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

This clearly isn't a pornographic image. Sorry about that.

Reddit user FalloutBoS has posted a salutary warning to others thinking of upgrading to Windows 10: be careful it doesn’t result in your wife finding out about your porn collection.

FalloutBoS says that he installed at the end of last week.

When his wife got up the following morning, the computer was merrily rotating through his carefully curated collection of x-rated images, using the hardcore pics as a screensaver:

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Loaded up WIN 10 last night and left it on to do its thing. Woke up to wife asking why I set it to rotate all my porn images right on the desk top view. I have no idea how to shut that feature off and that computer is staying shut down until I do.

Free windows and a free trip to the doghouse. Thanks Microsoft!!!

Edit: Don’t make my mistake, keep your private pictures out of My Pictures, no matter how deep you hide them in sub folders. My wife is very happy I admitted my mistake on this sub. She said I took my medicine and she now finds it quite funny. ‘Ain’t love grand?

I guess it’s a good thing Aunty Hilda wasn’t staying with them over the weekend…

If you have content on your computer which you don’t want other users to see, it might be worth creating an encrypted archive and ensuring that you haven’t placed any (ahem) compromising content in the My Pictures folder.

You have been warned.

Source: Reddit.

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

7 comments on “Beware! Windows 10 might reveal your porn stash to your wife”

  1. AlainCo (@alain_co)

    Is it an impression or Windows10 is a tragedy for security and privacy ?

    My son will share my 100char long wifi password with microsoft, so my son friends, NSA and Russian FSB can lurk my wife tits, and my friends draf nuclear physics papers …

    1. Coyote · in reply to AlainCo (@alain_co)


      Fixed. If you don't know what that means: replace all instances of 'Windows10' with 'Microsoft'.

      1. John · in reply to Coyote

        hehehe you've lost me on this one, Coyote… What do you mean?

        1. spgwqxst · in reply to John

          It means that security and privacy concerns about Microsoft products are not limited to Windows 10.

          1. Coyote · in reply to spgwqxst

            Exactly correct; the problem is Microsoft and not Microsoft Windows 10. That means that where Alain had 'Windows10', I 'changed' it to 'Microsoft'.

            FYI: what I did is basic substitution in a regexp (regular expression) format. There are various different regexp parsers (some with different syntax) but the important point (and the only part you need to understand – the rest is simplified, perhaps too much) is I replaced a pattern with another (as above).

  2. kr

    1. Every piece of software over about 10 lines is likely to have a vulnerability.
    2. This has been around since at least Windows 7
    3. Microsoft has done more for improved security in the last 10 years than most companies. The difference is that they don't try to hide the vulnerabilities as Apple does. Linux, SSL, iOS, Android and many security company OS's have all been found to have vulnerabilities.

    Do I like many of the defaults in Win10? no
    Do I think MS blew it on a bunch of things in Win10 in order to give a perceived convenience? Yes
    Do I spend my time trolling and bashing companies over those things? No. I would rather offer suggestions on how to better improve security or help people reconfigure what they have to be safer. Maybe you trolls should consider the same.

  3. Anonymous

    Maybe Cortana was just having a look?

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