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Windows 10 shares your files with the internet… here’s how to turn it off

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#AceGuestNews – Oct.27: #NWOReport – Help and Guidance – #Update

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If you are one of the millions of users who have upgraded to Windows 10, you are likely to be very familiar with the Windows update process. Microsoft updates Windows 10 when it needs to be updated. It’s part of Microsoft’s master plan and is generally a good thing.

To facilitate efficiency in the Windows 10 update process, Microsoft has created a system it calls, in typical cryptic fashion, Windows Update Delivery Optimization. To put it in simple terms, when Delivery Optimization is on, Windows 10 will send updates from your computer to other computers on your local network or on the internet. That’s right, Windows Update Delivery Optimization is a peer-to-peer (P2P) network, which operates similarly to BitTorrent.

Default settings

Windows Update Delivery Optimization has two settings:

  • Setting 1 allows Windows 10 to share files with other computers on your local network only.
  • Setting 2 allows Windows 10 to share files with other computers on your local network and with other computers on the internet.

Setting 2 is the default for every edition of Windows 10 except Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education; those editions default to Setting 1.

Windows Update Delivery Optimization is also active for any apps you purchase and download from the Microsoft Store.

Turn it off

This is a personal choice, but I really don’t like the idea of sharing files with strange computers out on the internet. I am sure Microsoft has taken every precaution to make these connections safe and secure, but it makes me uncomfortable, so I opt to turn off Windows Update Delivery Optimization. The settings are buried deep, so here is a step-by-step on how to change them.

First, open the Windows Update Settings screen. The easiest way to get there is to type it into Cortana—she’ll show you the way (Figure A). Click or tap the Advanced Options link on this page.

Figure A

Figure A

Click or tap the Choose How Updates Are Delivered link on the Advanced Options screen, shown in Figure B.

Figure B

Figure B

The Choose How Updates Are Delivered screen (Figure C) is where you can change the default settings for the Windows Update Delivery Optimization P2P system. You can opt to turn it off completely or you can leave it on but select the local network option.

Figure C

Figure C

Remain calm

I know there will be some privacy advocates and security experts out there who will wail against Microsoft for choosing to turn on Windows Update Delivery Optimization by default. But this is not some evil plot. It is just another Windows 10 configuration setting we all should know about. After all, making the Windows 10 update process as efficient as possible is a noble goal. I choose to sacrifice some system efficiency to placate my own personal paranoia. What about you?

Original Article: http://nworeport.me/2015/10/27/windows-10-shares-your-files-with-the-internet-heres-how-to-turn-it-off/

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Saga is an embeddable platform that could change how artists display their work online

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#AceSocialNews – Oct.27: Mat Dryhurst’s self-hosting framework wants give artists the power to change how and where their work is displayed on the internet.

PAN artist and Holly Herndon collaborator Mat Dryhurst has launched v.1.0 of Saga, a self-hosting and publishing framework that gives you full control over how your videos behave in each different place they’re embedded online.

Dryhurst is no stranger to projects that expose the unquestioned inner workings of the internet – he’s previously used freely available Facebook data to create music compositions and visuals. Saga however encourages artists to challenge the way their work is being “exploited” online.

“When you self-host your work and publish it using the Saga framework, every distinct plot where your work is shown becomes your space,” Dryhurst explains at aCCeSsions. “You can choose to manipulate that space at your leisure, and those who share your work assume that risk when they choose to show it.”

What this means is a video embed much like YouTube or Vimeo that can be changed if you don’t like the context in which your work is displayed. For example, if someone posts your work next to something you don’t like, you can obscure it with a slogan or graphic. If someone is hosting advertising alongside you work, you can even charge them to keep hosting it. “For Tumblr teens in the UK only, make the first 500 plays free, and then have it dramatically self-destruct, or have it replaced with a video of cattle grazing,” Dryhurst suggests.

The benefits for musicians are obvious, especially with SoundCloud deleting accounts regularly and Spotify paying tiny amounts for streams. As Dryhurst points out, platforms and syndicators currently profit from videos and audio streams that people share for free, but Saga hands the power to the creators. “Wehold the power and create the value, so perhaps we ought to start dictating the terms.”

Saga also gives artists greater freedom to change the meaning of their work depending on where it’s hosted. Changes made to the embed don’t have to be applied globally, so if you want to wage a guerilla campaign against corporate websites while leaving personal blogs untouched, you can add a message to an embed on one site but leave the rest as they are.

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It’s still early days for the Saga framework, which Dryhurst explains is buggy on mobile devices and doesn’t work too well on Facebook. However, v1.0 does allow you to host your own media, use a back-end interface to track where it’s being hosted and make changes to the media. It works with video, music, text and images (whatever you can use with an <iframe> embed) and currently lets you add graphic expressions including “Happy” (pictured at the top), “Love” and “Anger” as well as custom text overlays.

You can find installation and setup instructions for Saga at GitHub and find out more about the project at aCCeSsions.

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Original Article: http://www.factmag.com/2015/10/27/mat-dryhurst-saga-framework/

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