Stop & uninstall Windows Telemetry/Tracking

This has been going around on the ‘Net the past few days. It has been found that Windows 10 uploads data to its servers even when every “feature” and app that normally might be expected to do that is disabled/uninstalled. For example, even if you don’t use the Cortana voice-command feature or Bing search, stuff is still being uploaded to Microsoft servers related to this. And even when users choose to not participate in any sort of customer improvement options and disable any kind of tracking, it is still tracking and uploading things.
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Not only is this a big privacy issue, there is also a system performance issue, as extra CPU cycles must be run and disk and network activity must occur to process these telemetry-related tasks.
And it is also the case that Windows 8.1 and 7 also are now doing this. Microsoft has been adding all these telemetry and tracking aspects to them lately through Windows Update, making them closer to Windows 10.
The advice from many experts now is to not go near Windows 10. Do not install it. Retain your privacy and control over your systems.
Below are instructions for disabling the unwanted telemetry/tracking in Windows 7 and 8.1

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By updating Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 you are allowing Microsoft to spy on you

There’s been a lot of discussion about Telemetry in Windows as well as avoiding the Windows 10 upgrade. Here is the list of service bulletins we compiled and what they do. It should be noted that even when not installed, they may appear again so this will require some effort on your part. Most people … Read more By updating Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 you are allowing Microsoft to spy on you

How to: Get rid off Microsoft's OneDrive with one file.

With this shellcode you can get rid of Microsoft’s OneDrive plague. Which allows Windows (10) automatically store you private stuff and can be access by Microsoft staff for “juridical” reasons  according to the privacy statement. Paste this code below in into your favor text editor such as notepad++ (which i recommend). @echo off cls set x86=”%SYSTEMROOT%\System32\OneDriveSetup.exe” … Read more How to: Get rid off Microsoft's OneDrive with one file.

Warrant canary?! What the hell is a warrant canary?

A warrant canary is a posted document stating that an organization has not received any secret subpoenas during a specific period of time. If this document fails to be updated during the specified time then the user is to assume that the service has received such a subpoena and should stop using the service. In … Read more Warrant canary?! What the hell is a warrant canary?

My government (I'm Dutch) is building their own NSA.

This stuff blows my mind. A nice background article can be found using google translate here: http://translate.google.nl/translate?sl=nl&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=nl&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Ftweakers.net%2Freviews%2F3337%2F1%2Fnieuwe-wetgeving-nederland-bouwt-aan-zijn-eigen-nsa-inleiding.html&act=url While everyone is outraged over the NSA revelations, my government wants to extend their wiretapping laws so it can reach NSA proportions. The laws are not even changed yet, but recently they already purchased the equipment to allow … Read more My government (I'm Dutch) is building their own NSA.

Protecting your data: survey indicates that with 4 exceptions major companies fail miserably

With so much recent concern about how the NSA and GCHQ (and, likely, others) basically look at unencrypted traffic as an easy way to hack into your data, it’s becoming increasingly important for the big companies which manage tremendous amounts of the public’s personal data to encrypt as much as possible. The folks over at … Read more Protecting your data: survey indicates that with 4 exceptions major companies fail miserably

CISPA: Who’s For It And Who’s Against It And Much More…

CISPA v3 is back!

We had believed, along with a number of others, that the Snowden leaks showing how the NSA was spying on pretty much everyone would likely kill CISPA dead. After all, the key component to CISPA was basically a method for encouraging companies to have total immunity from sharing information with the NSA. And while CISPA supporters pretended this was to help protect those companies and others from online attacks, the Snowden leaks have reinforced the idea (that many of us had been pointing out from the beginning) that it was really about making it easier for the NSA to rope in companies to help them spy on people.
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Also, if you don’t remember, while CISPA had passed the House, the Senate had shown little appetite for it. Last year, the Senate had approved a very different cybersecurity bill, and had expressed very little interest in taking up that fight again this year. Except now, in an unexpected move, Senate Intelligence Committee boss, and chief NSA defender because of reasons that are top secret, has now announced that she’s been writing a Senate counterpart to CISPA and is prepared to “move it forward.”

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