Windows 10: Important Problem: How To Prevent App From Calling Home?

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  1.    10 Jun 2017 #51

    Is it possible for me to check if OpenOffice has uploaded any information to the Internet?

    Thank you!
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  2.    10 Jun 2017 #52

    Have a look at this thread on the MDL site and see if it can help to quickly block what you want

    Windows Firewall with Advanced Security | My Digital Life Forums
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  3. Posts : 355
    Win10 Home x64 - 1703
       10 Jun 2017 #53

    Without me buying another app, is it possible for me to double check that OpenOffice is unable to contact the Internet?
    Start Menu / Administrative Tools / Resource Monitor - Click on the Network Tab, look for one of the .exe (soffice.exe , swriter.exe, etc)

    Is it possible for me to check if OpenOffice has uploaded any information to the Internet?
    Short Answer is No. To my knowledge the only thing Open Office might upload is a crash report (if it has crashed) and it ask you if it can do that.
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  4.    11 Jun 2017 #54

    Eagle51 said: View Post
    Short Answer is No. To my knowledge the only thing Open Office might upload is a crash report (if it has crashed) and it ask you if it can do that.
    Thanks!

    Is it really true that open source projects are more secure because more eyes have seen the code so it's less likely for there to be a "back door" to the Internet like what I'm describing?
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  5. Posts : 87
    win 10 and 8.1 pro - Ubuntu 16.04
       12 Jun 2017 #55

    NiceAndShy said: View Post
    Thanks!

    Is it really true that open source projects are more secure because more eyes have seen the code so it's less likely for there to be a "back door" to the Internet like what I'm describing?
    Yes, it is really true.
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  6. Posts : 2,546
    Windows 10.4 Home 1703 x64 16257.1
       12 Jun 2017 #56

    NiceAndShy said: View Post
    Is it really true that open source projects are more secure because more eyes have seen the code so it's less likely for there to be a "back door" to the Internet like what I'm describing?
    Theoretically yes, practically no. OpenSSL is free SSL used for banking and etc and there has been a simple bug for years. It was discoverable within minutes, but no one has found it, because everyone was saying, it is open source, if there is a bug, someone will find it, anyone but me and SSL is only a few KBs big, OO has several hundreds MBs of code. You should not trust open source blindly.
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  7. Posts : 87
    win 10 and 8.1 pro - Ubuntu 16.04
       12 Jun 2017 #57

    TairikuOkami said: View Post
    Theoretically yes, practically no. OpenSSL is free SSL used for banking and etc and there has been a simple bug for years....
    As you say yourself it was a *bug* not a backdoor, and the OP was asking about the fact that it's less likely that there
    is a back door in a open source program;
    so i think the OP is right and that it is more simple to hide a back door in a executable no one can inspect the code of
    or it's less likely to find an open source back door.
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  8.    15 Jun 2017 #58

    TairikuOkami said: View Post
    Theoretically yes, practically no. OpenSSL is free SSL used for banking and etc and there has been a simple bug for years. It was discoverable within minutes, but no one has found it, because everyone was saying, it is open source, if there is a bug, someone will find it, anyone but me and SSL is only a few KBs big, OO has several hundreds MBs of code. You should not trust open source blindly.
    Thanks for your input! This is definitely interesting.

    I'm still trying to find a way to lock down the OpenOffice app so I can know for sure that it's unable to contact the internet.

    Should I look into using a different app?
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  9.    15 Jun 2017 #59

    Instead of using OpenOffice for this, is there another app people can recommend that will ensure the security of my personal notes?

    I just want something that's ironclad.
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  10.    16 Jun 2017 #60

    What a load of garbage - technical solutions to a problem that does not exist!

    OP should read up about telemetry, and just turn off options in privacy where OS asks to learn your typing habits.

    Also follow @Kari's suggestion earlier.
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