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Researcher Raises Alarm Over Windows 8's SmartScreen Filter

  1. #11

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    Windows 8 64 bit

    I've read A Guy's links above and they do nothing to quell the uneasiness I feel about this spy app.

    I don't care what I choose to download, only if I want Microsoft to babysit me, should it look over my shoulder. This borders on criminal for this app not to be disabled by default and only activated as part of a security scheme if the user really needs such a service.

    This should be documented in big bold words as soon as you start the PC and before you use Internet Explorer and then you should be given the choice to use this service or not.

    This is the problem with privacy issues.. it's just like the Patriot Act. They assume you need the protections so they force them on you, thus taking away your freedoms. Microsoft is doing the same things here that our corrupt Anti American Anti Republic Anti Constitution leaders in Congress and the White House are doing and have been for the last 16 years.

    Microsoft has no right to know what I download. Period. I don't care if it's porn, or malware - I should be given the choice and should be notified up front. People, the more you stupidly allow these things to be accepted, unchecked, the more bold and intrusive they will become.

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  2. #12

    @ Dark Rider

    I hear you and agree with you on some of the issues you raised, but I think M$ takes privacy seriously. They spend a lot of time and money on it. They designate a lot of employees on the issue also. I don't think M$ is the big bad wolf people claim them to be. They remain to give us a choice.

    On the other hand, do I agree that some of these settings are configured in an OS or IE as default, such as SmartScreen or others? No. I agree with you. I think it should be the other way around. They should be set "off", then given a choice to be turned on if one desires. I think it should also be included in "Let's Get Started", "What's New?", or other OS presentations.

    I've been doing some research and reading. Here's what I found. M$'s site dedicated to privacy.

    Data Protection | Internet and Online Privacy | Microsoft Privacy

    Here’s one on advertising.

    Microsoft Advertising: Advertising Info

    I will personally be contacting M$ on this issue and suggesting they be more "up front" with privacy.

    BTW, I think "ignorantly" would have been a better word to use than "stupidly".
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