Newsletter Archives

  • Backporting Win10 telemetry tools to Win7 and 8.1

    Susan Bradley has an excellent report on the privacy questions that have been dogging all of us — have the “recommended” updates Microsoft’s been pushing on Windows 7 and 8.1 led to increased snooping, without our knowledge or consent?

    Susan doesn’t come to a single, definitive conclusion — the communications are encrypted, so she can’t tell exactly what’s been sent — but she has plenty of observations of Win 7 and 8.1’s weird propensity to phone home.

    Well worth a read, in Windows Secrets Newsletter. (Free post, no subscription required.)

    I intend to adopt her recommendation, to turn off the Diagnostic Tracking System in Windows 7 and 8.1 , in the forthcoming change to the MS-DEFCON status.