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  1. Canonical's Will Cooke revealed in an email to the Ubuntu development list that the company plans to collect more diagnostic data from desktop. Many programs and operating systems collect diagnostic data. While the degree varies from program to program, it is fair to say that diagnostic data may provide developers with insights into issues and feature popularity. Canonical wants to collect data such as the Ubuntu version, hardware information and selected location during installation to "focus our engineering efforts on the things that matter most to our users". Cooke revealed what the data that Canonical plans to collect would include: Ubuntu Flavour Ubuntu Version Network connectivity or not CPU family RAM Disk(s) size Screen(s) resolution GPU vendor and model OEM Manufacturer Location (based on the location selection made by the user at install). No IP information would be gathered Installation duration (time taken) Auto login enabled or not Disk layout selected Third party software selected or not Download updates during install or not LivePatch enabled or not The company won't collect or store user IP addresses but wants to use Popcon and Apport. Popcon collects data on package use and Apport will be configured to send anonymous crash reports. All data is sent over HTTPS and aggregate information is made available publicly so that anyone may look them up. This would reveal the number of Ubuntu users on AMD or Intel hardware, or how many users select Germany or China as the location. Cooke notes that the data collecting will be opt-out, but that users can uncheck a box during installation or in the Gnome privacy settings to turn the collecting off. Any user can simply opt out by unchecking the box, which triggers one simple POST stating, “diagnostics=false”. There will be a corresponding checkbox in the Privacy panel of GNOME Settings to toggle the state of this. Closing Words Canonical, at least at this stage, does not want to collect as much data as Microsoft does on Windows 10. That's a good thing, and it is even better that the company plans to display an opt-out choice to users during installation and in the privacy settings. While some privacy advocates might have liked an opt-in choice better, giving users an option at all is something that is not self-evident anymore in this day and age. Ghacks.net
  2. Beginning with the April 2018 feature update, Microsoft will release a tool that allows Windows 10 users to inspect diagnostic data collected and sent to Microsoft's telemetry servers. Windows Insider Program members can test the app starting today. Earlier this week I noted a pair of mysterious (and inactive) links in the Privacy settings of recent preview releases of Windows 10, apparently offering the ability to view and delete telemetry data. Today, Microsoft officially confirmed that the next public release of Windows 10 will include a Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer utility. The app will allow anyone with an administrator account to inspect the telemetry data being collected from a device and sent to Microsoft through the Connected User Experience and Telemetry component, also known as the Universal Telemetry Client. Microsoft's enterprise customers have had this capability for some time, using a bare-bones tool available to IT professionals. The new viewer is considerably more polished and intended for use by nontechnical Windows 10 users. Members of the Windows Insider Program will have access to the Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer app in a new build scheduled to be delivered later today. Although the app will be delivered through the Microsoft Store, users won't be required to sign in with a Microsoft account to download and install it. In a blog post published today, Marisa Rogers, Privacy Officer in Microsoft's Windows and Devices Group, positioned the new tool as a way to be "fully transparent" about what data is collected from a device. I haven't been able to use the tool yet, but a pair of screenshots Microsoft released confirm that most of this data is intended to give Microsoft details about the type of hardware and apps in use by the 600 million-plus Windows 10 devices. Article
  3. This version of Disable Windows 10 Tracking pretty much fixes like, everything. I think? Instructions Download dwt-x.x-cp27-win_x86.zip below Extract the files in any directory. Right click on DisableWinTracking.exe and press Run as administrataor Choose any/all of the options you'd like Select either "Privacy" to enable the tweaks, or "Revert" to revert them. You can read the output in the console dialog to see if it worked. That's it! You can read the license at Info>About Changes since v3.2.0 -Fixed unhandled return code in DiagTrack service removal #379 -Fixed small parsing errors -Fixed DWT to automatically call for elevation instead of bailing out #378 -Eliminated ghost process on auto-escalate -Fixed minor copy/pasta error Have fun! https://github.com/10se1ucgo/DisableWinTracking/releases/download/v3.2.1/dwt-3.2.1-cp27-win_x86.zip
  4. Windows Spy Blocker 4.10.3

    WindowsSpyBlocker is a set of rules to block Windows spy / telemetry based on multiple tools to capture traffic. It is open for everyone and if you want to contribute, take a look at the Wiki. Most malicious content is delivered through the information superhighway nowadays, so it’s highly recommended to take your security measures seriously. An antivirus solution alone can barely keep up with everything going on, that’s why programs like WindowsSpyBlocker want to make things easier by blocking access to potentially harmful domains. Intuitive descriptions guide you along the way The application saves you the time and effort required to go through a setup process, so you benefit from all it has to offer from the moment download is done. This allows you to carry it on a removable thumb drive in case you want to add Firewall rules to other computers than your own. Management options are delivered through a command-line interface, but this gives you little to no accommodation problems, especially because of the detailed descriptions found along the way. Menus are comfortable, and you can always recall menu commands in case they’re out of sight or unsure on what to do next. View rule status, install, and remove There are a couple of default functions you can use to enhance the security of your computer. On the one hand, the application can deploy a set of Firewall rules dedicated to Windows 7, 8.1, and 10, which block access to various domains which are potentially harmful. You can view the status of the rules at any moment and even remove them. On the other hand, there’s the NCSI (Network Connectivity Status Indicator) function, which can deploy WindowsSpyBlocker or Microsoft NCSI rules. These can also be removed on demand, and there’s also a function with which to test your Internet connection. Last but not least, the dev section comes in handy for analyzing results and log files. Although devoid of any particular usage on its own, it’s dedicated for working with Proxifier, Sysmon, and Wireshark if installed on your computer. These tools can be used to extract log data, and there’s also a general differences analyzer to be used with results from all previously mentioned third-party tools. In conclusion Taking everything into consideration, we can state that WindowsSpyBlocker comes in a lightweight package, delivering a fast, reliable method to enhance the security on your computer. Even though it’s used as a command-line interface, it’s packed with intuitive descriptions, and automatically deploys necessary rules on demand. Whats New : Update hosts for Windows 10 extra and spy Update IPs for Windows 10 extra and spy Update hosts for Windows 8.1 spy and update Update IPs for Windows 8.1 extra and spy Update IPs for Windows 7 extra Upgrade to Go 1.9.3 Download : https://github.com/crazy-max/WindowsSpyBlocker/releases/download/4.10.3/WindowsSpyBlocker.exe
  5. The next feature update for Windows 10, Windows 10 version 1803, will feature new privacy settings and improvements that give users and administrators more control over data on the device. Windows 10 users and admins may change privacy-related settings in several ways on machines running Windows 10. They may change some privacy options under Settings > Privacy, make modifications using policies, or change Registry keys related to privacy. The privacy options in Settings controlled application access to data up until now almost exclusively. You could turn a feature, say access to the microphone or notifications, off completely, or allow access on an individual basis only. Microsoft started to improve the privacy settings in the Fall Creators Update. If you open the Location controls in that version of Windows 10, you will notice that disabling location will make it unavailable to apps, Windows, and services. The most recent Windows 10 Insider Build, version 17074, features three new entries under privacy in the Settings application. Windows 10 version 1803: privacy improvements You find the new entries Videos, Documents and Pictures there. All three allow you to block application access to the system folders but you may also notice that you may deny Windows access to these folders as well. The description reads: Allow access to the documents/videos/pictures library on this device. If you allow access, people using this device will be able to choose if their apps have documents/videos/pictures library access by using the settings on this page. Denying access blocks Windows and apps from accessing the documents/videos/pictures library. A click on the change button turns access on or off on the device. You may also turn off application access only by flipping the preferences switch under "allow apps" on the page. This prevents applications from accessing the library but not Windows. Last but not least, you may allow specific applications access but deny access to all other apps. What happens if you disable access for Windows? It is unclear at this point in time. I ran a quick test after disabling access to the pictures library but did not notice any issues. Using File Explorer, I could still browse the folder and apps. I fired up Paint 3D and could load images using drag and drop, and could also save files to the folder. Windows Defender scanned the folder as well. It is possible that the functionality is not fully implemented yet, or that the access restriction only applies to automated processes. Ghacks.net
  6. I IN NO WAY TAKE ANY CREDIT FOR THIS IT WAS TAKEN FROM MDL FORUM AND SOME POSTS MY MEMBERS ON THIS FORUM! Manual: Tools: Windows 10 Lite v8 Destroy Windows Spying v1.7.1 [Works with Win 7/8/8/1/10] Blackbird v6 v0.9.98 [Works with Win 7/8/8/1/10] O&O ShutUp10 v1.6.1395 WPD - Windows Privacy Daskboard v1.1.582 | Firewall rules: Feb 11, 2018 WindowsSpyBlocker v4.10.4 Spybot Anti-Beacon v1.6.0.42 [Works with Win 7/8/8/1/10] W10Privacy v2.6.0.1 Disable Windows 10 Tracking v3.2.1
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