Microsoft Keeps Backup of Your Encryption Key on its Server — Here’s How to Delete it

Have you recently purchased a Windows computer?
Congratulations! As your new Windows computer has inbuilt disk encryption feature that is turned on by default in order to protect your data in case your device is lost or stolen.
Moreover, In case you lost your encryption keys then don’t worry, Microsoft has a copy of your Recovery Key.
But Wait! If Microsoft already has your Disk Encryption Keys then what’s the use of using disk encryption feature? Doesn’t Encryption mean Only you can unlock your disk?

Microsoft Probably Holds your Encryption Keys

Since the launch of Windows 8.1, Microsoft is offering disk encryption as a built-in feature for Windows laptops, Windows phones and other devices.
However, there is a little-known fact, highlighted by The Intercept, that if you have logged into Windows 10 using your Microsoft account, your system had automatically uploaded a copy of your recovery key to Microsoft’s servers secretly, and you can’t prevent device encryption from sending your recovery key.
Note: Do not get confuse device encryption with BitLocker. Both works same but have different configuration options. BitLocker offers users a choice whether or not they want to backup their Recovery keys on Windows server.

Why Should You Worry?

  • If a hacker hacks your Microsoft account, he can make a copy of your recovery key before you delete it (method described below).
  • Any Rogue employee at Microsoft with access to user data can access your recovery key.
  • If Microsoft itself get hacked, the hacker can have their hands on your recovery key.
  • Even Law Enforcement or Spy agencies could also request Microsoft to hand over your recovery key.

“Your computer is now only as secure as that database of keys held by Microsoft, which means it may be vulnerable to hackers, foreign governments, and people who can extort Microsoft employees,” said Matthew Green, a cryptography professor at Johns Hopkins University.

How to Delete your Recovery Key from your Microsoft Account?

Although there’s no way to prevent a new Windows computer from uploading the recovery key at the very first time you log into your Microsoft account, you can delete the existing recovery key from your Microsoft account and generate a new one.
Follow these simple steps in order to remove your recovery key from your Microsoft account:
Step 1: Open this website and log in with your Microsoft Account
Step 2: You will find list of recovery keys backed up to your Microsoft Account
Step 3: Take a back of your recovery Keys locally
Step 4: Go ahead and delete your recovery key from Microsoft Account.
Important Fact: Green also pointed out that even after deleting the recovery key from your Microsoft account, there is no guarantee that the key has been removed from the company’s server.
Instant Solution: To solve this issue, Windows users are recommended to stop using their old encryption keys and generate a new one without sharing it with Microsoft.

How to Generate a New Encryption key (Without Sending a copy to Microsoft)?

Sorry for Windows Home Edition users, but Windows Pro or Enterprise users can create new key by decrypting whole hard disk and then re-encrypt the disk, and this time in such a way that you will actually get asked how you want to backup your Recovery Key.
Step 1: Go to Start, type “Bitlocker,” and click “Manage BitLocker.”
Step 2: Click “Turn off BitLocker” and it will decrypt your disk.
Step 3: Once done, Click “Turn on BitLocker” again.
Step 4: Then Windows will ask you: How you want to backup your Recovery Key. Make sure to DO NOT SELECT “Save to your Microsoft Account.” That’s it.
Finally, the new Windows device you purchased specially for disk encryption feature has now enabled the feature, and Microsoft no longer can unlock it.


This Life

Life is an interesting and powerful thing. Whether you believe in a higher power or you think we developed from a freak accident as part of the evolving of the universe, I think freedom to live as you choose to be best (for you and your family) is part of who you are as a human. We have been born into a world that teaches us we can only be free if we live under the rules of other humans. Is that freedom???

I have discovered……

I have discovered something. After working most of my life for companies and then on my own for the last few years I recently went back to the world of big companies and working under the clock, the boss and 60 hours a week to get less than adequate compensation. I thought the stress level would be less and I could just do the hours and bring home what I was making in profit with my own business but that is far from the case.
I have actually grown in a positive direction because this experience has made me realize that we are all too busy and preoccupied by the machine that is corporation to monitor the governing forces or even live for ourselves. We have criminals in the white house and congress that do not care what people request or need.
After a couple of months I couldn’t take it any longer and so I went in and quit. I had mixed reactions from people. The guy that hired me seemed upset and wouldn’t make eye contact with me stating that he was very busy. The regional guy was there and he was very professional and wished me well etc. The one that hired me seemed to try to explain to me why I didn’t want to quit and how I couldn’t make the money on my own etc. He obviously has never been free of relying on a company to survive and really looked around at the world and said WOW there has to be more than this slavery. I think people are conditioned to accept this form of slavery for most of their lives to keep them out of the way and generating money for corporations as well as the state. I have grown beyond the point of allowing others to decide for me. Some of us have to try and change things. What did Kennedy say? If not us then who? If not now then when? Its time folks……

Snowden, the NSA and Government manipulation

For anyone that’s been watching all this stuff with congress and the house and Rand Paul about the NSA spying on American and collecting metadata through the patriot act. All the news outlets tell us that the new bill (USA Freedom Act )that just got signed into law by Obama ends this illegal practice. IT’S A LIE! They paused section 215 which allows direct collection but under section 702 of FISA the phone companies still collect it which can be retrieved by the NSA via executive order 12333. So don’t believe the Crap the government is trying to pass. They have no intention of doing the right thing.
Not to mention programs like prism, and trap wire among others. These were not even mentioned that I know of. Then there is the issue of destroying all the illegally collected data, I heard nothing of that happening either. How about the massive data collection complex in Utah that was built by then to contain this type of info and who knows what else? No mention of shutting it down. It’s a smoke and mirrors trick to make the people think they have nothing to worry about. Business as usual it seems folks. We have to get these crooks replaced by regular people like you and me. The only way it will change

LIFE…. as it has been taught to us.

I have grown up through the mid 70’s, the 80’s, 90’s all the way up to now and I have seen and done many things. Some good and some bad but we are a product of our experiences are we not? The problem is that some of us do not learn to grow into a better version of human from these experiences. We all have the same ability to make a new choice every day when we wake up. Well let me restate that we all have this ability if we do not consume fluoride or take mental disposition altering medications. Some of these things are in the very pesticides that are sprayed on foods which makes it very difficult to get away from unless you buy organic. Fluoride calcifies a small gland in our brains known as the pineal gland. This little gland is responsible for free thought, free will, dreams and most scientist believe this gland is our window to spiritual communication such as prayer etc. Ask yourself why Adolf Hitler experimented with adding this chemical to the water supply given to the concentration camp prisoners during WW2. Now ask yourself why the US government ships this chemical in from China as well as its own aluminium refining plants to add to this countries water supply. Even if you buy into the story that it helps teeth (no proof ever given that sodium fluoride does this) when used topically, are we to believe that ingesting this chemical has the same affect? Passing through our digestive system then blood, liver, kidneys etc? It is a fact that this chemical will cause thyroid damage. It is a fact that it clouds thinking and dulls the will to reject information that we are given. Men want us weak. People like the Rothchild family, Rockefeller family, Rumsfeld, Bush and pretty much anyone not for freeing the people from taxation of the corrupt federal reserve bank. A system that was never legally ratified and should not exist.

Fight 215: Stop the Patriot Act’s Mass Surveillance

Why you should care about phone record surveillance:

It violates the privacy of millions of innocent people. The NSA and FBI use Section 215 to collect the phone records of millions of people who have never even been suspected or accused of a crime.

It’s unconstitutional and illegal. Section 215 of the Patriot Act was re-interpreted in complete secrecy to allow the surveillance of everyone without suspicion. One federal judge who ruled on the program’s legality after it was revealed to the public called it “beyond Orwellian” and “likely unconstitutional.”

It doesn’t make us any safer. The NSA has defended the phone metadata program by saying it has stopped terrorist attacks, but that claim has been repeatedly proven false. Even the White House’s own Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has said, “We have not identified a single instance involving a threat to the United States in which [bulk collection under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act] made a concrete difference in the outcome of a counterterrorism investigation.”

For years, the United States government has been collecting every record of every phone call you make — when you call, whom you call, how long the call lasted, and how often you make those calls. This surveillance program affects hundreds of millions of regular people who have never done anything wrong, and it doesn’t matter if you’re calling your next-door neighbor or a family member halfway around the world.

But there’s good news: this mass surveillance program could end in the next few weeks.

Section 215 of the Patriot Act is set to expire on June 1, 2015. The Patriot Act and the reauthorizations that followed had myriad bad provisions. But it’s Section 215 of the original Patriot Act that the NSA re-interpreted in complete secrecy to allow them, with the help of the FBI, to collect millions of phone call records per day. The government could even try to use Section 215 for bulk collection of financial or other business records. With your help, we can stop Congress from simply rubber-stamping Patriot Act Section 215 — and stop this mass suspicionless surveillance program once and for all.

Use our phone tool to call Congress today. Tell Congress: Your time is up. Vote to end NSA mass surveillance. Then ask your friends to do the same.

Guerilla Open Access Manifesto

Guerilla Open Access Manifesto

Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for
themselves. The world’s entire scientific and cultural heritage, published over centuries
in books and journals, is increasingly being digitized and locked up by a handful of
private corporations. Want to read the papers featuring the most famous results of the
sciences? You’ll need to send enormous amounts to publishers like Reed Elsevier.

There are those struggling to change this. The Open Access Movement has fought
valiantly to ensure that scientists do not sign their copyrights away but instead ensure
their work is published on the Internet, under terms that allow anyone to access it. But
even under the best scenarios, their work will only apply to things published in the future.
Everything up until now will have been lost.

That is too high a price to pay. Forcing academics to pay money to read the work of their
colleagues? Scanning entire libraries but only allowing the folks at Google to read them?
Providing scientific articles to those at elite universities in the First World, but not to
children in the Global South? It’s outrageous and unacceptable.

“I agree,” many say, “but what can we do? The companies hold the copyrights, they
make enormous amounts of money by charging for access, and it’s perfectly legal —
there’s nothing we can do to stop them.” But there is something we can, something that’s
already being done: we can fight back.

Those with access to these resources — students, librarians, scientists — you have been
given a privilege. You get to feed at this banquet of knowledge while the rest of the world
is locked out. But you need not — indeed, morally, you cannot — keep this privilege for
yourselves. You have a duty to share it with the world. And you have: trading passwords
with colleagues, filling download requests for friends.

Meanwhile, those who have been locked out are not standing idly by. You have been
sneaking through holes and climbing over fences, liberating the information locked up by
the publishers and sharing them with your friends.

But all of this action goes on in the dark, hidden underground. It’s called stealing or
piracy, as if sharing a wealth of knowledge were the moral equivalent of plundering a
ship and murdering its crew. But sharing isn’t immoral — it’s a moral imperative. Only
those blinded by greed would refuse to let a friend make a copy.

Large corporations, of course, are blinded by greed. The laws under which they operate
require it — their shareholders would revolt at anything less. And the politicians they
have bought off back them, passing laws giving them the exclusive power to decide who
can make copies.

There is no justice in following unjust laws. It’s time to come into the light and, in the
grand tradition of civil disobedience, declare our opposition to this private theft of public

We need to take information, wherever it is stored, make our copies and share them with
the world. We need to take stuff that’s out of copyright and add it to the archive. We need
to buy secret databases and put them on the Web. We need to download scientific
journals and upload them to file sharing networks. We need to fight for Guerilla Open

With enough of us, around the world, we’ll not just send a strong message opposing the
privatization of knowledge — we’ll make it a thing of the past. Will you join us?

Aaron Swartz

July 2008, Eremo, Italy