Ramblings of a Coder's Mind

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Modern Operating Systems Phoning Home

It seriously irks me when general public operating systems build in default features that send data to their servers without clearly indicating so. Both Microsoft (with Windows 10) and Apple (with Yosemite) have done so. Disabling these features doesn’t take long so here’s what you need to do.

Windows 10

There’s a well written reddit page by user hazehk which lists all the setting changes required. Takes around 10-15 minutes to run through them.

If you’re a bit lazier, you could use tools to do it for you if you aren’t paranoid about the tools themselves :)

OS X Yosemite

Fix my Mac OS X talks about the simple changes required to alleviate your pain. You could either follow their steps or use their python script. Your choice!

It has only 2 steps so it should take you less than a minute to do both. I actually went as far as to disable Spotlight all together (remove spotlight shortcut; disable spotlight indexing causes problems with Alfred because it needs spotlight’s cache for application data) and move to Alfred (not the least of which was motivated by the privacy issues..)

Created: 3rd October 2015
Category: Tutorials
Tags: OS X, Privacy, Windows, Windows 10, Yosemite