Discussion in 'Frontpage news' started by Hilbert Hagedoorn, Sep 17, 2015.
Great! If you have nothing to hide, then they have no reason to look.
This is how the Stati was created back in the 1950s.
What about the addresses that bypass the hosts file and are hard coded into the OS?
Block them in your router?
I was running O&O Shutup for a while with a few privacy tweaks - but didn't select all of them. My concern with these tweak programs is the idea that future Windows Updates could make the changes obsolete/non functioning or just plain cause incompatibility problems in the future - so I've undone all the O&O Shutup changes & then just configured the OS Privacy options through the standard Windows Interface. This works well for me because I'm not paranoid or worried about all of the privacy issues surrounding Windows 10 - you need these tools to completely shut down the 'privacy reporting' of Windows 10 if it's important to you, otherwise I think it's better to just make the privacy changes through the Windows 10 standard user interface.
I figure it this way, Windows Update has settings that are ignored but still are listed in the registry and have menus for the settings, this is going to be the same throughout the whole os. So yes future updates are just going to carry this forward. Operating systems are starting to go free. They are at the heart of how one uses their computing devices. This is how the new revenue stream is designed; nothing to do with the sale of os. The only difference is that Microsoft is charging an admission fee at the start for those that do not qualify for the "free" upgrade.
And that doesn't work, because the UI doesn't do much. Besides the user interface settings, you need to change registry settings, prevent services from starting, change the host file and remove software.
thanks for this! One of the main reasons for me reverting back to windows 7 was because of all this privacy milarky
DX12 forces me to stay with 10
7 and 8.1 are all spynet infected now too anyway
I could be wrong but for DD-WRT:
Tested with some other sites before this and:
icmp aka pinging = dropped
surfing = dropped (port 80/443)
Very nice tool!
There is some debate on whether this is a very nice tool or not. Some people say it could cause problems down the line when patches arrive. Others say it does nothing as M$ will just bypass so who knows.
Easily removed/disabled. On Win7 at least.
They're looking to keep you safe!
Yea for those of us who know which KBs to hide and remove, but for the majority, Spynet Spynet Spynet
True but I was making the point that it can be removed/prevented and that it is trivial to do so, not so in 10 and not sure about 8.
I'd imagine any Win7 user bothered by privacy could remove it with ease after a simple google search, regardless of their ability - although most won't be aware of the issue or probably even care and it's pretty ****ty of MS to sneak it in like this in my opinion. Oh well.
These are the ones you don't want on a 7/8 machine if anyone is curious
KB2670838 – Windows 7
KB2976978 – Windows 8
Also good read on MS' sneaky ways of always sending some love back home
Anti-Beacon v1.5 for Windows 10 (19-10-15):
Added Office 15 (2013) Telemetry immunization (Group Policies & Scheduled Tasks)
Added Office 16 (2016) Telemetry immunization (Group Policies & Scheduled Tasks)
Hosts file block IP default changed from 127.0.0.1 to 0.0.0.0
Added own group policy for hosts file read only flag
Added own group policy for hosts file block IP
Added own group policies for hiding each immunizer
Added OpenSSL libraries to installer
Added OpenSSL credits to About dialog
Added own scheduled task
What is refresh immunization after each system restart? I don't like the sound of it. I understand what it is trying to do but does that not slow your PC for a little while it does this? And slow boot times?
Also there is still the discussion as to if this actually works or not still as M$ just by pass anyway according to discussion above.