed CPU firmware/microcode/management processors problem a couple times here on osnews and it is very concerning. However it's quite unlikely they'll stop infiltrating the operating systems too.


Unless we DIY everything, we can never be sure of anything. Open source don't mean anything if we don't have control over every stage of of our IT infra. Even if our PC fully is open source (both hardware and software), then what about our printers, routers, NAS, etc? See where this is going?


Some things are easier than others. There are lots of open source NAS and routers. I'm not so sure about printers.

Some people assume that high proprietary market share is evidence that open source is not important. However as I can personally attest to, there's a lot of equipment where despite my efforts, I've been unable to locate an open source vendor and have been forced to buy something proprietary against my wishes. This is a big reason why I'm always trying to promote open hardware/software whenever I can and am extremely wary of people claiming closed platforms don't hurt us.

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