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Windows 10 Free Upgrade

posted Jul 29, 2015, 12:13 PM by Craig Cox   [ updated Jul 29, 2015, 12:13 PM ]
For weeks now, users of Windows 7 and 8 may have seen a new icon on their system tray; clicking on it was a notice for a free upgrade to Windows 10.  That upgrade became available today.

I have not studied this release yet, and cannot yet offer firsthand cyber security advice on it.  I am aware that security concerns have already been raised, and as early adopters post their findings, more may surface.  In the coming months, I'll be stepping through the upgrade process at home and establishing a basis for offering sound advice.  In the meantime, if I learn of urgent security issues, I will post them here on

If you take the early adoption route, please consider taking notes.  I'd love to hear about your experience!

So far, I have learned about these potential issues:
  • Home WiFi passwords are easily (and possibly accidentally) shared with your contacts, and possibly stored by Microsoft.
  • To protect users more quickly, we're given less control over the patching process; but when bad patches are released it can cause additional grief.