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
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.” …..



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Choose InPrivate Browsing, Incognito mode, disallows web browsing activity stored

Choose InPrivate Browsing, Incognito browser mode disallows web browsing activity stored. And we will discuss why this is extremely important in today’s in-secure world wide web concerning malware, hackers, account break-ins etc.
InPrivate Browsing – Microsoft Windows – Windows – Microsoft
Learn how Internet Explorer 9 helps keep your browsing activity private.
Keep your information to yourself with InPrivate Browsing
Sometimes you don’t want to leave a trace of your web browsing activity on your computer. Whether it’s shopping for a gift on a shared PC or checking an account at an Internet café, you don’t want to leave any evidence of your browsing or search history for others to see.
InPrivate Browsing helps prevent your browsing history, temporary Internet files, form data, cookies, and user names and passwords from being retained by the browser. You can start InPrivate Browsing from the Safety menu, by pressing Ctrl+Shift+P, or from the New Tab page. Internet Explorer will launch a new browser session that won’t keep any information about webpages you visit or searches you perform. Closing the browser window will end your InPrivate Browsing session.
Private Browsing (Choose Firefox Setting)- Browse the web without saving information
When using a shared computer, Private Browsing is great for viewing websites without saving stuff like cookies, temp files and a history of the pages you visit.
Incognito mode (browse in private) – Chrome Help
Incognito mode (browse in private). For times when you want to browse in stealth mode, Google Chrome offers the incognito browsing mode.
Privacy mode – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Privacy mode or “private browsing”, sometimes informally referred to as “porn mode”, is a term that refers to privacy features in some web browsers. Historically speaking, web browsers store information such as browsing history, images, videos and text within cache. In contrast, privacy mode can be enabled so that the browser does not store this information for selected browsing sessions.
Netbooks: Reading about netbooks and found the Temporary Internet Files areas actually tear up usage on netbooks as far as even slightly diminishing life of product. So for netbooks it is ALWAYS best to use In Private Browsing / Incognito etc. Netbooks as meaning PCs with Solid State Drives as opposed to regular Desktops, Notebooks, and Laptops with conventional physical computer Disk Drives. Basically was saying (looking for link) this burns up memory components just a tad faster on SSD (solid state drives) I guess which includes desktop models as ThinkPad ?
You can view here our discussion which began with the question “Where do I find the Temporary Internet Files folder in Windows?”
One of the ways I found it back in the XP years was running a Disk Clean Up. When that finished and popped up the panel to choose what to clean up – it also had the click to View These Files, which was the Temporary Internet Files. That was way back in the XP years like 2001-2 when the very, very first adware and spyware threats were being discovered. You can see like all the little picture icons and images from pages visited, cookies files, other graphics images, and on and on. Point was that spyware could see these that easy too. They could now put together the plan for the ID/Card Theft route by seeing financial sites visited and so on. Original form of what today is called Social Engineering – whereby today unfortunately too many times, chatty-cathys/freds just blurp out all the information publically like at Facebook etc etc etc. OMG!
TRY: – open IE (Internet Explorer) and click Tools > Internet Options > General tab > Settings > View Files ….. there they are.
NOTE If you click View Objects – there would be what is called Downloaded Program Files which was an age old malware haunt whereby you might find a malicious used ActiveX item that would/could have correlating files and keys in WindowsSystem32 and the Registry. Generally from a trojan. If there were items there, these can be identified by right clicking Properties (will not cause execution of malware) and if they are not familiar items with descriptions such as like Java stuff and other valid programs like Yahoo Messenger, etc, ActiveX items – then they would generally have no identifiable information. I caught two of them in my lifetime, one which was uniquely discovered with a correlating System32 file(DLL library) but also with the Transparency display coding written in for display, and was “invisible” in a toolbar installed which was actually a malware toolbar. It was redirecting to sites not chosen etc etc etc. Culprit discovered. Invisible BHO type item (Browser Helper Object). In reality it “appeared” as an additional transparent (virtually invisible) radio button on the toolbar but was actually a control type object of a trojan package. SEE
By habit I have learned to delete all these (Temporary Internet Files) actually each time the browser is closed (Internet Explorer) , and even check Don’t Store any of this on other browsers. This area is the Windows “magic” for speed whereby it stores mostly many of the graphics items from a website in the temporary internet files and when the site is visited again, while the page is loading, it puts up those images already downloaded rather then the time to download them again and made displaying the website faster. In effect the PC is used as a server in some degree. Of course this is as archaic as Dial Up days, but is still useful because there are still many areas dial up is all that is available – no broadband/dsl yet. So if not on dial up, I recommend to delete all these all the time everytime the browser closes. You can do that with Internet Explorer here…..
Open IE (Internet Explorer) > Click Tools > Internet Options > click Advanced tab > Scroll down towards bottom and check Empty Temporary Internet Files When Browser Is Closed > click Apply  to save changes and click Okay to close panel. Done.
TIP: Too many users get used to clicking the Stay Signed In to keep the cookies etc to just enter a sign in type website like Yahoo Groups here for instance. That is available just about everywhere you need to be signed in to participate even like financial sites (pay bills etc). In about the last 18 months, cyber criminals are now breaking into systems right through stored cookies in the system. They were breaking into Facebook accounts this way with botnets and other malware payloads. So nowadays it is simply recommended to NEVER store cookies on the computer anywhere, and of course where possible to never even store any type of Internet Temporary Files which includes Java temporary internet files (access settings by double clicking Java icon at Start > Control Panel > Java) .
You can do much of that by using InPrivate Browsing when opening IE and choose that as default with Firefox. Other browsers, similar settings. You just tweak all these little ditty security settings. The point is to attempt to protect all data loss in the event of a malware successfully infecting the system. Any and all of these and much more is comprimised within seconds. So it is safeguarding as much as possible to completely minmize information retreived by an infection. Even the best of the best antimalware products will tell you they are not perfect. Malware can get past the best in the world. Be Prepared.
TIP: …the other tip here as related is to, again, open IE and Internet Options. On the General tab on the panel it has the check box for “Delete Browser History On Exit“. You check this AND the one at Advanced tabs also. BUT – Microsoft ships the system since the beginning with the least amount of these default settings on. Stupid from them. They ship the system with like a 1,000 settings any user can use for what they wish to use their PC for. Way back users would complain – like going back to Windows 95 and even earlier. They wanted things totally untouched to set things up they way they wanted. But they did not have todays malware threats or even dreamed of them yet – so, stone age days.
Clicking “Delete Browser History On Exit” / Apply on the General tab – THEN click DELETE…. it will not do anything yet, but present check boxes for what you want to delete each time the browser closes or is used as a manual deletion time to time according to preference settings employed. HERE is that Microsoft default now where they go the other way AGAINST security and by default have all “Preserve Favorite Websites data” – which will NOT delete those saved cookies for “Keep signed in at this site” etc. You uncheck that as security minded security tweaks in settings across the board. It should be worth the extra second to manually sign in each time and if passwords remembered is problem perhaps a secure trusted Password Manager utility software will serve as “Keep Signed In To This Website”. The other side is if they hack in to the PC and websites are already logged into – well there you are. They can go right into to all accounts WITHOUT passwords!
TRY …. (for a simple click to do all this) …
CCleaner – CCleaner supports the cleaning of temporary and unneeded files from certain …
(very popular, safe, freeware/donate)
ADD FOR FIREFOX…. BetterPrivacy :: Add-ons for Firefox
Customize Firefox, Thunderbird, and other Mozilla products with thousands of … Better Privacy serves to protect against not deletable longterm cookies ….deletes flash cookies that none others generally delete. Cookies should only be given session cookies permissions as a privacy and security issue (cookies have been broken into by malwares) and only if necessary.
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