View Full Version : The "Security" of Win XP...

03-03-2004, 06:48 AM
Hi all!

I have heard, that this lovely Win XP goes away to Microsoft whenever you are on the net, passing on to them, information about your system, in order to verify your copy of XP. My copy is Home version, and is "Activated". They tell me, that XP does this spying on your system in the background, without asking you first. If so, I considder this an invasion of privacy.

Is this true, or is it all a lie?
(i tend to think in terms of the latter, as I have Zone Alarm installed(and set to maximum stealth mode), and set to pop-up whenever ANY program tries to access the net, and all it ever asks, is if I want to let IE-6 access the net.)

Apologies if this has been asked before...


03-03-2004, 08:47 AM
I have heard, that this lovely Win XP goes away to Microsoft whenever you are on the net, passing on to them, information about your system,............. The WPA itself doesn't use the internet except for activation,what you are probably seeing are different services trying to connect to the net, like windows time, windows media player etc. You can manage those and other 'phoning home' features by using a popular freeware XP-Antispy (http://www.xpantispy.org/).

Paul Komski
03-03-2004, 05:11 PM
There may be a case for reading the small print if you download from the Windows Update Site; there was certainly something akin to this with the last of the Win2K sps and I have no doubt that if that is the case it relates to WinXP as well.

03-03-2004, 05:29 PM
Hehe....I used to be one of those guys that breezed right through those silly license agreement pages.

These days, I never install anything without reading the fine print- And boy oh boy....sometimes, there is an awful lot of reading!

I swear, sometimes they leave the good stuff for last because they know the average person won't suffer through it all. :p

Then other times, they lie to you anyway and put crap on your Machine no matter what you agree or don't agree to. :rolleyes:

03-04-2004, 11:53 PM
XP does not spy on your system in the background. Like someone above said the hoopla was over the WPA. Which is the product activation feature. The other possible way XP could send information you don't want to get out to MS is by the debug dump you send, in error reporting a program crash. You can just say no. Imagine the controversy if a corporation found out that MS could spy on their servers or workstations data content. Besides the massive law suits they would certainly give up a lot of market share as even more servers went to linux or another OS. You are far more likly to have spyware, virii and other assorted nasties try and infect your computers, not from an evil corporation, but from a pimply faced computer dork in bumfuzzle Idaho. He could be running some spam/porn site or just sitting there with a port scanner and hard drive full of back-door trojans, or he could just be into chaos theory.
Lets not forget Carnivore and the omnipresent NSA. God only knows what the puzzle palace can do now-a-days. I imagine it's worse than most people think.
Ain't technology grand?


03-05-2004, 06:12 AM
Hokey pokey.

Thanks guys!

Forgive what I have read on the 'net...


03-05-2004, 02:58 PM
Part of the problem is that most apps on XP are "network aware"...that is they will often look for network connections/drives.

Also, in XP the default search options include network searching and connecting to the MSN search engine...and that means if you open the Search box it will not only search your local drive, but it will also search network drives and connect to MSN to search there too.

03-09-2004, 12:36 AM
ever wonder why windows explorer tries to conect to microsoft servers every now and then??

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