August 8, 2016
Nobody reads Service Agreements (SA). Since Microsoft knows that 99.99999% of the population will in fact, not read the SA, they pulled a fast one on us. In my eyes, it’s a global crime we all agreed to. It’s free right, it can’t be that bad, *CLICK*. Forget about Big Brother for a minute and how they use Google, Facebook, Yahoo and all forms of instant messaging to monitor everything we do and say on the Internet, because we know that now. Right?
We should already know we live in a surveillance world, much like STASI Germany was; monitoring your phone and incoming mail, keeping miles of records on every one of their people. You didn’t know this? Read on to find out what they just did to us. In Germany still today, the STASI files occupy over 100 kilometers of shelf space, though this doesn’t even include the 16,000 sacks of shredded documents the Birthler Authority is currently trying to reassemble with the aid of computers. This is just a FYI, because they kept those files!
In a nutshell, Windows 10 tracks every file in your computer, every word document or email you write or read, records literally every keystroke you make; everything you do on your computer is forwarded to Microsoft’s servers. Microsoft is not even trying to hide this, so when someone says to you “hey, I have this new Facebook-type-thing from Iceland, let’s use that instead because it’s safer”, laugh at them curtly and send them this article.
Can I disable it? First, realize you have already agreed to the terms in the SA if you are running the Windows 10 operating system right now. Secondly, some say you can disable these “services” and there are some shady programs that say they can do it for you, but the bottom line is: Microsoft has officially stated on record that not all surveillance can be disabled in Windows 10. Beware also that those programs claiming their ability to shut them down, also often have spyware and those that don’t still can’t fully do what they promise.
It gets worse if you actually read their SA. This applies to everyone logged in to Windows 10 on a live account, all Xbox users, all people using the Windows Office packs, Outlook, etc, but not Windows 10 directly, even if much of that is already part of the base Operating System (OS). The key is in Your Content 2.b.
“to improve Microsoft products and services, you grant to Microsoft a worldwide and royalty-free intellectual property license to use Your Content”
Not only do we not own anything we think we own in the real world, with Windows 10 you don’t even own anything you create or write. Whether or not you “believe” they wouldn’t just outright steal your hard work an that awesome-sauce program you just wrote that took you 2 months to perfect, is completely beside the point. They can legally just…take it from you without requiring permission to use your Intellectual Property (IP). Wait until all the companies in this world have Windows 10.
I don’t personally know everything about windows and do not claim to either, but after seeing this doesn’t it freak you out that such a thing is even in there? People are actually trying to defend Microsoft’s complete disregard for human rights by saying how awesome it is, glorifying it even. There’s no other reason for this happening besides these people being in denial. The idea of getting away from Windows to OS X (Apple) is in my eyes, just as unpleasant despite the fact that they “say” they denied the NSA back doors to monitor your I-phones, etc. Linux is free but widely unused, but supplies a decent option along with other open-source OS’.
For most however, this concept is scary because it raises a ton of questions and people aren’t generally willing to doing research and learn new ways of doing things. They are afraid of abandoning what they know, so they go into denial and outright deny the need for change, much like our Politicians. Come on, they are forcing us to scan a GMO label now, so they can see what we are interested in.
The truth remains that Microsoft has been doing similar things since Window 95 or earlier. They haven’t been doing it openly, and probably not to this extreme level. You are still vulnerable to all this surveillance by using any Windows OS, but not as vulnerable as on Windows 10. I cannot confirm this, but I believe that with older versions of Windows, they had surveillance options, but you needed to be a specific target of the NSA or FBI for them to use the provided back doors to get into your system and check your hard drive out.
Now it’s just directly being able to taking all your files and use them any way they want to. Add Google, Facebook and the rest to this that are basically open platforms for surveillance and you will now understand why we no longer have the apparent privacy we have been promised. Remember, you clicked “I agree”, giving them consent to rob your ass dry.
My favorite saying, after working for many years with AI programmers, game programmers and Network Engineers (which is my field):
It’s not a bug, it’s a feature!
So the next time you write an email over Gmail to your Mom and spread out the words “bomb”, “Obama”, “terror attack” and “Thursday night” in the mail and even in no specific order, think twice about sending it. *wink*