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Old 20-09-2015, 08:59 PM   #1
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Default Sticking with Windows 7 to avoid being spied on

I've read a lot recently from people who are saying this ...but your Win 7 or 8 machine may already be doing this... read on

Many didn’t know that this latest version of Windows has a capability to silently capture and send user data to Microsoft se..., without user’s consent.
But wait, you can’t run after the creators of Microsoft to criticise or complain for stealing your data because you agreed to the Windows 10 terms and conditions, where Microsoft has clearly stated “we will access, disclose and preserve personal data.”

Now are you worried much? You are not alone. Many Windows users are unhappy with Microsoft’s choice to spy on its users and many privacy conscious users even opted to not to update to Windows 10 and stick with older version of Windows i.e. Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.

But now it seems like Microsoft’s goal to snoop on its users is so strong that they have now released several updates for their older versions of Windows that provides them with a capability to spy on Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users too.

The two recent Windows updates having the identification number, KB3075249 and KB3080149, grants a capability to Windows to capture and send your data to company’s servers.

Here’s how Microsoft has described these two updates:

KB3075249 – This update adds telemetry points to the User Account Control (UAC) feature to collect information on elevations that come from low integrity levels.

KB3080149 – This package updates the Diagnostics and Telemetry tracking service to existing devices. This service provides benefits from the latest version of Windows to systems that have not yet upgraded. The update also supports applications that are subscribed to Visual Studio Application Insights.

So once both of these updates are installed on your computer then Microsoft may possibly spy on you in a similar way Microsoft Windows 10 does, and all your data will be sent to Microsoft servers.

That is not all. Privacy-conscious users of Windows have pointed out that there are numerous other updates released by Microsoft that either grant the company an access to your data or forcefully updates your existing version of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 to the latest operating system release, Windows 10.

It's in this article which expands on this issue and provides instructions how to remove them
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