Windows 10 Could Invade Your Computer

For those who would like to know about companies invading privacy, the latest Windows 10 update will be something to read up on. The new Microsoft operating system could invade your computer, making your games and programs no longer work. This is if your games and programs have been downloaded or installed illegally.

There are pros and cons to the latest update. Many users worry that this operating system will invade user’s privacy, but many other companies which make games, programs, music etc. will be happy to hear about the latest update. There has been a big debate over making pirating harder, and this will be the way to do it.

According to The Daily Mirror, the latest Windows 10 Terms of Use states that Microsoft could prevent users doing anything the company disagrees with. The terms state that the company may “automatically check” versions of software installed and downloaded. This could mean counterfeit games can no longer be accessed.

“We may automatically check your version of the software and download software updates or configuration changes, including those that prevent you from accessing the services, playing counterfeit games, or using unauthorized hardware peripheral devices.”

Many experts fear that this would mean Microsoft has the power to go through private computers. There is already a growing concern for privacy, especially in the United Kingdom where the UK Government is looking into a bill that has been nicknamed the “snooper charter.”

The terms also state that unauthorized use of peripheral devices could also be prevented. Gamespot confirms that it is currently unclear what this really means. It is most likely focused on gaming, where controls can be adapted to create an unfair advantage.

Right now, it seems that the focus is mainly on gaming. Windows 10 is claimed to be the best for gamers by Microsoft itself. It makes sense that the company wants to focus on legal gaming, creating an experience that is fun for all. However, it could only be a matter of time before this clause is extended to other aspects of pirated or illegal software, including music and videos.

This is not the first time that Windows 10 has been featured in security fears. There seems to be a “Big Brother” element to the operating system, where updates will now be forced upon users. Some users prefer to hold off updates to see how others report them; to see whether there are any bugs that will stop their software working. There has been limited communication from Microsoft to dispel the fears that the company is impeding privacy.

While there are fears about the latest update, there are still many people updating to the new free operating system. There is hope that Microsoft will explain the term with the latest Windows 10 update, especially the “peripheral devices” section.

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