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There are a few serious problems here. The big problem is that Windows 8 is configured to immediately tell Microsoft about every app you download and install. This is a very serious privacy problem, specifically because Microsoft is the central point of authority and data collection/retention here and therefore becomes vulnerable to being served judicial subpoenas or National Security Letters intended to monitor targeted users. This situation is exacerbated when Windows 8 is deployed in countries experiencing political turmoil or repressive political situations.

This problem can however get even more serious: It may be possible to intercept SmartScreen's communications to Microsoft and thus learn about every single application downloaded and installed by a target.

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Isn't this also already true with Android and iOS?

In fact, both OSes have the ability to forcibly remove applications.
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Erm no it doesnt .... it gives you the OPTION to ... and it was default off to me tongue.gif

(i did some packet captures as well and i couldnt see it *sighs*)

A better source

http://www.withinwindows.com/2012/08/24/thoughts-on-the-windows-smartscreen-scare/
Edited by Ulquiorra - 8/24/12 at 1:45pm
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Its sad to see everyone going to the walled garden approach, users are getting less freedom every day it seems... thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif
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Erm no it doesnt .... it gives you the OPTION to ...
(i did some packet captures as well and i couldnt see it *sighs*)

What did you use, wireshark?
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aye wireshark, ill try again inabit .... (ill reenale smartscreen)
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This could be the doom of windows 8 befor its even out if enugh people knew about it.
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You can disable it, but its on by default.

I really hope people don't buy Windows 8. If people buy it, even if they disable it, Microsoft will see people are fine with it. If you care about computers, please don't buy Windows 8. It's nothing but bad and will doom computers as we know it. Desktops of today will be thrown out the window because of this whole "tablet" "portable" fad.
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Oh HELL NA!!

Bout ta Clap Gates on da Face "WATCHU THINKIN?!"


No Seriously, if you can Disable it , thats atleast a Plus. But I wonder what the overall point to this is. What are they looking to achieve by knowing everything we install?
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You can disable it, but its on by default.
I really hope people don't buy Windows 8. If people buy it, even if they disable it, Microsoft will see people are fine with it. If you care about computers, please don't buy Windows 8. It's nothing but bad and will doom computers as we know it. Desktops of today will be thrown out the window because of this whole "tablet" "portable" fad.


Why shouldnt you use it?


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Just installed deamon tools and there is nothing being sent still ... oh wow another giz fake article yay
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Maybe because some people are...
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