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

  1.    30 Dec 2016 #1

    Important Problem: How To Prevent App From Calling Home?

    Hey guys, this may make me come across as paranoid, but this is an important problem for me so I hope you can appreciate that.

    I just wanted to know if this was possible:

    Let's say I'm browsing a website that requires me to login and give the website permission to access my PC. Is it possible for the owner of the website to "see" which apps I'm using on my PC while I'm using their website?

    I do all of my most personal things on my PC like my journaling and online banking.

    Thank you!
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  2.    30 Dec 2016 #2

    This sounds interesting, can you specify how does the website asks you to access your PC ? Never met with something like this before.
    To protect your privacy simply just avoid such websites.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    31 Dec 2016 #3

    I'm not sure that the website is doing anything malicious to my PC.

    I just wanted to know if it was possible for a website to view what a user was doing on their PC?
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  4. Posts : 1,964
    W10 Pro + W10 Preview
       31 Dec 2016 #4

    They will know what sites or links that you visit, though not the contents, their interest being marketing, this being common.
    Banking on line is encrypted though you should still use a good anti-virus to be doubly secure.
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  5.    02 Jan 2017 #5

    It's troubling to know that they can't see what sites I'm visiting.

    How can I prevent this?
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  6.    02 Jan 2017 #6

    NiceAndShy said: View Post
    It's troubling to know that they can't see what sites I'm visiting.

    How can I prevent this?
    The short answer is "you can't"

    Some browsers have an option to send a 'do not track' request to web sites , but many ignore this.

    You can use an browser ad-blocker to block cookies being placed on your PC , but that's never 100% successful.

    Use a search engine like duckduckgo which doesn't log your web search terms as google and many others do, but as soon as you click a results link , that site will try and track what your doing.

    You can pay a monthly fee to use a VPN that doesn't log sites you visit , but that will not stop web sites that you log in to use logging the links you click on if you do so from their web page.

    If you go on-line , you have to resign yourself that someone , somewhere will see the links you click , items you search for , sites you visit etc.

    You can reduce your tracking footprint a lot , but not totally , the only way is to do so not go on-line at all.
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  7. Posts : 487
    Windows 7/64 Professional
       02 Jan 2017 #7

    I would suggest that one never gives access permission to their computer by some website.

    I'm on the internet for several hours everyday and have never been asked by a website to access my computer.
    Could someone post a website that does such a thing?

    Please note:
    Being paranoid is another layer of security.

      My ComputerSystem Spec

  8.    6 Days Ago #8

    Thanks for the replies!

    Is it possible for apps to take screenshots of my screen and then upload them back to the app's author on the internet?

    How can I prevent this?
      My ComputerSystem Spec


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