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Some Thoughts About That 'Personal' Daemon In Windows 10

Posted By: Watchman
Date: Tuesday, 16-Aug-2016 11:24:55

When I first saw Mr. Spock talking to the Enterpriseís computer, I thought it was so cool. I still do. But the more I look at Cortana, Windows 10ís inherent virtual assistant, the more creeped out I get.

Letís start with Cortanaís fundamental lust for your data. When itís working as your virtual assistant itís collecting your every keystroke and spoken syllable. It does this so it can be more helpful to you. If you donít like that, well, youíve got more problems than just Cortana. Google Now and Apple Siri do the same things. And itís not just virtual assistants; every cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) does this to one degree or another ó Google Docs, Office 365, whatever.

But Cortana doesnít stop there. With the recently released Windows 10 Anniversary Update, hereafter Windows 10 SP1, you canít shut Cortana off.

Maybe you donít mind Microsoft listening to your every word so it can catch when you say, ďHey, Cortana.Ē I do. Yes, I want the coolness factor of being able to talk to my computer. But I want the reassurance that itís not listening when I donít need it to be. I want a simple on/off switch. Windows 10 SP1 doesnít have one. This is interesting, though: Windows 10 Education does. Microsoft apparently is willing to respect the privacy of students. The rest of us? Not so much.

What you can do in Windows 10 SP1 is cripple Cortana when you install the operating system. But Cortana then becomes no more than a front end to Microsoftís Bing search engine. You lose the ability to talk to your computer. Youíll no longer be able to tell Windows 10 to get you an Uber or tell you how the Chicago Cubs did today.

If youíre anti-Cortana, donít install Windows 10 SP1 with ďExpress settings.Ē Instead, follow the steps described by Jared Newman in PC World. You will make Windows 10 less useful but a lot more private. If youíre not comfortable with Cortana collecting your contacts, location, calendar data, and text and email content and communication history, youíll want to do this. Donít, though, if you want the full Cortana experience and you donít mind Microsoft collecting everything except your car keys.

And maybe you donít. Many of us are reconciled to the mantra of the internet economy: ďIf youíre not paying for it, you are the product.Ē Companies such as Facebook and Google give all their free social and search goodies in return for our web history, which they then transform into cash with targeted advertising. And as for Microsoft, it makes a point of saying Cortana doesnít do that. Why do I not feel reassured?

Now that I think of it, though, you canít (easily) get Windows 10 for free anymore. So you get to pay Microsoft with both cash ($199.99 for Windows 10 Pro) and your data. Oh boy!

Microsoft also claims that Windows 10 SP1 is safer than ever, which I find even less assuring than the promise not to exploit all that Cortana data. Think about this: You can use Cortana from the lock screen. Thatís right; Cortana is active and listening to when your PC is locked. Well, itís supposed to be locked, but if itís able to listen, how locked down is it, really? Not very!

Microsoft calls this a feature that gives you the ability to ask your PC simple questions without logging in. But I call anything that lets me input data into a PC without being logged into it a bug. Itís a security hole begging to be exploited. Windows, which God knows has had more than enough security problems, now has a new attack surface.

Fortunately, you can fix this one easily. Just open Cortanaís Settings and turn off the ďUse Cortana even when my device is locked.Ē

By the way, Microsoft always claims that Windows is new and improved and more secure than ever. And yet, if you look at any significant Windows patch report, you will notice that every major bug affects every supported version of Windows. Shouldnít the new and improved Windows 10 be immune from the bugs that affect Windows 7, 8 and 8.1? Itís funny how they seem to slug every version of Windows.I like Microsoft a lot more than I used to, but Iím not ready to trust it with everything and the virtual kitchen sink. So I followed Newmanísadvice when installing the OS. Iím afraid I will never be as cool as Spock.

I should note that, if your distrust of Microsoft exceeds mine, you can rip into your operating systemís guts and totally disable Cortana. You need to beware, though, because it involves going in deep, to places where itís really way too easy to foul up Windows. In killing Cortana, you could end up seeing a lot more Windows crashes.

In Windows 10 Pro, you type gpedit.msc into the Start menu. Head down to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search. Once there, double-click on Allow Cortana to toggle it to Disable Cortana. Log off and back on, and youíre done.

In Windows 10 Home, open the registry with regedit and head to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search

Next, right-click the Windows Search folder and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name this new DWORD AllowCortana and set it at 0. Now log off and reboot your computer.

Let me reiterate: If any of that sounds mysterious, donít do it.

And, you know, why should you have to? Why canít Microsoft just make it easy to turn off Cortana? Iíd appreciate it.

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3106863/microsoft-windows/cortana-the-spy-in-windows-10.html





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