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  1.    23 Aug 2016 #1
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    Cortana: The spy in Windows 10


    Cortana: The spy in Windows 10

    Credit: Pixabay Cortana, Windows 10ís built-in virtual assistant, is both really cool and really creepy

    By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

    Computerworld | Aug 15, 2016 4:00 AM PT


    When I first saw Mr. Spock talking to the Enterpriseís computer, I thought it was so cool. I still do. But the more I look at Cortana, Windows 10ís inherent virtual assistant, the more creeped out I get.


    Letís start with Cortanaís fundamental lust for your data. When itís working as your virtual assistant itís collecting your every keystroke and spoken syllable. It does this so it can be more helpful to you. If you donít like that, well, youíve got more problems than just Cortana. Google Now and Apple Siri do the same things. And itís not just virtual assistants; every cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) does this to one degree or another ó Google Docs, Office 365, whatever.


    But Cortana doesnít stop there. With the recently released Windows 10 Anniversary Update, hereafter Windows 10 SP1, you canít shut Cortana off.


    Maybe you donít mind Microsoft listening to your every word so it can catch when you say, ďHey, Cortana.Ē I do. Yes, I want the coolness factor of being able to talk to my computer. But I want the reassurance that itís not listening when I donít need it to be. I want a simple on/off switch. Windows 10 SP1 doesnít have one. This is interesting, though: Windows 10 Education does. Microsoft apparently is willing to respect the privacy of students. The rest of us? Not so much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post
    Computerworld - where useless tech journalists go to die
    Could not agree more...just page filling rubbish
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    Although I'm not particularly keen on the tone of the article, the request for a simple Cortana on/off switch like they had before and the advice to not install Windows with 'Express Settings' seems reasonable.

    Cortana has respected my settings and remained off for me after the AU update though, therefore I don't have the Cortana Notepad icon in the Start Menu Search. So I guess I'll have to cross this bridge when I format my machine next.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobNJ View Post
    Make sure you're properly attired

    By all means counter the points made by the author in the article. However to try to belittle and mock people who care about their privacy and take an interest in exactly what data is being collected and what happens to data collected is of no use to anyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ARC1020 View Post
    Although I'm not particularly keen on the tone of the article, the request for a simple Cortana on/off switch like they had before and the advice to not install Windows with 'Express Settings' seems reasonable.

    Cortana has respected my settings and remained off for me after the AU update though, therefore I don't have the Cortana Notepad icon in the Start Menu Search. So I guess I'll have to cross this bridge when I format my machine next.

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    A friend and his wife who both saw their laptops upgraded from 8.1 love the voice command option while I simply put Cortana on the disabled list from the start. I still haven't gotten around to removing the icon off of the taskbar however since the RS1 update went on.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
    The link is to Computerworld the Information is junk by definition
    I wouldn't say everything from Computerworld is "junk science" but this 3rd party Tech Connect source raises some eye brows however. A number of junk blogs seem to be page fillers there. Other blogs they have link to Infoworld and PC World articles no longer seen going by how those were dated.
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