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I know I shouldnt laugh but you have to check out this guys users name..........

One computer user has become so disillusioned with Windows 10's spying features that he has been driven to using Linux Mint as his primary operating system. But Voat user CheesusCrust was curious to find out just how pervasive Microsoft's privacy invasion is. The results of his investigation are quite staggering.


Using a router kitted out with DD-WRT, and a copy of Windows 10 Enterprise installed in a virtual machine on his Linux laptop, he started by disabling every single one of the tracking and telemetry features found in the operating system. Eight hours later, 4,000 connection attempts to 93 different IP addresses were logged, with most of these IPs addresses being linked to Microsoft.


Explaining his setup on Voat, CheesusCrust said that he used a completely virgin installation of Windows 10 which had been used only to verify that the internet connection was working properly. Perl was then used to pull 8 hours of data from log files and push them into a MySQL database. Perl was also used to obtain route data for any connections. Presenting the results, CheesuCrust says:


Here is the roughly 8-hour network traffic analysis of 5508 connection attempts of an unused, base install of Windows 10 Enterprise (NOTE: I did not remove any 192.168.1.x home network IP addresses from the analysis).


Broken down, this works out to 3967 connection attempts to 51 different Microsoft IP addresses. You can see full tabulated results on Voat.


With Microsoft facing unprecedented levels of criticism for its lack of transparency over spying components, these findings will serve only to add fuel to the fire. The fact that it was the Enterprise edition of Windows 10 that was used for testing is likely to raise further questions.


Serious subject but that user name is a real cracker.

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Not surprised, Win 10 is chock full of privacy concerns. It does phone home way too much, in fact wonder if it breaches any DPA provisions, and wonder whether ICO would be interested, obviously they could do nothing as the Phone Home data goes to Redmond USA.


Other issue is the amount of bandwidth Microsoft purloins from Win 10 users as in a peer to peer propagation of updates as well as the no absolute opt out for updates, the backdoor download of 6Gb or so of Win 10 onto Win 7 and 8 users. Naughty if their broadband is capped. Obviously for Win 10 if you are on a data cap you set the connection to metered, but wonder how much of that allowance is still eaten up by the OS phoning home constantly apparently with Privacy set to full so to speak?



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Ample is just as bad.. Being an apple developer I tend to notice things like that too... I think my machines phone home about 100+ times a day. Don't forget that mobile devices have a lot of caching services, so they often call home (and to other sites, URI's) to get and store information for future use.


A good example is my iPhone caught me unawares, as I noticed it only asked me to enter in my pass-code (not finger print) for payments when I went to somewhere totally out of the norm... It seems that companies are stepping up their game with security!

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