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Warning Vista Owner's, you have sold your privacy

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by steven1350, Feb 15, 2007.

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  1. steven1350

    steven1350 Thread Starter

    Jun 3, 2006
    As good as this may sound in a sense, windows vista comes with an anti-piracy thingy that basically watches everything you download, and if it's not a legimate copy of something, (any software via file-sharing networks and stuff) Vista will automatically report you to their servers, which eventually contact your ISP (know this from personal experience, and its also mentioned in this article)

    "There is a policeman in every copy of Vista trying to stop you from doing what you want, not help you do what you want. And that's a new thing," says Danny O'Brien of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a cyber-advocacy group.

    So watch out for watch out what you are downloading, because Microsoft is always watching your every move, so kiss your privacy goodbye.
  2. downtime


    Oct 21, 2002
    Vista owners? Apparently, we don't actually own it, but that's another matter. When you go to windows update with XP, they scan your registry. If you know much about the registry, it's been doing that since 98 at least. The registry keeps track of the location and name of pretty much any file on your pc, and all the hardware. So the only real difference is that now they're contacting your ISP? I figure we kissed our privacy goodbye when we started using computers on the internet. If I click on your link, the second page seems to require me to register. So they want to know who I am before they tell me how I'm being spied upon?
  3. Whiteninja89


    May 10, 2004
    Couldn't you install a 3rd party firewall to prevent that?
    How does vista know if some software program is pirated or not?
    I tried vista but didn't really get that far into it, like installing programs and such
  4. uhaligani

    uhaligani Guest

    Apr 6, 2006
    I failed to find this in the article.

    "There is a policeman in every copy of Vista trying to stop you from doing what you want, not help you do what you want."

    his is an interpretation. If used correctly, Vista stops you from nothing, - it warns you and in most cases refers you to the Administrator for permission. It is quite easy to set yourself up as the Administrator and avoid these "nags" Many users have been doing this "unconciously, for years, with XP. It is merely interpreted more rigorously in Vista, in order to protect the innocent.

    " Microsoft is always watching your every move, "

    I am a paid up member of Technet and Connect, Yet still get Emails from them repeating what they should already know concerning my previous downloads etc, so, at least at this stage, their Dbase is not too efficient.

    My ISP, in a very liberal country, could possible bring to the attention of the policing authorities, such large use of, for example, child porn sites or pirated music sites. Other than that, they are very busy and I doubt that they would investigate each and every software download, to test it's legitimacy. They would, in any case, without then contacting the producer of the software, have no way of knowing if it was legitimate or not.

    I am a convinced Vista user. It has been my OS of choice since RC2. I am running, in some cases, very early XP software, including some very small but useful utilities. To date I have had no interference from Vista (Microsoft) as to the use of these, possibly (in the opinion of Vista) harmful programs.
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