Why is using Linux more private than Windows
A huge reason is because Linux is open source. You or anyone else can literally see all the pieces of code that make your computer how it works. From the kernel, to your desktop. It’s also a proven fact that the majority of Linux distributions collect a lot less, sometimes no telemetry, than Windows. Downloading software is also a lot more safe, with some kind of maintainer hosting all your software. Your software will also be in some kind of container, with the modern favourite being Flatpak. It’s permission based, so your software won’t have access to areas that they don’t need. If you’re going to use Ubuntu, you’ll likely be using Snaps.
I’ll try to find a way to get around needing a Microsoft account for Windows 11.
Methods exist, and I literally did it… 3/4 days ago, on a new .iso from MicroSoft. It could get patched out in the future, though. Here’s how to do it:
- When you install Windows, it’ll ask you to choose your Country, Keyboard config, and so on. Make sure you have no internet. Just unplugging the ethernet cable should work.
- Instead of giving your WiFi info, press “Shift” + “F10”. This should launch a terminal.
- Inside the terminal type “oobe\Bypassnro”
- The installer will reset, and you’ll find that you no longer need internet to create a MS account.
All this does is tweak a registry key… that’s it. You’re not doing anything dodgy to the install.
I don’t want Microsoft tracking everything I do on my laptop and giving that information to other big tech companies and data brokers.
Have you considered a firewall? Simplewall, and Portmaster are two excellent options that work on Windows. Portmaster is a lot better, but it does require some work to get it functioning alongside a VPN (like Mullvad). At the very least, use WindowsSpyBlocker script, which adds various MicroSoft telemetry IPs to the built in Windows firewall. Though, a dedicated one will be much better.
I’d also suggest disabling various MicroSoft rubbish. It’s proprietery, but O&O ShutUp10++ is a great tool, for this. ThisIsWin11, and privacy sexy (be careful, it has scripts that can break a lot of functionality), both of which are open source.
So is my dual booting setup going to give me the level of privacy I need?
Depends on you. Are you literally going to dual boot, and spend 90% of your time in Windows? If so, there really isn’t much point in dual booting. If you stick with Linux, and don’t mind switching back and forth, you should get a good privacy improvement.
Are there any security trade offs I’m making?
Somethings will be better, some will be worse. It’s honestly up to debate. A debate that belongs in another thread… and exist on other threads. In my opinion, you will be better of.