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Warning All Microsoft Users: You May Need To Switch To Linux or an Other Alternative OS Soon... READ WHY Anonymous 04/10/2018 (Tue) 16:00:02 [Preview] No. 12580

"Microsoft have changed their terms of service so that they can monitor any of your personal content, including the files on your PC, while using their products or services and if they deem it offensive they can take that content and their products/services away from you and ban you! If you happen to have an Xbox or have bought PC games from the Microsoft Store and are logged into your Microsoft account on any device while committing your "crime" you can be banned from Xbox Live and have all your downloaded games and any credit that's still in your account taken away!

But it gets worse. This applies to all Microsoft products and services. So therefore Windows itself! I think I have already been a victim, probably due to posting here, as recently my Windows 10 key was revoked out of the blue. I contacted Microsoft and they told me my key was no longer valid but outright refused to tell me why. So I had to buy Windows 10 again. I didn't buy it direct from them of course. Please post if this has happened to you very recently too.

I'm pretty scared about what's coming. They want us off the internet and I think this is how they're going to get many people. They're going to just shutdown our Windows on the basis of us breaking their new terms of service. What if ISPs are next?"

OP comment:

First off, no one should be using Windows 10. If you like Windows get an older one like Windows 2000, Vista or XP and make sure you turn OFF all automatic updates in the settings. Make sure you do not leave it online 24/7 either (leaving the OS online when not in use makes it much more vulnerable). There are also programs out there you can install that will completely remove all auto-updates for Windows if you are too lazy to change the settings.

If you want to switch to Linux you can install "Wine" and run Windows executives right from your Linux OS. Depending on which OS you partition (such as Q4OS) this will mimick an older version of Windows. Q4OS is what I recommend because you can install Wine and the OS replicates Windows XP, looking almost exactly the same!

Second, which is VERY important, users should be using a private VPN service in this day and age. No reason not to. Get off your lazy ass, buy a cheap private VPN (these can cost as low as $30 PER YEAR), and shield yourself by encrypting your communications and spoofing your IPs. Its easy and even us boomers can learn how to do it, I did.

Third: always have physical offline backups of any of your important files (this includes ISOs of the OS you use, software you may use and any media or other files you deem valuable).

Make sure you have access to several P2P clients and a Bit Torrent client in order to share media if websites start going down.

Here are some other security tips I recommend (trigger warning: some will seem pretty 'tin foil' but most are good tips!): https://archive.fo/t0ruD

Anonymous 04/10/2018 (Tue) 16:08:40 [Preview] No.12581 del
I saw that coming not the deleting of hate content though. It doesnt even say they will delete the offensive content but take it.they literally can take rare pepes now.

Anonymous 04/10/2018 (Tue) 16:12:11 [Preview] No.12582 del
Microsoft is a trojan, I ditched it a while ago, but there are still idiots who use things like Windows 8, (9?) & 10. I'm just trying to spread this info because if we do not stand up to this and take action to mitigate their tyranny there will be a whole lot of butthurt consumers who lose all their content. I refuse to be one of them and hopefully anons will rebel and take proper steps to counter this.

Anonymous 04/10/2018 (Tue) 16:19:50 [Preview] No.12583 del
This is a problem with proprietary software in this instance. I have set up ubuntu for relatives and they really just want a web browser and they think the web browser is the operating system so you download chromium they think its the same as windows and that is a good way to start.

Anonymous 04/10/2018 (Tue) 17:06:30 [Preview] No.12584 del
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I'm not surprised that things have gotten to this point. While I agree with you that using Windows 10 is stupid, and indeed it has never not been a poor decision from a standpoint of a daily driver, I disagree that Windows XP is the only niche operating system one should consider having installed. I suspect it might be more a matter of taste, as you are much older than I am; I prefer the look and feel of Windows 7 more than XP, and I'm sure many others feel the same way. While much more difficult and less worthwhile these days, it's still possible to get a Windows 7 installation without the botnet backports from 10 if you didn't have it installed already. Nevertheless, using it as a daily driver would be ill-advised, due to the lack of security updates that must be dealt with in order to avoid the spyware.

On the necessity of a VPN, I think it depends on what one is doing. If you're a heavy-/pol/ user, you should avoid visiting links to sensitive material non-anonymized, lest you put a target on your back. We aren't at that point yet, I don't think, where simply visiting Prism-Break will put you on a priority list. It depends on what "layer" you're active in, so to speak, whether measures like a paid VPN are worth the effort and the money. If you want to avoid getting snooped on while using public wifi, that's a different matter, and one where having a home VPN makes a lot of sense.

For offline backups of media, I have nothing really to say against. If you haven't heard of it, check out youtube-dl, which is a command line application for downloading video and audio from streaming websites. It seems like the old video downloaders have stopped working, so this is a final option, which will work for nobody knows how much longer.

Finally, on switching to GNU/Linux, there's concern that distros like Fedora or Ubuntu are botnet as well. Not to the extent of Windows, but still adware or spyware, or otherwise introduces insecurities into your computing. If there were any good novice systemd-free distributions, I'd recommend them, but I didn't see anything worth installing. Admittedly, I'm on Fedora right now myself, for the time being, while I learn enough about GNU/Linux to roll my own installation.

Anonymous 04/10/2018 (Tue) 20:56:05 [Preview] No.12589 del
Are we sure they are scanning the files on your PC, not just on cloud and shit?

Anonymous 04/10/2018 (Tue) 21:13:19 [Preview] No.12590 del
anti-virus already does that

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