From Security Standpoint, You May Want To Forget a Windows 10 Upgrade

From Security Standpoint, You May Want To Forget a Windows 10 Upgrade

Hello all, Blogmaster here – who also has run a Community Free help site for malware removal and information etc since around 2005. Here and there, more and more seeing many writings about the new Windows 10 from a security standpoint – well for me it is forget it. I will probably never buy one and certainly will not upgrade. I would rather switch to Linux forever than go through what they have going on now.

There is a circumvention of security with a more or less full blown allowance to third party ad network type activities. A lot like downloading software with adware and spyware bundled secretly inside and installs. It is a thumbing of the nose at the public for dollar$ gained through this type of harvesting. When this began around 2001-2002 and 2003, all laws and softwares were created to make it illegal as well as block and detect and remove it from any PC. This is when and where adware and spyware were discovered.

One hand washes or shakes the other on the internet as far as trying to get money to pay bills through ads etc. Most of the innocent are actually welcomed across the board – an ad here there – but sometimes irritating. Depends if you are surfing or studying. The infection by adware creates the continual intermittent pop up annoying ads and can as well be leaking personal information to third parties. This is how legally antispyware companies were legally allowed to create antispyware and as well, publicly declare these as adware infections without libel suit.

So the whole point here is basically that with Windows 10 – the world wide web is returning to those days of allowance and naivete to those days immediately preceding the spyware category of threats being discovered. (I have noticed some security products do not block browser leaks as much as you would think.) They’re sticking it to the newbies again, in a reverse manner of trying to help with UAC being released in Vista forward and much else to make security as automatic as possible for novices (newbies). If you were around for those “XP Years” when this was the day, you’ll see and get this feel all over again in reading this great blogpost below describing security and Windows 10. (Emsisoft Antimalware is all I have recommended as top product for several years now – which indeed blocks any attempt of a browser leak with user choices as you can plainly see in a free trial).

Of course for veteran users who tweak security settings across the board in Windows – there is going to be a lot to turn off and block anywhere possible which may be the cure. Some services will obviously be forget it -don’t use it, just use Windows as it was still 7 or 8. But read this blog for sure, if new or experienced user, and get a good eye full of what Windows 10 is doing to computing security. I won’t doubt there may even be lawsuits for data breach causing ID Theft long the near future.

The truth about Windows 10 spying on almost everything you do
http://blog.emsisoft.com/2015/09/02/the-truth-about-windows-10-spying-on-almost-everything-you-do/
In Security Knowledge
by Carla September 2, 2015 |

You have probably heard the news by now: Microsoft has updated a controversial service agreement that lays out in scary detail how your personal data is being used and abused – at least, that’s what the major tech blogs are saying. But the reality is, even if you read the 12,000 word service agreement, it’s still confusing and vague at best. ….

…..”Cortana is your voice-activated personal assistant, much like Siri and Google Now. But in order for her to operate, Windows 10 collects your personal information to better serve you. This includes calendar events, contact information, alarm settings, what you view and purchase, your browsing history, emails and text messages… “and more”.” …..

….. “OneDrive is Microsoft’s cloud storage system, and it comes with the Windows 10 territory. You might think it’s great because there is no additional sign up or installment required and you can access it from any of your Microsoft devices. But this new convenience comes with a price.
Every time you are signed into your machine with your Microsoft account, your operating system immediately syncs your settings and other data to company’s servers. This includes browser behavior and history, as well as mobile hotspot and Wi-Fi network passwords.” …..

READ IN FULL:
http://blog.emsisoft.com/2015/09/02/the-truth-about-windows-10-spying-on-almost-everything-you-do/

REMEDY / FIX …..

O&O ShutUp10
Free antispy tool for Windows 10
O&O ShutUp10 means you have full control over which comfort functions under Windows 10 you wish to use, and you decide when the passing on of your data goes too far.
Using a very simple interface, you decide how Windows 10 should respect your privacy by deciding which unwanted functions should be deactivated.
O&O ShutUp10 is entirely free and does not have to be installed – it can be simply run directly and immediately on your PC. And it will not install or download retrospectively unwanted or unnecessary software, like so many other programs do these days!

IN FULL AND DOWNLOAD LINK…..
HAS BEEN RECOMMENDED HERE:
http://blog.emsisoft.com/2015/09/02/the-truth-about-windows-10-spying-on-almost-everything-you-do/
https://bluecollarpcwebs.wordpress.com/2015/09/09/from-security-standpoint-you-may-want-to-forget-a-windows-10-upgrade/

O&O ShutUp10
The telemetry components of Windows 10 and the way they affect the user’s privacy is a controversial topic ever since the release of the most recent iteration of Microsoft’s operating system. While many options can be tampered with during setup, there are applications out there specifically tailored to allow the manual tweaking of Windows 10’s security settings. One of them is O&O ShutUp10.
Various range of tweaks for Windows 10
Requiring no installation, O&O ShutUp10 provides users with a simple means of customizing the privacy options in Windows 10 and thus decide which data collection options will stay enabled and which should be blocked.
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Tweak/System-Tweak/O-O-ShutUp10.shtml


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Internet Explorer Unicorn bug actively exploited in the wild

Internet Explorer Unicorn bug actively exploited in the wild
Posted on Nov 21, 2014 09:04 am
Last week, in its regular Patch Tuesday, Microsoft patched a number of serious vulnerabilities, including one that is nearly two decades old, dating back to Microsoft IE 3.0. Discovered by the IBM…
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http://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=17673

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Is Microsoft Shaking Hands With Devil ? Adware Approvals Conditions

Is Microsoft Shaking Hands With Devil ? Adware Approvals Conditions 

Microsoft invites adware companies to become approved vendors
Computer Business Review
There are a host of anti-malware products from several reputed companies on the market such as McAfee, Symantec, and even Microsoft, which block …
http://www.cbronline.com/news/tech/software/malware/microsoft-invites-adware-companies-to-become-approved-vendors-050614-4286618


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Using Microsoft Silverlight, Malware exploits are here – Netflix

Using Microsoft Silverlight, Malware exploits are here – Netflix 

It may be time to uninstall Microsoft Silverlight ? Read….

Angler exploit kit starts wielding Silverlight exploits
Posted on May 20, 2014 04:39 pm
“Silverlight exploits are the drive-by flavor of the month,” claim Cisco researchers. “Exploit Kit owners are adding Silverlight to their update releases, and since April 23rd we have observed substan…

QUOTED:
Vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash and Oracle Java have long been preferred targets of exploit kit developers, but as those two firms have been increasingly improving their patching efforts, the malware developers have realized that Silverlight users make also make good potential targets.

Silverlight, the framework for writing and running rich Internet applications that Microsoft created as an alternative to Adobe’s Flash, has not, so far, surpassed the latter when it comes to user numbers. Still, it has been used to provide video streaming for many high profile events and is currently used by popular video streaming service Netflix……

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http://www.net-security.org/malware_news.php?id=2770

NOTE you can uninstall Microsoft Silverlight (add on like flash) at Control Panel > Programs and Features – or for Firefox check your Add-Ons to see if installed. Silverlight is not a necessary program, adds view features for some sites using it. About a year or so ago it was in the news that Microsoft may discontinue Silverlight.

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Internet Explorer 10 Use-After-Free Vulnerability Being Actively Exploited In The Wild

US-CERT: Internet Explorer 10 Use-After-Free Vulnerability Being Actively Exploited In The Wild

Internet Explorer 10 Use-After-Free Vulnerability Being Actively Exploited In The Wild Original release date: February 14, 2014 https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2014/02/14/Internet-Explorer-10-Use-After-Free-Vulnerability-Being-Actively An unpatched Internet Explorer 10 use-after-free vulnerability is being exploited in the wild. CERT/CC Vulnerability Note VU#732479 has been published with further details about the vulnerability.  US-CERT recommends users protect themselves against this exploit by using Microsoft’s EMET utility, upgrading to Internet Explorer 11, or using an unaffected alternative web browser until a patch is released.

PRESS/HISTORY:

“Use After Free” Flaws: A New Theme for IE Vulnerability … Apr 9, 2013 –
Similar to the flaws in last month’s update, both of these vulnerabilities are what developers call “use after free” vulnerabilities – a type of …
http://watchguardsecuritycenter.com/2013/04/09/use-after-free-flaws-a-new-theme-for-ie-vulnerability/

Also in Firefox…..
VUPEN Vulnerability Research Team (VRT) Blog  Advanced Exploitation of Mozilla Firefox Use-after-free Vulnerability (MFSA 2012-22)  Published on 2012-06-25 17:45:24 UTC by Jordan Gruskovnjak
Hi everyone, In this new blog, we will share our technical analysis of a use-after-free vulnerability affecting Mozilla Firefox, and how we managed to achieve a reliable code execution and bypass DEP/ASLR using the same unique and non-trivial-to-exploit flaw. This specific vulnerability (CVE-2012-0469) has been patched by Mozilla as part of the MFSA 2012-22 security advisory.
http://www.vupen.com/blog/20120625.Advanced_Exploitation_of_Mozilla_Firefox_UaF_CVE-2012-0469.php

SYMANTEC:
Microsoft Internet Explorer Use-After-Free Remote Code Execution Vulnerability ……….
Recommendations: Run all software as a nonprivileged user with minimal access rights. To reduce the impact of latent vulnerabilities, always run nonadministrative software as an unprivileged user with minimal access rights………..
http://www.symantec.com/security_response/vulnerability.jsp?bid=51933

Risk: High
Date Discovered: February 14, 2012
Description: Microsoft Internet Explorer is prone to a remote code-execution vulnerability because of a use-after-free error in the ‘Mshtml.dll’ library. Attackers can exploit this issue to execute arbitrary code in the context of the user running the application. Successful exploits will compromise the application and possibly the underlying computer. Failed attacks will cause denial-of-service conditions.
IN FULL:
http://www.symantec.com/security_response/vulnerability.jsp?bid=51933

Finally added Facebook and other media share links to BlueCollarPC

Finally added Facebook and other media share links to BlueCollarPC….

From the beginning, Facebook was kind of frowned on for security/privacy issues. They have come a long way. We did not want our site pulling down information and so have also tested things and the best is up to each Facebook user to control all content via the privacy/security settings.

With PC Security the major issue aside of learning how to efficiently use a Windows PC, it is important to have trusted sites and their content available as widespread as possible considering there are hundreds of millions computers in use. With convenient simple enough plug ins now added at BlueCollarPC.US – this should help that Community effort. Share what is important to you and of course you know needed for others to see.

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Great Test News for Comodo Free Antivirus

Great Test News for Comodo Free Antivirus

Comodo Shows Biggest Improvement in Antivirus Tests PC Magazine
Malware writers keep working to make their nasty products evade detection by … To evaluate an antivirus product’s protection against malware attack, AV-Test …
http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/security-software/314185-comodo-shows-biggest-improvement-in-antivirus-tests

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Comodo Free Anti Virus Software Internet Security 5* (FULL)
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Free Antivirus Software from Comodo eliminates viruses, spyware, and other malware from desktops and networks fighting against Internet security threats. Full Real Time Protection !
PRESS: Great News !
Comodo Internet Security Earns the Prestigious VB100 Virus Certification
HostReview.com (press release) April 14, 2011
http://www.hostreview.com/news/110414-comodo-internet-security-earns-prestigious-vb100-virus-certification

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