Today's question is about a tablet PC that just joined my LAN. I unexpectedly received an Acer 8" Iconia tablet w/WIN8 and Office installed. I have read the average reviews, stating the screen is terrible but the price was right. (Free)
I am not a social person, so I cleaned most all of the apps off of it. We may Skype. In researching what apps that are left, I found a problem with the MS Camera app. MS was taken to court over this app's privacy violations and they have now changed the language to appease the court. It does not appease me.
Before I use the camera in ANY way, I have to give permission to MS to track and sniff what ever they want for as long as the device is operational. That is they register the GPS location and all MAC addresses that can be seen by the tablet. They do this immediately after the permission is granted and then follow up with every picture taken.
Now to the Asus router. Can I set the router to absolutely block the Camera from calling home? Has any one stopped an app from sending reports back to it's company. Would this be possible with host file on the tablet?
You should be able to set a filter to block said access on the internet. I would start with putting no pics on it, turn all other network devices of and reboot the router. This way they have only the Mac address of the router. Then examine the network connections log on the router and block those ports/addresses. Or sell it and buy an android tablet.
Hi Pamela, Thank you for your reply. I found a webcam program that is open source called YawCam. I uninstalled the MS Camera App and I don't use the Aser App either. And I found a Skype alternative called "Vsee". It does not record your calls. It does record the numbers/people involved in each call to make the connection but not content.