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    Default Windows 10 automatically sends emails about child account activity

    This was something I ran across from another site I belong to


    Users are unhappy that Windows 10 automatically sends emails about child account activity.

    Windows 10 automatically sends emails about child account activity-spying_computer_magnifying_glass-600x400.jpg


    Windows 10, just like its predecessor Windows 8.1, allows for the creation of child accounts that can have limitations imposed upon them. It's a feature that many parents take advantage of, but as more and more people start to upgrade to Windows 10, increasing numbers are complaining about the way in which Mcft monitors account activity and sends out regular emails about that activity.


    The account activity email is optional in Windows 10 -- just as it was in Windows 8.1 -- but it is switched on by default. While many parents like the idea of being able to place restrictions and limitation on a child's Windows account, the "creepy" email that many are seeing for the first time is viewed as a step too far.


    Living in an age where concerns about surveillance are greater than they ever have been, having these emails enabled by default is seen by many as a sinister form of spying that they are not comfortable with. On Boing Boing, Windows 10 user Kirk was disturbed to receive an email out of the blue letting him know what his son had been using his computer for:


    This weekend we upgraded my 14-year-old son's laptop from Windows 8 to Windows 10. Today I got a creepy-ass email from Mcft titled 'Weekly activity report for [my son]', including which websites he's visited, how many hours per day he's used it, and how many minutes he used each of his favorite apps. I don't want this. I have no desire to spy on my boy.


    The main thrust of the complaint is not the existence of the feature per se, but the fact that Mcft has not been entirely transparent about what happens to limited accounts during the upgrade to Windows 10. The revelation led to a lively discussion with opinion divided about whether the emails were a good idea or not.


    Kirk has a message for younger users of Windows 10:


    If you have Windows 10 now, your parents might be getting the same kind of report I did. Don't assume your own computer has your back.


    Do you think the emails should be opt in or opt out?


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    Default Re: Windows 10 automatically sends emails about child account activity

    Anti-Beacon for Windows 10 download v1.4

    Shuts down a lot of phone home crap in Windows

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    Default Re: Windows 10 automatically sends emails about child account activity

    realneil

    if i had money i would personaly deliver a top end video card to your door step in a show of gratitude for posting that link.
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    Default Re: Windows 10 automatically sends emails about child account activity

    lol! you're welcome.

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    Default Re: Windows 10 automatically sends emails about child account activity

    I am still using win 7

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    Quote Originally Posted by realneil View Post
    Anti-Beacon for Windows 10 download v1.4

    Shuts down a lot of phone home crap in Windows
    Great tools Neil. Thanks.

    Always look beyond the limits...

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    Quote Originally Posted by killjoyjim View Post
    I am still using win 7

    this posted program deals with 25+- problems in WIN7 where it was also sending continuous data

    i made a post here

    Fps in arma 3 epoch

    that also deals with cutting out some microsoft big brother trash
    especialy to note is the mention of "outpost firewall"
    i have a data set that i can send to anyone who wants where i cut out permisions for all big brother ghouls
    you would not believe the amount of data that is sent from firefox, AFTER it is tricked out for privacy, WITH your data CONTINUOUSLY, which has nothing to do with the web page you need data for
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    Default Re: Windows 10 automatically sends emails about child account activity

    Quote Originally Posted by killjoyjim View Post
    I am still using win 7
    Win-7 sends your DATA too,.....just not as much as win-8, and nowhere ~near~ as much as Win-10.
    They give away Win-10 because they'll own most of your DATA, and that's worth a lot more than selling you an OS over time.
    This tool shuts it down on all three OS's.

    Quote Originally Posted by Smiki007 View Post
    Great tools Neil. Thanks.
    You're welcome.
    Last edited by realneil; 25-09-2015 at 16:32.

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    Default Re: Windows 10 automatically sends emails about child account activity

    Thanks Neil!

    I'll be downloading that tonight to install on my Win10 machine.

    S.

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