Windows 10 – Installing, Configuration, Privacy and Security Issues

So, you’ve got your shiny new installation of Windows 10 installed on your Windows 7 or Windows 8 computer–and all for free no less–complements Redmond Washington’s premier high-tech entity.

The World Loves Windows 10

The current consensus seems to be that the new OS is extremely popular with praises and accolades from bloggers and journalists across the cyberworld expressing their pleasure with adjectives like glorious, amazing and fantastic. There has been to date 14 million downloads and installations of the new OS according to Wired Magazine. The OS is described by most to be one of the fastest and snappiest OS every released by Microsoft. Additionally, it is said to be much more user friendly, smoother and less prone to freezing. With this kind of initial release response, we realize we very well may be in for a new error of computing from the kind of personal computer operating systems.

We Love Windows 10

We also took the Win 10 plunge and upgraded to the new OS on our main development workstations loaded with such high end programs as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Premier Pro, Edge Animate, Flash Professional and Dreamweaver. While this seems like a risky endeavor for a newly released OS, we are happy to announce that we have experienced a very favorable and similar experience as numerous others reporting back on Windows 10. In addition to the slicker performance, we noticed a very welcomed improvement, longer battery life with the laptop workstations.

In taking this plunge we figured if MS was releasing the OS to such a broad audience through free upgrade download, they must have done their homework. It appears—-at this point—-they have.

Windows 10 privacy issues and configuration concerns

Long Awaited and Needed Upgrade

This upgrade has been long-awaited, and quite honestly, much needed (due to some bothersome Windows 8 issues). The free release is fueling a significant amount of excitement across the internet. But there are some important issues you should be aware about the new operating system prior to installing.

Windows 10 Launch and Pre-Release Program

Windows 10 launched on July 29 via a direct upgrade program to existing Windows 7 and Windows 8 uses who previously accepted Microsoft’s invitation via Windows Update. Microsoft was being careful on this OS upgrade, releasing to a limited audience first of 5 million or more who signed up for OS downloads and testing through the Microsoft Insider Preview program.

You can do an automatic update directly from Windows 7 or Windows 8 if you pre-selected being part of the initial release group. If you waited until after the release, you may have to wait for a certain amount of additional time for the structured release to allow your computer to download the files through automatic updates. Your computer will then go through the download at a time when MS decides it is best for your machine.

Privacy Concerns and Wi-Fi Passwords Exposed

It’s important to notethat there may be a rather hefty price to pay for all of this free (to registered owners of previous versions of Windows), wonderful smooth and trouble-free computing power—privacy! There are some important configuration settings you are presented with on the initial install to work through very closely in order to protect your privacy and understand the scope this new OS reports back to Microsoft and releases your Wi-Fi passwords to friends and contacts.

New Way of Doing Business – Spyware OS?

You should first understand that this OS is an entirely new way of doing business in 2015 digital age. This OS allows for a tremendous amount of information gathering and outright privacy concerns unseen in previous versions. Windows 10 appears to be, by default, essentially spying on everything you do

Wi-Fi Sense Shares Your Wi-Fi Password Automatically

The one disconcerting feature, from our perspective, is where Windows 10 actually shares your Wi-Fi passwords with others in your Outlook contact list, Skype contacts, Hotmail contacts and even Facebook friends when they are in range. This new feature is called Wi-Fi Sense. It is actually not new but has been a feature build into the Windows Phone OS for a while. It has not received much detail as the Windows phone OS is a minor player among Android and IOS.

What Can I do to Improve Privacy?

Before you revert to your old version of windows out of total disgust from losing all sense of privacy, it’s important to know that there are settings to get you back to some sense of normalcy prior to the seemingly dystopia world of George Orwell.

You will find most of the settings concerning privacy by going to Settings and then click Privacy. There are 13 various screens you’ll want to go through it ensure you are not on a road to total transparency. We realize thirteen is a big number simply for privacy, but they tend to go pretty fast once you get started.Everyone has different concerns and preferences, so you’ll have to go through all of the screens to see what you can and can’t live with. Most are self-explanatory, but we’ll go through a few of the more important ones here.