Want Microsoft to know everything you do? There’s an OS for that.

Apparantly the upcoming Windows edition isn’t very secure (wait for surprised gasps). Through a feature called Windows SmartScreen, the operating system is to check through all applications the user installs, and send the data back to Microsoft.

The idea behind SmartScreen is to check through programs to avoid viruses and unsafe software – to analyse them online and inform the user if it seems unsafe. That’s good enough, especially seeing as Windows has always been extremely virus prone. However, sending back so huge chunks of information to a centralised system is never good. This is a serious safety concern.

Ofcourse, it’s fairly easy to turn the feature off if you want to. But that only goes for those somewhat tech savvy – they shouldn’t be the only ones enjoying some basic privacy.

Read more at Gizmodo.

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  • Robert Andersson

    Freedom 0: The freedom to run the program for any purpose.
    Freedom 1: The freedom to study how the program works, and change it to make it do what you wish.
    Freedom 2: The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor.
    Freedom 3: The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements (and modified
    versions in general) to the public, so that the whole community benefits.

    nuff said?