Windows 10 Keeps Sending User Data Despite Privacy Settings
Okay so this came up recently and considering how privacy is a matter of great importance it should be highlighted. We have picked up reports that Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 somehow keep sending user data in some capacity to Microsoft all the time.
The operating system comes with numerous tweaking options that allow you to turn off multiple features that usually would compromise privacy. But for instance, even if you have disabled Cortana and web search using Start Menu, some data still gets sent to Microsoft whenever you type something in the Start Menu.
Similarly, even if you have put up no live tiles on the Start Menu, un-encrypted HTTP is used to send new tile data. Of course this is not the kind of information that is personal in nature or leading to your identity, it still is something that shouldn’t be happening.
More importantly, data is regularly being sent to ssw.live.com which is used for OneDrive, but the problem is that data is still sent if you have disabled OneDrive and are not even using accounts connected to Microsoft. Oh and we are not sure what they are sending, could be anything or nothing.
Last but not the least, some data traffic cannot be monitored; even if you use HTTP and HTTPS proxy on a test virtual machine, the content delivery network being used by Windows 10 will bypass.
What do you make of all this?
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