Windows 10 privacy issues

Windows 10 has recently been found to have yet another privacy floor in it. Although they would not admit it, to them it is a feature.

In the latest issue, when you turn off data collection, or history, it only turns it partially off, you have to dig further to turn it all off. Who would have thought that the button that says turn it off, dosent turn it off?

You can turn the rest of it off if you dig far enough in to the settings

A statement by Microsoft regarding this issue reads:

“Microsoft is committed to customer privacy, being transparent about the data we collect and use for your benefit, and we give you controls to manage your data. In this case, the same term “Activity History” is used in both Windows 10 and the Microsoft Privacy Dashboard. Windows 10 Activity History data is only a subset of the data displayed in the Microsoft Privacy Dashboard. We are working to address this naming issue in a future update.”

– Marisa Rogers, Microsoft

This means that you need to make sure you turn everything off in all locations before you can be sure your data is safe. I look forward to them clarifing the facts and allowing a single button to turn off all data collection.

If you need help we can help but will need to know which version of Windows and what patch version you are up to as the proceedure will vary. Submit a support ticket and we will get back to you.

Keep Safe.

CritchCorp Computers Ltd

Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) Flaw

Just a quick note to all, although I only know of a couple of folks that do this and they will be contacted urgently.

If you use Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) over the Internet then there is a serious bug that has just been discovered that allows an attacker to gain entry even with out a username and password.

The good news is that if you use a VPN connection first, then you are completely safe from this. Likewise if you use Network Layer Authentication only then you are not at risk either.

As always we recommend that you use RDP over a VPN tunnel, this way you are not vulnerable to any problems found in the protocol.

If you are concerned then please contact us and we will assess your situation with you.

If you want to deal with this yourself then you need to run updates on your servers as well as your desktops. The problem has now been fixed in the latest updates.

Keep Safe.

CritchCorp Support Team!