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May 28, 2018

What is GDPR ?

What is GDPR ? The acronym stands for General Data Protection Regulation. It is a new data protection law, which came in to effect on May 25th, 2018. Let us explain what the law is and why it is important in layman’s terms.

By now, you must have noticed a ton of emails in your Inbox, from various companies and software developers, which state something like “We are changing our privacy policy”. What is all this about anyway?

The EC (European Commission) proposed a new  set of rules in the European Union to protect the privacy of users, in 2012. That is just about when the smartphone boom began, and everyone went digital thanks to the portable [...]

 
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February 27, 2016

O&O ShutUp10 is a free app to secure your privacy in Windows 10

Windows 10 is inching towards being the most popular operating system in the World.

While it may take a year or two, or perhaps more to achieve the landmark, more and more people are upgrading to the new operating system.

Many are worried however, that Windows 10 sends many error logs to Microsoft’s servers to improve the quality of the operating system. And then there is the issue with personal infromation like Calendar info, and contact info, being shared by apps like Cortana, to remind you about your appointments, travelling route, etc.

These telemetry practices, are unpopular amongst those who value their privacy. Fortunately most of these [...]

 
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October 6, 2015

Microsoft websites found to display user profile information in plaintext

Most of use Microsoft’s web services like Outlook.com, OneDrive and many more.

But did you know that services which we love and use everyday are actually putting the user profile at risk?

This is what a blogger has found and reported to the Redmond company. Before we move on, here’s a brief description about how websites use information to identify users.

When you use a web service, packets of data are transmitted to and fro, between your device and the server it connects to. Similarly, when you log on to a website, the username password combination, is authenticated through a virtual handshake, after which you are allowed to use the web [...]

 
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September 29, 2015

Microsoft assures that Windows 10 does not step on user’s privacy

Windows 10, though two months old officially, is still one of the hottest topics discussed amongst PC users all over the World.

And not every topic is about the cool and unique features of the operating system.

Windows 10 has been the target of scrutiny, for many missing and unpopular features. But more importantly, Microsoft has been slammed by users and security experts worldwide for the data and personal information collected by Windows 10’s default settings.

Yes, most of the flak is directed towards the digital personal assistant, Cortana. While the app and the service is useful and quite intelligent when it comes to responses, it does involve a [...]

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