Windows 10 Security
Windows 10 was launched on July 29th of this year and had been adopted by 75 million users by the end of August. Despite its initial popularity, the adoption rate for the new operating system has slowed down since the time of its launch. While the Windows 10 market share for desktop operating systems climbed to almost 4% a week after its initial release, it currently possesses just over a 6% share in that category. Additionally, the adoption of Windows 10 has occurred concurrently with a drop in Microsoft’s market share for Windows 8, as the new operating system was offered as a free update for users of Windows 7 and 8. In contrast to its quick adoption by users, Windows 10 has been plagued by a number of privacy and security concerns. Here are the top five articles about Windows 10 privacy and security from Lavasoft’s blog:
At the time of the Windows 10 launch, 1.5 billion users worldwide had some version of Windows installed. Users who opted for a free upgrade to Windows 10 would be affected by the new operating system and its privacy policies. This article helps users address the most pressing security and privacy issues in Windows 10.
Soon after its release, news about Windows 10 contacting Microsoft servers for seemingly innocuous user functions made the rounds on news sites and forums. In this example, even after privacy and security settings were optimized, Microsoft’s servers still attempt retrieve information from the user’s computer based on their use of the Start Menu search bar.
Despite the negative publicity regarding privacy and security, Windows 10 shows promise with regards to its access control features. The new Windows Hello application allows users to log in using biometric criteria such as their eye color (retina), facial features, or fingerprints. Additionally, Microsoft’s new web browser Edge was tested using a bug bounty program.
Windows WiFi sense is intended to automatically connect users to open networks, accept a WiFi network’s terms of service automatically, and enable the exchange of password-protected WiFi network access with contacts, providing internet access without revealing one another’s passwords. However, some default aspects of this feature have caused users to be concerned regarding their security and privacy.
Microsoft officially addressed the wide range of privacy concerns that have been reported regarding large-scale data collection in Windows 10. Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group, posted to the official blog and reiterated the company’s commitment to listening to customer feedback regarding privacy concerns, though some of the article reads like a public relations exercise.