In the weeks after launch, many users of Windows 10 have noticed something strange, and that is always “phoning home”.
Last week, an investigation of Ars Technica found that Windows computers were sending data to servers of Microsoft , even after services as Cortana and onedrive had been deactivated, or even sending messages as soon as the button is pressed Home.
It is a telling change of Microsoft the last major technology company based on software freelance basis unleashing a series of concerns about data collection personal by big companies like Google and Apple, and now Microsoft.
Reported by Ars Technica, the company was quick to defend himself by saying: “No search query or data is sent to Microsoft, according to privacy settings chosen by the customer.”
Most of the data is record anonymous usage, so it is not inherently a privacy issue, but the fact is: the use of Windows 10 requires constant access to remote servers Microsoft, and access goes both ways.
In 2015, this is just how the computer works. Consumers expect intelligent recommendations and continually improve their services. We hope that computers are able to answer any question at any time. In return, companies have constant access your computer for data collection , automatic updates and remote processing.
It is no longer an option; It is the default.
Mobile technology works this way out of necessity, just no processing capacity to take on more complex tasks, and in the last five years, even the most powerful computers have followed this model.
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Basically, it is the premise of the efforts of all software Google . Most Chromebooks are constantly feeding data to Google servers, although it occurs more frequently through search service Drive or the operating system itself. If services will improve, engineers need to know what is working and what is not, and because the services themselves are free, some level of targeted advertising is inevitable.
Companies constantly change the amount of information they collect and anonimizan, but overall the options are very similar.
Apple ran into a similar problem when it launched last year Yosemite: Spotlight search function communicates renewed consultations Apple headquarters. But if Spotlight will respond to inquiries from the face of the web as “restaurants near me” what can you do?
For a long time, Microsoft was the exception to this rule. The company has launched a lot of cloud services, but they have been discreet deals rarely built into the operating system itself. This changed with Windows 10 because he had to.
If Microsoft aims to steal users to Apple and Google , you must equal services such as Siri and Google Voice, which means connect to the cloud at the deepest possible level.
But as the software has changed, the world has changed around them. Corporate clouds are not as secure as they once were and have been violated by government spies and hackers alike. Last year, Microsoft pursued an internal leak peering into the Hotmail account of a private blogger and apologizing after the fact.
But for anyone who wants to exercise greater control over their own address, your own hardware, their own data, it is difficult to know where to turn. Leaving the team in the hands of a company is literally the only option.