Windows 10 Telemetry Secrets: Where, When, and Why Microsoft Collects Your Data

I will suggest every Windows 10 user should read an article by Ed Bott in the ZDNet web site at http://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-telemetry-secrets/. Ed Bott provides an overview of the information about you and your computer that Microsoft collects and then points out that the details are available on Microsoft’s TechNet web site at https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt577208(v=vs.85).aspx#BKMK_MoreUTC.

Collecting information about an operating system or an application’s performance is not unique to Microsoft. Apple does it with OS X and many applications collect data as well. Microsoft simply seems to collect more data than do the other companies.

If you do not want your computer’s information collected, I suggest you switch to Linux. Even then, not any old version of Linux will do.

Use Tails (see my earlier articles about Tails at https://privacyblog.com/2014/12/29/the-amnesiac-incognito-live-system-tails/ and at https://privacyblog.com/2015/05/02/use-a-secure-and-free-computer-for-banking-and-all-other-finances/). RoboLinux is another Linux distribution that offers higher than normal security. I described RoboLinux at https://privacyblog.com/2015/05/20/robolinux-a-more-secure-linux-desktop-solution/.

You also might want to read Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols article, ​Sick of Windows spying on you? Go Linux, at http://www.zdnet.com/article/sick-of-windows-spying-on-you-go-linux/.

One thought on “Windows 10 Telemetry Secrets: Where, When, and Why Microsoft Collects Your Data

  1. RoboLinux is on version 9.1 now (2018) which is even more secure than what it was when you wrote about it in 2015. One of RoboLlinux’s greatest assets is its ability to run Windows XP, 7, 8, and 10, within Robo under a totally secure environment, so my question is this: Has anyone tested Windows 7, 8, or 10 within a RoboLinux environment to see if the Windows telemetry is stopped by the RoboLinux wall?

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