Posts Tagged ‘phone home’

Windows 10 PCs Phone Home Even After Privacy Hardening

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

This might help to explain why Microsoft can afford to essentially give their newest operating system away for free.

When you install Windows 10 on a new PC or upgrade an existing version of Windows to the new operating system, you get the option to customize select preferences or use the defaults instead. If you select to customize, you get the option to disable three pages full of features related to privacy. While that is a good start at limiting Windows 10’s hunger for data, it is nowhere near sufficient to keep the operating system from talking with Microsoft servers regularly.


Comparison of Windows 10 Privacy Tools

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

If you don’t feel like taking the time and trouble to disable Windows 10’s “phone home” features manually, these privacy tools can provide users with a simplified interface for setting up privacy features quickly.

Windows 10 users can modify the operating system’s privacy settings manually, for instance by disabling express setup during installation or upgrade, or by exploring the Privacy section of the new Settings application. While it gives them full control over each setting, it requires prior knowledge of these settings and time to make the changes. Privacy tools help users in this regard but may limit the control these users have over what is happening in the background depending on how the tool works.


Display which Programs Accept or Have Established Internet Connections on Windows

Monday, December 1st, 2014

If you run a lot of freeware on your system and you’ve noticed that your connection is slowing down, then you might want to check this out.

How do you know which programs on Windows have established connections to the Internet or are accepting them? Some programs may reveal the information to you directly while others may not reveal those information to you. This is especially true for shady applications and those that are outright malicious. If you want to know if a program phones home you need to know how to display those information on the system.


Currports, See Which Apps Connect To The Internet

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

I’ve never used Currports myself … but I would be kind of curious to see which of my applications might be trying to “phone home.”

One of the very first posts here at Ghacks was a basic review of Currports. That was in 2005 and a lot has changed since then. Nir Sofer has constantly updated the application, which is now offered as a portable 32-bit and 64-bit program.

Currport lists Internet connections of all applications and services on the system, which can for instance be used for troubleshooting purposes, identifying if an application has a “phone-home” feature implemented, or if malicious software managed to establish an Internet connection.