1.    30 May 2015 #1
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Manchester CT
    Posts : 358
    Windows 10 Fast Ring

    What are the downsides to logging into MS when booting?


    I love how MS and Google remember my settings, preferences, previous searches and enjoy the apps like GMail, Google Earth Pro, XBox Live, One Drive, etc. My son is constantly logged into a lot more sites like DropBox, Twitter, Facebook, etc. My best friend absolutely refuses to log into any accounts except for Facebook.

    For the life of me, I cannot come up with a good reason NOT to log in. I don't get spam from them and I get to use some cool apps and tools that simply will not work without logging in. Besides the usual "they (MS, Google, NSA) are tracking/listening/watching their users!" stuff and possible marketing promos, is there something I have not thought of?
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  2.    30 May 2015 #2

    Quote Originally Posted by John Pombrio View Post
    I love how MS and Google remember my settings, preferences, previous searches and enjoy the apps like GMail, Google Earth Pro, XBox Live, One Drive, etc. My son is constantly logged into a lot more sites like DropBox, Twitter, Facebook, etc. My best friend absolutely refuses to log into any accounts except for Facebook.

    For the life of me, I cannot come up with a good reason NOT to log in. I don't get spam from them and I get to use some cool apps and tools that simply will not work without logging in. Besides the usual "they (MS, Google, NSA) are tracking/listening/watching their users!" stuff and possible marketing promos, is there something I have not thought of?
    Your friend won't login to any site other than Facebook? You might want to tell them that they're actually one of the worst sites for tracking your Web activities. That was one thing I ditched years ago and don't miss it at all.

    I have no issue logging into MS on my pc. I've had a Hotmail for years so doesn't really make any difference. The only thing I have no interest in is features like Cortana. If I do update to 10 that will be the first thing I disable. I've used android phones for years and never use features like voice search or Google now.
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  3.    30 May 2015 #3
    Join Date : Aug 2014
    Australia, Adelaide
    Posts : 1,535
    W7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), LM 18.2 MATE (64 bit), W10 Home (64 bit)

    You forgot cyber-criminals in your list of usual suspects.
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  4.    30 May 2015 #4
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 1,424
    win 10 Insider

    John, you are asking for facts. Your question is more about beliefs!

    I'm a bit wary but appreciate the conveniences of Google and MS logins. I've even learnt to take my silver foil hat off!! Maybe we're headed for the devil but there you go.
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  5.    30 May 2015 #5
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 890
    Windows 10 Pro

    Biggest downside that I can think of is that if your account gets compromised online, you might find yourself locked out of your PC.

    I usually prefer a local account because my kids will use my PC and I don't necessarily want them to be able to get into my OneDrive, email, calendar, etc...without having to supply a username/password.
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  6.    31 May 2015 #6
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Manchester CT
    Posts : 358
    Windows 10 Fast Ring
    Thread Starter

    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Biggest downside that I can think of is that if your account gets compromised online, you might find yourself locked out of your PC.

    I usually prefer a local account because my kids will use my PC and I don't necessarily want them to be able to get into my OneDrive, email, calendar, etc...without having to supply a username/password.
    Couldn't you create a separate login/password for them that would also prevent them from accessing both your online accounts and certain folders/programs that you don't want them use/see? Depends on how old they are and what mischief they are capable of. The worst happened by my kids was accessing dubious websites and the mess they left behind.

    As for getting compromised online, my friend is well aware of not going to anything but known websites and I got him to run World of Trust on FF so he knows when he is straying. The other is that he still clicks on links to programs he wants that are simply malware sites that are at the top of the list rather than the Mozilla site for instance but he broke himself of that habit. Finally, he is always watching out for suspicious e-mails and has caught some clever ones (which he forwards to me!) so he is perfectly clean as far as I know.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

 


Similar Threads
Thread Forum
Clean install of Win10 Tech Preview - Are There Downsides
Hi All, Sorry about the crazy title, I always have issues with coming up with a good headline for these threads. I want to do a clean install on my desktop with the latest Win10 Dev Preview, but I don't want to do this if I'm not going to get...
Installation and Upgrade
how to boot into safe mode without logging on?
if you can't get into your user account, is there another way to boot to safe mode? I think you can do this from windows recovery media, but I was unable to create that. (It didn't like my sandisk flash drive, even though my 3rd party programs...
General Support
Solved Windows 10 10130 logging off on inactivity?
So I recently updated from 10074 to 10030(switched from slow to fast) and my routine would be to use the laptop until midnight and not turn it off when I hit the sack. When I go back to it, it's already in the lock screen, logged off. It's not in...
General Support
Password problem logging into Win 10 on Hyper-V
Yesterday I set up a virtual machine using Hyper-V on Win 8.1.1 and installed Win 10 10041. After installation, I went through the "connect" and "start" functions but it seemed to lock up with a white screen and "wait a moment" plus the rotating...
Virtualization
How to use OneDrive without logging on 10 with MS Account
I root my User folders in OneDrive folder to keep them sync'd with all my other Devices. But in 10 I want to use a Local Account so I can forgo password (along with Lock Screen and Log On page) except at rare times like when I visit my...
General Support
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 21:48.
Find Us
Twitter Facebook Google+ Ten Forums iOS App Ten Forums Android App



Windows 10 Forums