microsoft – Fresh Traffic http://freshtraffic.ca Winnipeg SEO Services & Digital Marketing Firm Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:21:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Invasive data collection, Yes or No? http://freshtraffic.ca/invasive-data-collection-yes-or-no/ Thu, 10 Sep 2015 14:39:10 +0000 http://freshtraffic.ca/?p=2574 Most people have now heard or are now using windows 10, under its default privacy settings, Windows 10 can track the way user’s type, what applications they use, their browsing history and other personal information. Users have to actively turn off...

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Most people have now heard or are now using windows 10, under its default privacy settings, Windows 10 can track the way user’s type, what applications they use, their browsing history and other personal information. Users have to actively turn off these features to stop the tracking.

But is this bad or good? it may have some good features, depends on your opinion, if you have young children browsing the net, now parents can see and get reports on what they have been checking out, could be very good in some cases, especially nowadays

Windows 10 can send a weekly “activity update” on children’s’ web browsing and computer history to their parents. Some parents have publicly described receiving those emails from Microsoft as “creepy,” while others warn it could serve to humiliate teens at a vulnerable period in their lives, personally I also think it could save lives, rapes and a host of other things as the kids seem to be getting younger and younger online especially on social like Facebook etc. posting pics with pouting lips, half-dressed trying to attracted attention from the great looking kid on the photo, who may I add could be some 40 year old pervert, so…

When is enough, enough?

 

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Windows 10 automatically grants home wi-fi network access to your Outlook and Skype contacts http://freshtraffic.ca/windows-10-automatically-grants-home-wi-fi-network-access-to-your-outlook-and-skype-contacts/ Wed, 29 Jul 2015 23:03:13 +0000 http://freshtraffic.ca/?p=2559 You have to change your network name if you want to opt out of this Microsoft officially launched its new Windows 10 operating system last night, offering free upgrades to current Windows 7 and 8 users who make the switch...

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You have to change your network name if you want to opt out of this

Microsoft officially launched its new Windows 10 operating system last night, offering free upgrades to current Windows 7 and 8 users who make the switch within the next year.

Before the rollout, Microsoft trumpteted the various new security features that Windows 10 would offer, so it’s arguably ironic that the operating system comes pre-installed with a security flaw touted as a connectivity advantage: a feature called Wi-Fi Sense which, unless you deliberately opt out of the default setting, automatically shares your Wi-Fi network password with all of your contacts in Outlook, Hotmail, and Skype. (You can also share your network password with Facebook “friends,” but that’s not automatic; it requires you to opt in.)

More specifically, it doesn’t actually hand out your password to your contacts; it “merely” shares an encrypted version of your password and stores it on Microsoft’s servers, thus allowing anyone in your contact list to use your Wi-Fi network when they visit you at home, or merely happen to be in range of it. Or maybe when they’re breaking into your house.

Opting out

Wi-Fi Sense’s FAQ page claims to offer “answers to some questions you might have about Wi-Fi Sense.” Unfortunately, it does not answer the question “Where the hell did Microsoft get the idea that if I exchange an email with someone, this means I want that someone to have access to my home Wi-Fi network?”

According to Microsoft, the only way to opt out of Wi-Fi Sense is by changing the name of the network to include the phrase _optout (note the underscore symbol before the word). Microsoft offered as an example the name mynetwork_optout. However, Microsoft also says that “It can take several days for your network to be added to the opted-out list for Wi-Fi Sense. If you want to stop your network from being shared sooner than that, you can change your Wi-Fi network password. For more information about how to do that, check the documentation for your router or access point.”

Don’t forget that if you change your Wi-Fi network name, you and everyone in your household will then have to re-connect your devices to the newly named network.

“Disaster waiting to happen”

Security expert Brian Krebs, who called the automatic password-sharing “a disaster waiting to happen,” noted that, although Wi-Fi Sense has been a feature on Windows Phone for quite awhile, that was “less of a concern” because Windows Phone has only a tiny share of the mobile device market, which is largely dominated by Android and Apple iOS. However, “embedding this feature in an upgrade version of Windows makes it a serious concern for much of the planet.”

If you intend an upgrade to Windows 10 but have not yet done so, make sure you change the name of your Wi-Fi network to include _optout before you make the upgrade. Krebs also recommends that “While you’re at it, consider keeping Google off your Wi-Fi network as well. It’s unclear whether the Wi-Fi Sense opt-out kludge will also let users opt-out of having their wireless network name indexed by Google, which requires the inclusion of the phrase “_nomap” in the Wi-Fi network name.”

 

Courtesy of consumer affairs.

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Microsoft may have found the perfect way to cap Google at the knees http://freshtraffic.ca/microsoft-may-found-perfect-way-cap-google-knees/ Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:25:31 +0000 http://freshtraffic.ca/?p=2447 Google’s Android platform has basically become to smartphones what Windows has long been for desktop computers and laptops — that is, it’s the dominant player in terms of raw market share. Microsoft is obviously not happy that it missed the...

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Google’s Android platform has basically become to smartphones what Windows has long been for desktop computers and laptops — that is, it’s the dominant player in terms of raw market share. Microsoft is obviously not happy that it missed the boat on the smartphone revolution but it may have come up with an ingenious way to undermine Google’s control over Android.

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