When it comes to Windows 10 privacy, don't trust amateur analysts

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  1. Cluster Head's Avatar
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       11 Feb 2016 #1

    When it comes to Windows 10 privacy, don't trust amateur analysts


    Another day, another sensational report from Forbes. Oh my goodness, is Windows 10 really "phoning home" thousands of times a day? Nope. in fact, anyone who has even a basic understanding of how networks work should cringe at this shoddy report.


    Gordon F. Kelly of Forbes is at it again, whipping up a frenzy over Windows 10. This time he claims to have found SHOCKING EVIDENCE that Microsoft's telemetry is collecting STAGGERING amounts of data from Windows 10 users. Sadly, what Mr. Kelly's post* proves is how very, very little he understands about modern computing or networking. Seriously, his article is pure gibberish, technically. But more than 100,000 people have read it so far, and apparently they believe Mr. Kelly.
    I feel sorry for those poor benighted souls.
    What makes this whole sorry state of affairs even worse is that Mr. Kelly hasn't even done any of his own research. Instead, he is relying on ... well, I'll let him tell you:
    Read more: http://www.zdnet.com/article/when-it...teur-analysts/
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  2.    11 Feb 2016 #1

    Interesting.. this will make a good read.
    Thanks for sharing.
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  3.    11 Feb 2016 #2

    is the person who did the alleged testing have any knowledge of computers or networks.... I don't think so
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  4. TairikuOkami's Avatar
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       11 Feb 2016 #3

    Configure telemetry and other settings in your organization (Windows)
    Well MS collects a whole bunch of data, but it clearly states what and why.
    The more the user will disable, the more crippled system and apps he will get.
    I have disabled it all, but not because of privacy, privacy on the internet is an illusion.
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  5. dencal's Avatar
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       11 Feb 2016 #4

    All insiders joined knowing telemetry was necessary for the development of the product.
    As for W10 1511 RTM, the same constraints are not there.
    Who would you judge to be telling the facts....Ed Bott or publicity seeking publication Forbes?
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  6. Wynona's Avatar
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       11 Feb 2016 #5

    This one popped up in my inbox this morning. As I usually do, I read the first couple of paragraphs in order to see if the article would be of interest to me. Then I had to read the whole thing and as usual, Ed Bott makes complete sense.

    It never ceases to amaze me that publicity hounds make outrageous claims of Invasion of Privacy hoping to gain more readership.
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  7.    11 Feb 2016 #6

    Hey folks -- you're bashing Forbes -- but they didn't do the testing.

    I'm not saying the tester is right, but to refute their claims, we need detailed information, not "how networks work".
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  8. Wynona's Avatar
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       11 Feb 2016 #7

    Mark Phelps said: View Post
    Hey folks -- you're bashing Forbes -- but they didn't do the testing.

    I'm not saying the tester is right, but to refute their claims, we need detailed information, not "how networks work".
    Doesn't matter who they are . . . if they pass on inaccurate information, they need to be corrected.
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  9.    11 Feb 2016 #8

    Wynona said: View Post
    Doesn't matter who they are . . . if they pass on inaccurate information, they need to be corrected.
    Agree! Reporting information without first vetting it is shoddy reporting.
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  10.    11 Feb 2016 #9

    despite amateur or not
    the main reason why people not accepting telemetry is because the way it works, hidden without user acknowledge
    "calling home" without user knowledge (hidden) will give suspicious idea ... its natural human logic

    if microsoft using telemetry for making better product, then why it cannot be transparent ?
    microsoft might already documented regarding telemetry, but still it remain hidden in the OS, and cant be disabled either
    so incase they change things hiddenly, most people wont realize it

    let user know what&when it send... if user realize there is no "privacy risk" in the telemetry data, they will accept it eventually
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