Universal Spiritual Awakening

Universal Spiritual Awakening
#WE-DO-NOT-CONSENT: "It's no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society" ~ ~ J.Krishnamurti

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Software Security Alert: Why You Should Switch From Microsoft Operating System to Linux

"Russian President Vladimir Putin has banned Microsoft products from Russia and placed Bill Gates on a Federal Security Service watchlist. Citing “concerns over security and reliability,” Putin has ordered the removal of Microsoft software to begin immediately. Government spokesman Sergei Zheleznyak explained that Microsoft had been caught carrying out “minute-by-minute surveillance” on millions of Russian citizens – as well as citizens of other countries. “The US, which presents itself as a bastion of democracy, has in fact been carrying out minute-by-minute surveillance of tens of millions of citizens of Russia and other countries.“ <Article Source Link>
 If you havent read the EULA, then you might be surprised as to how much information you may be giving to Microsoft, simply through using your new operating system. For example, see excerpt from the EULA:

“When you acquire, install and use the Program software and services, Microsoft collects information about your use of the software and services as well as about the devices and networks on which they operate. Examples of data we may collect include your name, email address, preferences and interests; location, browsing, search and file history; phone call and SMS data; device configuration and sensor data; voice, text and writing input; and application usage.”  This basically translates to “You’re being watched”  <Article Source Link>

"Nonfree (proprietary) software is very often malware (designed to mistreat the user). Nonfree software is controlled by its developers, which puts them in a position of power over the users; that is the basic injustice. The developers often exercise that power to the detriment of the users they ought to serve."  <Article Source Link>

If you read around, various articles claim Microsoft's intrusive spyware can be turned off if you know where to look inside the configuration.  Let me tell you right now -
Don't Believe it!  Even Microsoft hints to this fact in the Microsoft Admits Windows 10 Auto-Spying Can’t Be Disabled <link> article.  So what to do?

In my humble opinion you're strongly advised to switch to the free Linux operating system as soon as possible or to the extent your technical ability permits.  Today's modern Linux version are easy enough to operate on basic level even for the novice.  Those who are hesitant can join Linux user groups or take a local community course on how to work with Linux.  There are many brands and Linux flavor.  Browse around and research.

You can run any Linux version on a "live" CD by booting from it (You have to set your computer to boot from CD or Pendrive)  The catch with live CD that it's read only.  You will not be able to write new information to it.  Good points on this that malicious hackers cannot damage the "read-only" operating system.  And there's a work around to saving data while booted with live CD by saving your data to your hard drive - assuming it has been mapped to a drive.  Sometimes mapping needs manual intervention.

Other option is to use a bootable Linux pendrive.   This allows you to write data directly back to the pendrive making it much more usable than CD drive.  When choosing this option check if there's enough free space left on the bootable pendrive in case you plan to collect data for long term.

Next option is to install Linux as a "dual-boot"option giving you best of both worlds: Your old Microsoft system with the new Linux OS.  However, again, you're strongly advised NOT to connect ever again to the internet with Microsoft OS.  Whenever you need to boot into Microsoft for various software processing make sure you disconnect the internet cable from the router.  Never expose your computer to the internet in the Microsoft mode!

What else should you know?  The Linux operating system has a basic, software firewall.  Make sure to activate this with the "on" switch.  Always connect to the internet with a properly configured firewall on the router (that's connected to your internet provider's modem)with the admin name changed to something else and password protected.  Turn off the Wi-Fi!  Use only Ethernet cable connection for maximum security and health safety.

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