Friday, August 28, 2015


In case you've been wondering about those rumors that Microsoft is copying your hard drive and spying on you, I've shared here (below) a link to the latest news on the subject.

Keep in mind that whenever you sign into any service online (email, music, banking, shopping, photos, Facebook, backups) you're exposing your data and your identity, with the potential of it being accessed by hackers, company employees, and your Internet Service Provider.

In Microsoft's case, they it clear anything that passes through their servers or stored for you by them (OneDrive, Hotmail, Outlook, Office apps) would be subject to access by authorities in DEFINED EXTREME SITUATIONS. And, by the way - you get the same terms of service when you use Yahoo, Google/Gmail, Dropbox, Pandora, Amazon, your banks and other financial institutions.

Bottom line? If you don't want to take the chance that somebody, somewhere, might read it, see it, take it or share it, don't let it out of your control. Better yet, don't create it in the first place. Forensics, and all.

Monday, August 24, 2015


Try to resist a while longer. Microsoft is pushing out regular fixes for many bugs they continue to uncover, and it's just not ready for the general public yet.
If you're using Windows 7, there's no compelling reason to install Windows 10. It's still a major change from what you're used to, and while not as horrific as Windows 8/8.1, it's still a Big Unknown. Windows 10 was developed as a response to the masses who just hated Windows 8 and 8.1, with an attempt to make it look and work more like Windows 7. If you're already using Windows 7... why would you "upgrade" to an operating system that's only trying to emulate what you already have?
If you're using Windows 8/8.1 and hate it, waiting a few more months will mostly likely pay off. Unless you enjoy constantly installing urgent fixes, learning how to do things differently, and making sure you have EVERYTHING you don't want to lose backed up two different ways.
Stay tuned - I'll let you know when upgrading to Windows 10 is finally a reasonable option.
Please share with everyone who's asked you about messages pressuring them into letting Windows 10 install.
Cathy Contant 315-573-4905