Windows 10 Upgrade “Read the Options”

So probably like most of you, I kicked off a Windows 10 upgrade on my laptop. I am sure you have seen these screens before:

The upgrade seems to have gone well so far anyway, but that is not why I wanted to post. When setting up Windows 10, you can choose the Express Settings or Custom. I highly recommend the Custom so you can see the following choices, if you are running an upgrade then you can change these settings later:

Windows 10 generates a unique advertising ID for each user on each device. That can be used by developers and ad networks to profile you and all you do.

Now the Location setting and sending data to Microsoft is typical but you should review that anyway. However the last two are important, in what world would you ever want to connect to “suggested open networks“? And then why would you want to “connect to shared networks form your contacts” which also infers that you are one of those contacts for other people.

To add to this Krebs has posted this blog post this morning too:

http://krebsonsecurity.com/2015/07/windows-10-shares-your-wi-fi-with-contacts/

Also a great post about some of the other Privacy Concerns with Windows 10.

http://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2015/07/29/wind-nos/

As always make sure you read the options before blindly just accepting them.

Liam Cleary

Liam began his career as a Trainer of all things computer related. He quickly realized that programming, breaking, and hacking was a lot more fun. He spent the next few years working within core infrastructure and security services until he found SharePoint. He is the founder and owner of SharePlicity, a consulting company that focuses on all areas of Technology. His role within SharePlicity is to help organizations implement technology that will enhance internal and external collaboration, document and records management, automate business processes and of course security controls and protection. Liam also serves as the Product Owner for Security at Rencore, where he is helping to develop offerings that help organizations further understand and mitigate security and compliance risks, within SharePoint and Office 365 customizations. His core focus will is to identify, control and protect whether they are full-fledged customizations or out-of-the-box Office 365 functionality. He is also a twelve-time Microsoft MVP focusing on Architecture but also crosses the boundary into Development. His specialty over the past few years has been security in SharePoint and its surrounding platforms. He can often be found at user groups or conferences speaking, offering advice, spending time in the community, teaching his kids how to code, raspberry PI programming, hacking the planet or building Lego robots.

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