Windows 10: Privacy: Windows 10 vs Local Files


  1. Posts : 20
    Windows 10 unfortunately
       23 Feb 2018 #1

    Privacy: Windows 10 vs Local Files


    We switched from Windows 7 Pro to Windows 10 at work a couple years ago. I was really put off by the descriptions of how much data MS was now taking from us, and their all-around lack of privacy.

    Enough so that some reporters referred to Windows 10 itself as malware. For leaking so much of your information.

    But that was work, so I didn't care too much.

    Now I'm upgrading my home PC. I'm coming from Win7 Pro, which I've never felt for a moment was unsafe or un-private.

    My question is: is Microsoft uploading my local files to their server, scouring them, or reading their contents in any way? Are any of my files actually "private" anymore? Or does MS know every thought, and every log-in, as I type it?

    I would be using Win 10 without MS account, but still don't trust (based on their own EULA, and all the press), that they're not seeing my SSN, full name, address, income, etc from my personal financial statements, for example.

    Or not uploading my private intellectual property ideas written in a Word document, for example.

    Simply put, I don't really feel a great trust towards MS anymore. Is there any proof that they do or do not access my local files? I'm not using OneDrive or putting anything on the cloud. But I still feel like they're reaching into my computer to see what's there. Which I don't really like.

    I'd like to be happy using Win10, but this is something that really puts me off.

    Thanks for any insights!
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2. Bree's Avatar
    Posts : 8,850
    10 Home x64 (1809) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       23 Feb 2018 #2

    Their Privacy Statement is here: https://privacy.microsoft.com/privacystatement

    Much of the data collected is optional, you can turn most off to send little more than crash reports (which MS use to improve windows).

    See this tutorial (which applies if you have an MS account) and all the tutorials in the 'related tutorials' section at the end (which apply to local accounts as well as MS accounts).

    Use Microsoft Privacy Dashboard to Manage Your Privacy in Windows 10
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  3. TairikuOkami's Avatar
    Posts : 3,419
    10.6 Home 1809 x64
       24 Feb 2018 #3

    Hoffl said: View Post
    My question is: is Microsoft uploading my local files to their server, scouring them, or reading their contents in any way? Are any of my files actually "private" anymore? Or does MS know every thought, and every log-in, as I type it?
    10 actually logs everything you type and say, in order to improve user's experience, they say.

    Any of your files can be uploaded simply by Windows Defender or by smartscreen or any AV. That is how Kaspersky got banned in US, because its AV uploaded malicious files made by NSA.

    Hoffl said: View Post
    I would be using Win 10 without MS account, but still don't trust (based on their own EULA, and all the press), that they're not seeing my SSN, full name, address, income, etc from my personal financial statements, for example.
    Or not uploading my private intellectual property ideas written in a Word document, for example.
    Lets not kid ourself, this is "the future". Windows, any AV, some browsers and even your ISP gather and share your personal information. Like Google is able to see your credit card history, even if you do not have Google account.

    Google Following Your Offline Credit Card Spending To Tell Advertisers If Their Ads Work – Consumerist

    Hoffl said: View Post
    Simply put, I don't really feel a great trust towards MS anymore. Is there any proof that they do or do not access my local files?.
    Quite the opposite, MS helped to arrest several people, after it reported their illegal files to the police, but it was mostly related to their files on onedrive account (not public), but that gives you an idea, what MS is doing. MS is obliged to report any illegal activity, privacy rules do not apply, not is US.


    You can limit files sent by Windows Defender or disable cloud/smartscreen.

    Enable Windows Defender Block at First Sight in Windows 10 Windows 10 Tutorials


    You can use apps to setup privacy, but note, they might break some functionality, even Windows updates.

    Comparison of Windows 10 Privacy tools - gHacks Tech News
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 447
    Ubuntu 18.04, win 8.1 pro
       24 Feb 2018 #4

    The windows 10 model is a cloud based OS, on the other side there are OS alternatives perfectly suitable also for home use like Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Debian.

    HTH.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

Related Threads
Source: Microsoft introduces new privacy tools ahead of Data Privacy Day - Windows Experience Blog
Local files and MS Edge in General Support
Can anyone tell me how to open a local html file using MS Edge, please? Thanks in advance.
How to Use Microsoft Privacy Dashboard to Manage Your Privacy on the Cloud in Windows 10 Microsoft has introduced a new web-based privacy dashboard so you can see and control your activity data from Microsoft including location, search,...
I had local file sharing when my home network consisted of XP and Win 7 computers. I just right clicked on folders I wanted to share in Windows Explorer and designated them as shared. Simple and worked well. I used no sign-ins of users, and the user...
Hi, Is it safe to use Local Disk (D:) as my backup storage? i don't have an extra HDD so i want to transfer my files from (C:) to (D:) instead but i'm worried Windows might delete them if i do the reinstallation.
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:14.
Find Us