Microsoft has been criticized by privacy advocates in regards to the data hunger of its Windows 10 operating system.The operating system slurps data like there is no tomorrow, especially when systems are set up using the express settings.
While users may disable some, for instance by using privacy tools (of which there are plenty), others cannot be disabled or stopped that easily, for instance because of hardcoded host and IP address information that bypass the Hosts file of the operating system.
Windows 7 and 8Windows 7 and 8 users have been plagued by "upgrade preparation" updates but left alone otherwise up until recently when it comes to this new level of data collecting.
This changed recently with the release of several updates for both operating systems that step up the game.
Please note that it appears that you can block the hosts listed above using firewalls running on the target PC.
What you can do about it The best way to deal with these updates is to make sure they are not installed.
If they have been installed already, you may want to disable them.You may remove those updates using the Control Panel, or by running the following commands using an elevated command prompt: Martin Brinkmann is a journalist from Germany who founded Ghacks Technology News Back in 2005.He is passionate about all things tech and knows the Internet and computers like the back of his hand.Abstract This document defines the i Calendar data format for representing and exchanging calendaring and scheduling information such as events, to-dos, journal entries, and free/busy information, independent of any particular calendar service or protocol. Status of This Memo This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for the Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions for improvements. Please refer to the current edition of the "Internet Official Protocol Standards" (STD 1) for the standardization state and status of this protocol. Copyright and License Notice Copyright (c) 2009 IETF Trust and the persons identified as the document authors. This document is subject to BCP 78 and the IETF Trust's Legal Provisions Relating to IETF Documents ( in effect on the date of publication of this document.