Windows 10

Windows 10 flaw allowed attackers to open malicious websites… even if your PC was locked

You may think your Windows 10 computer is locked, but is it really?

Israeli researchers have discovered a way of just using voice commands to make locked Windows 10 computers visit a website under the control of malicious hackers… and potentially install malware.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Fooling Windows 10 facial authentication with a photo

Unlocking your computer with a smile might save you four seconds, but you might be in danger of losing a lot more by relying solely on your face for security.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Gatekeeper-like feature for Windows 10 only allows apps to be installed from the Microsoft Store

A new feature could see Windows 10 behaving like Apple’s Gatekeeper by blocking app installations that occur outside the Microsoft Store.

David Bisson reports.

If you’re going to use Windows, it makes security sense to use Windows 10

Wouldn’t it be great if modern operating systems hardened their defences, and did a better job in the first place at protecting against these types of security issues even when they are unknown?

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Microsoft rethinks Windows 10 upgrade push following complaints

Dave Lee at BBC News reports: In recent months, in an apparent bid to accelerate adoption of Windows 10, Microsoft altered the way it asked users if they wanted to upgrade. It gave the Windows 10 update “recommended” status, normally reserved for critical security updates. If when prompted to update to Windows 10 users clicked

Unwanted Windows 10 update wins woman $10,000 from Microsoft

The Seattle Times reports: A few days after Microsoft released Windows 10 to the public last year, Teri Goldstein’s computer started trying to download and install the new operating system. The update, which she says she didn’t authorize, failed. Instead, the computer she uses to run her Sausalito, Calif., travel-agency business slowed to a crawl.

Microsoft has a dirty little Windows 10 upgrade trick up its sleeve

Microsoft accused of using dirty tricks to make computer users upgrade to Windows 10.

How to review your privacy on Windows 10

Guest contributor Yasin Soliman offers some tips on how you can make sure that you have properly configured Windows 10 to protect your privacy.

Microsoft sneaks nagging Windows 10 ads into critical security patch

Microsoft really really wants your business to upgrade to Windows 10 as soon as possible. But maybe sneaking adverts into security patches in order to shame sysadmins isn’t the right approach…

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender Business Insights blog.

Microsoft tackles Windows 10 privacy concerns, explains what types of data it collects

Finally, Microsoft attempts to set the record straight about privacy concerns revolving around Windows 10.

David Bisson reports.

Microsoft tracks Windows 7 and 8 users, harvesting more data

Security researchers have discovered that four recent updates to the Windows 7 and 8 operating systems allow Microsoft to collect a variety of usage information.

Windows 10 continually rebooting? It could be a buggy update

Microsoft had a noble aim with making security updates mandatory for home users of Windows, but there is always the danger that a buggy update will end up causing more problems than it aimed to fix.

Beware! Windows 10 might reveal your porn stash to your wife

Thinking of upgrading to Windows 10?

Be careful it doesn’t result in your partner finding out about your porn collection…

Windows 10 uses your bandwidth to help strangers download updates

Have you updated your computer to Windows 10 yet?

If so, one hopes you’re aware of one of its less well-known features – that could mean that your internet bandwidth and data plan is being used to help complete strangers download their updates.

Windows 10: Microsoft assumes your consent in sharing your Wi-Fi, even if you don’t use Windows 10

Yes, Microsoft provides a way for you to avoid opening up your home Wi-Fi to strangers – but why isn’t that the default?

Windows 10: You might be wise to wait before upgrading

Many people are saying that Windows 10 is better than Windows 7 and Windows 8 – but if it ain’t broke, why fix it?

Instead, let millions of other Microsoft Windows users upgrade before you.