Windows 10 Upgrade
Microsoft is in the process of releasing their new Windows 10 Operating System (OS).
Major OS upgrades usually cause confusion among end-users, and this is no exception. Microsoft plans to upgrade over 1 billion computers, which is sure to cause mass panic and confusion.
This is a free upgrade, and promises to fix problems with earlier versions, and claims to be more secure.
However, in addition to the CyberCriminals’ campaigns to trick potential victims out of their money and information, the Windows 10 Upgrade isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Personally, I would hold off on upgrading my PC until a lot more field-testing has been completed.
Here are a few good reasons NOT to rush into the Win10 Upgrade:
- Some of the new features like the “Windows Update Delivery Optimization” (WUDO), which works like torrents do. It makes your Win10 machine part of a peer-to-peer network, delivering Win10 to other users using your bandwidth.
- The new “Wi-Fi Sense” makes Wi-Fi more available and accessible. So in theory, anyone who wanted access to your company network could befriend an employee or 2, park in your office parking lot (to be in range), then gain access to your wireless network. See ‘The Hacker News‘ article on exactly this: http://thehackernews.com/2015/08/windows-10-update.html.
- Win10 also grabs all information it can get, making this version incredibly intrusive. To disable this: open “Settings”, click on “Privacy”. You’ll have to make your way through 13 (no, not a typo) painful screens, until you get where you want. You’ll want to disable anything you see as worrying. You’ll want to adjust what types of data each app on that box can access.
Before you install any new software on your PC, you’ll want to do a little research and make sure you know all the benefits, AND the pitfalls of the software.
You can’t stop CyberCriminals from targeting your company or employees.
But you can be prepared for their arrival, and have full shield up.