In recent times this website has been subjected to a barrage of brute force hacking attacks. While the attacks were amateurish, they were nevertheless time and resource wasters. More to the point, we had to introduce additional web site security measures, which may at some point be to the detriment of legitimate users.
We also noted that the data being used for the attacks seemed to have some normality, i.e. user names that had a true ring to them. My suspicion is that they may have been sourced from hacks and data theft elsewhere, Yahoo?
So, everyone wants our private data!
And now, get ready for the next big leap; Put down your coffee and admire the sheer amount of data Windows 10 Creators Update will slurp from your PC
The Register reports
In the Creators Update, aka Windows 10 version 1703, all this information will be collected in Basic mode. A lot of it is to help Microsofties pinpoint the cause of crashes and potential new malware infections, although it includes things like logs of you giving applications administrator privileges via the UAC, battery life readings, firmware version details, details of your hardware down to the color and serial number of the machine, which cell network you're using, and so on.
Then there's the information collected in Full mode, which includes everything in Basic plus your user settings and preferences, your browser choice, lists of your peripherals, the apps you use to edit and view images and videos, how long you use the mouse and keyboard, all the applications you've ever installed, URLs to videos you've watched that triggered an error, URLs to music that triggered an error, time spent reading ebooks, text typed in a Microsoft web browser's address and search bar, URLs visited, visited webpage titles, the words you've spoken to Cortana or had translated to text by the system, your ink strokes, and more.
If we join the dots between what Microsoft is doing and the recent USA Congress decision to allow your data to be sold to third parties, I think there is reason for those who value privacy to be worried.
Now, I know most Australians seem conditioned to share their private data. Many are at "I couldn't care less, because they already know everything about me" position. Nevertheless, I would encourage you to rethink. The more of your private data is out there, the greater the opportunity and likelyhood of identity theft.
What's that? You have nothing to hide, so there's nothing to fear?
PS Consider alternatives: