Microsoft exec says company has never been asked to backdoor a product

Discussion in 'privacy general' started by Minimalist, Jul 25, 2014.

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  1. Veeshush

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  2. Paranoid Eye

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    thanks anyone else have any thoughts regarding if its really unsafe and unwise to use Windows os ?
     
  3. noone_particular

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    That depends. How important is your privacy to you? Are you OK with the fact that Windows has a record of everything you've ever used? Every document you've opened? Every page you've visited? Every device you've ever hooked to it? Are you comfortable with it having ports open that can't be closed? Just because there isn't a publicly known means of exploiting the services behind those ports at this time, do you feel that they're not exploitable? Are you comfortable with the fact that the only thing preventing those open ports from being exposed to the web is a router? Does it matter that those routers are easily exploited and may be made hackable deliberately? If none of this bothers you, by all means use Microsofts latest and greatest.
     
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    Thanks that is one definite way to put it!

    I am about to post on the unix section if any Linux distros or LUKs supports hidden os feature but got a bad feeling the answers no already!
     
  5. noone_particular

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    In the first prism-break link that Veeshush posted, did you notice this at the bottom of the page and the links in it?
     
  6. Palancar

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    Linux. Learning curve wasn't that tough. Of course opinions on the "flavor" will run into dozens of options. I am learning to really like Ubuntu 14.04, which has quite a bit of stuff loaded already. You can download and try it for FREE without even installing it if you want to. Just boot it up from a DVD or USB and run it LIVE to try it out. The live disk won't change anything on your hard drive and if you decide to install it there is an option for that on the desktop of the live disk. Its just under a Gig so it comes down on my end in under 56 minutes. Easy to take a look and FREE is always nice. Good support.
     
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    Thanks although I do note prism website does not advise ubuntu due to that amazon advert thingy built in.

    Sadly it looks like linux encryption is still behind compared to windows based encryption which has truecrypt and other software which gives hidden os feature something important for better PD.

    Perhaps like some do is run Windows and then Virtual machines with unbuntu and other distros giving bit more flexibility with privacy and security ?
     
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    lol That's a good one! You're such a joker :)
     
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    "Microsoft exec says company has never been asked to backdoor a product"
    With MS you don't even have to ask ;)
     
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    Lmao so true. Don't forget to add "ordered" by the court of law.
     
  11. Syobon

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    and pigs fly.
     
  12. tuatara

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    see the homepage of www.lavabit.com: "I would _strongly_ recommend against anyone trusting their private data to a company with physical ties to the United States".
    http://news.softpedia.com/news/Goog...Data-to-US-Intelligence-Agencies-215740.shtml
    http://www.zdnet.com/blog/igenerati...riot-act-can-access-eu-based-cloud-data/11225
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jun/06/us-tech-giants-nsa-data
    Google, Microsoft, Apple etc were named specifically by Snowden in The Prism revelations ,
    Google was of course cought while http://www.tomsguide.com/us/Google-Street-View,news-6816.html
    And apart from the agencies that can listen in via Microsoft on its OS, Microsoft Windows has of course other serious spyware problems:|
    even with their udates, "Some" malware, spyware or trojan can slip through: http://www.av-test.org/en/statistics/malware/
    this is of course what av-test.org has gathered, the real numbers must be much higher.
    It is nice that Google and Microsoft, Yahoo etc. are working on their image with this email encryption.
    But a clever user will understand, that many millions of email accounts with all their disk space, for free must ring a bell.
    And the fact that most European countries, have decided not to store data in their storage anymore.
    In Germany the largest email providers decided to encrypt all data for German users, they call it email made in Germany: http://e-mail-made-in-germany.de/ most Germans ( > 90%) are using his mail. At this moment, these biggest mail providers in Germany, stopped with allowing any NON-German users to open an account there. This in response on the Snowden revelations and the spying on Angela Merkel. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/24/angela-merkel-nsa-spying-allies-not-on .. The Germans have bad memories about being spied on in the past (Stasi) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stasi
     
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