Another round of privacy related hysteria has started around Windows 10 recently. Many users use various tricks to turn off telemetry and data collection which is sent back to Microsoft servers. Once these tweaks are applied, such users feel themselves relatively safe. However, it has come to be known that even if you disable telemetry, Windows 10 continues to connect to Microsoft's servers and sends some data there. This happens also in editions like Windows 10 Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) where it can be officially disabled.
The results were completely unexpected:
Here is the roughly 8-hour network traffic analysis of 5508 connection attempts of an unused, base install of Windows 10 Enterprise
His DD-WRT software detected around 4,000 connection attempts to 93 different IP addresses during an 8 hour period from Windows 10. Almost all of them were related to Microsoft services and servers! If the enterprise edition of Windows 10 collects and sends so much data despite turning off the telemetry and data collection features, then the situation for non-enterprise editions can be much worse.
Here is a little snippet from the huge list collected by "CheesusCrust":
Most people who are not happy with this Windows 10 feature are avoiding its upgrade offer by using various tricks like this Registry tweak. Others completely disable Windows Update in Windows 8 and Windows 7 to make sure that some update will not force Windows 10 on them.
There is a category of users who actually like Windows 10 but they are not happy with its tracking features. These users use third party apps, Registry tweaks or Windows Firewall to guard their privacy. If you do this, you might be interested in inspecting the list provided by CheesusCrust and making your own telemetry block list.
In the comments, share with us what steps you took to defeat telemetry in Windows 10. Also tell us what made you install Windows 10 and what benefits you get from this OS. I am also interested in listening to users from the opposite camp and see what their reasons are for sticking with a previous version of Windows.
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