I used to have respect for Kim Komando, but after reading her article about the recent Windows 10 update, I have moved her to my “don’t trust” list. Let me explain:
For my own COMPSEC I only connect to the internet wifi while I am actively using it and even then I monitor the data and CPU usage in real time using task manager. That way I know which program(s) are active. About 10 days ago, I detected the Windows 10 update in progress. It eventually took Four Hours of machine time (6X the usual time) and ate 5 gigs of data–more than enough to completely reinstall an operating system.
When the time stretched on, I became curious about what it was doing and I caught it doing a full scan of every file and program on my hard drive. This was a detailed scan and I could determine that it had actually changed at least one program (McAfee Web Advisor of all things) in addition to adding restrictions to the Windows features. (Komando touts a your ability to pause windows updates now for 7 days. Before the update, you could pause them for a month.)
After the scan was completed there was a period where the data flow was FROM my computer to Windows. That has never occurred during an update before.
The update also changed the IP address on my computer which set off security alarms when I checked gmail.
I don’t know whether that is now a standard procedure or targeted, but I do know that the SurvivalBlog bookmark is prominent.
Some recent searches have made me suspicious that there is also new tracking of internet activity through Windows 10–irrespective of the browser being used.
I thought I’d give you a heads up. After all, as you know Windows has declared itself a “service” (not a software company) and the similarities to some of the other “services” (YouTube, etc.) that have censored/blocked users for “undesirable” content, I am quite uneasy about their intent and will be taking steps to move to an alternate (open source) operating system.
I am not generally a fanciful person, but too many pieces are beginning to fit together. With the new 7-day limit for blocking “updates” you cannot deny the corporation access to your own computer for any longer period. I have to wonder whether it has less to do with updates than with monitoring. – Mr. C.