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'''Microsoft Windows''' is a widely used closed source [[operating system]].
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'''[[Microsoft]] Windows''' is a widely used, insecure,<ref>https://reclaimthenet.org/bill-gates-encryption/</ref> closed source [[operating system]]. The most commonly used alternative is [[Linux]].
  
 
==Windows NT==
 
==Windows NT==
In August 1999 Andrew D. Fernandes of Cryptonym Corporation discovered a variable in Windows NT 4 Service Pack 5 (which had been released unstripped of its symbolic debugging data) entitled "{{t|_[[NSA]]KEY}}". Microsoft stated that this was "simply an unfortunate name" connected to NSA export control and denied that it was a [[backdoor]] for the [[NSA]].<ref>http://web.archive.org/web/20000520001558/http://www.microsoft.com/security/bulletins/backdoor.asp</ref>
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In August 1999 Andrew D. Fernandes of Cryptonym Corporation discovered a variable in Windows NT 4 Service Pack 5 (which had been released unstripped of its symbolic debugging data) entitled "{{t|_[[NSA]]KEY}}". Microsoft stated that this was "simply an unfortunate name" connected to NSA export control and denied that it was a [[backdoor]] for the [[NSA]].<ref>http://web.archive.org/web/20000520001558/http://www.microsoft.com/security/bulletins/backdoor.asp</ref> The independent computer security  specialist [[Bruce Schneier]] did take a similar stand on the issue, basically confirming that it is rather unlikely that "NSAKEY" is part of a backdoor.<ref>[https://www.schneier.com/crypto-gram/archives/1999/0915.html#NSAKeyinMicrosoftCryptoAPI  NSA Key in Microsoft Crypto API?] saved at [http://web.archive.org/web/20150326063749/https://www.schneier.com/crypto-gram/archives/1999/0915.html#NSAKeyinMicrosoftCryptoAPI Archive.org] and [http://archive.is/https://www.schneier.com/crypto-gram/archives/1999/0915.html Archive.is]</ref>
  
 
==Windows 10==
 
==Windows 10==
* [[Mass surveillance]]  
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* [[Mass surveillance]]
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Microsoft had renewed its Privacy Policy and Service Agreement a couple of days after the launch of Windows 10. The organisation [[European Digital Rights]] (EDRi) did copy the text from both documents over into a text editor and ended with 45 pages of text to analyze: "Summing up these 45 pages, one can say that Microsoft basically grants itself very broad rights to collect everything you do, say and write with and on your devices in order to sell more targeted advertising or to sell your data to third parties. The company appears to be granting itself the right to share your data either with your consent “or as necessary”."<ref>[https://edri.org/microsofts-new-small-print-how-your-personal-data-abused/  Microsoft’s new small print – how your personal data is (ab)used] saved at [http://web.archive.org/web/20150729063056/https://edri.org/microsofts-new-small-print-how-your-personal-data-abused/ Archive.org] and [http://archive.is/qLRZx Archive.is]</ref> Owing to stronger privacy laws in the European Union, data protection authorities in Germany, France, Netherlands, Slovenia, Hungary, Spain and Great Britain had to look into the data sending behavior of Windows 10, concluding that it is possible to end most data transfer with the enterprise version, if not all.<ref>[https://www.lda.bayern.de/media/pm2017_06.pdf  Prüfung von Windows 10 im Unternehmensumfeld] saved at [http://web.archive.org/web/20171107011332/https://www.lda.bayern.de/media/pm2017_06.pdf Archive.org]</ref>
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<ref>[https://www.lda.bayern.de/media/windows_10_report.pdf  Windows 10 Investigation Report] saved at [http://web.archive.org/web/20170927210831/https://www.lda.bayern.de/media/windows_10_report.pdf Archive.org]</ref> Also in 2015 allegations surfaced that Microsoft had backported the increased data collection to older version of the Windows operating system (7/8) via "recommended" patches/updates.<ref>[https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/08/microsoft-accused-of-adding-spy-features-to-windows-7-8/  Microsoft accused of adding spy features to Windows 7, 8] saved at [http://web.archive.org/web/20171201195552/https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/08/microsoft-accused-of-adding-spy-features-to-windows-7-8/ Archive.org] and [http://archive.is/Ylujv Archive.is]</ref>
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==See also==
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[http://anoniem.org/?https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_Windows_10 Criticism of Windows 10] Wikipedia article, saved at [http://archive.is/NiCUj Archive.is]
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==References==
 
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Latest revision as of 13:45, 29 July 2020

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A closed source operating system.

Microsoft Windows is a widely used, insecure,[1] closed source operating system. The most commonly used alternative is Linux.

Windows NT

In August 1999 Andrew D. Fernandes of Cryptonym Corporation discovered a variable in Windows NT 4 Service Pack 5 (which had been released unstripped of its symbolic debugging data) entitled "_NSAKEY". Microsoft stated that this was "simply an unfortunate name" connected to NSA export control and denied that it was a backdoor for the NSA.[2] The independent computer security specialist Bruce Schneier did take a similar stand on the issue, basically confirming that it is rather unlikely that "NSAKEY" is part of a backdoor.[3]

Windows 10

Microsoft had renewed its Privacy Policy and Service Agreement a couple of days after the launch of Windows 10. The organisation European Digital Rights (EDRi) did copy the text from both documents over into a text editor and ended with 45 pages of text to analyze: "Summing up these 45 pages, one can say that Microsoft basically grants itself very broad rights to collect everything you do, say and write with and on your devices in order to sell more targeted advertising or to sell your data to third parties. The company appears to be granting itself the right to share your data either with your consent “or as necessary”."[4] Owing to stronger privacy laws in the European Union, data protection authorities in Germany, France, Netherlands, Slovenia, Hungary, Spain and Great Britain had to look into the data sending behavior of Windows 10, concluding that it is possible to end most data transfer with the enterprise version, if not all.[5] [6] Also in 2015 allegations surfaced that Microsoft had backported the increased data collection to older version of the Windows operating system (7/8) via "recommended" patches/updates.[7]

See also

Criticism of Windows 10 Wikipedia article, saved at Archive.is



References