Windows 8 to keep track of your PC software usage

Here’s a new rather controversial feature of the upcoming Windows 8 OS – every time you install a program Windows 8 will connect to Microsoft servers and will report to the company what you have installed.

Sounds like Big Brother, right? Indeed so. Microsoft however says the new feature is an expansion of the already existing in Internet Explorer 9 SmartScreen technology. The technology works as follows – it checks whether a certain web site is listed with Microsoft as legitimate and then allows you to view it.

Windows 8 Logo

Now with Windows 8 SmartScreen has evolved into something larger – the technology is now a system-wide defense mechanism that is enabled by default and tracks every program and application installation on every PC. It then checks its legitimacy with Microsoft but this time it also sends your IP address to the software company. Thus from now on Microsoft will know which IP address runs which software given you run Windows 8. If the check is good you are allowed to proceed, if not then you get a warning that your PC might be at risk. If there’s no Internet connection you also get a warning saying SmartScreen cannot be reached at the moment.

The problem is that Microsoft will get to know an awful lot about an awful lot of people and such information is easy to land into government hands, which means someone out there will know what you like, what you view, what you play, where on the Internet you go and what software you run.

Creepy, right?


Source: Extremetech

Related posts

Avexir debuts Blitz 1.1 DDR3 memory

Avexir is not the most popular name when it comes to computer memory but indeed this is a well known memory maker in Taiwan, bold enough to start selling some really interesting DDR3 memory on the European market. The company now sells the Blitz 1.1 computer memory in speeds that range...

Zopo prepares three new smartphones

Zopo prepares three new smartphones

The Chinese smartphone maker Zopo will soon continue the trend of having more and more budget smartphones on the market. This company now works on three new cheap handsets that are known as F2, F5 and C3. Their nature cannot be hidden – they are all based on the MediaTek MT6737 quad-core...

Sony announced a new PSP Lilac bundle to be released in July

New PSP bundles coming in 2009, including an Assassin’s Creed PSP Entertainment Pack and a Hannah Montana PSP Entertainment Pack, which includes a new Lilac PSP. COTTSDALE, Ariz., February 24, 2009--At its annual retail and publisher conference Destination PlayStation®, Sony Computer...

Leave a comment