Aren't we chatty today, Windows 11
Continuing my work from the Web Browser telemetry article two years ago (which I plan to update, just to see the difference time does to telemetry data), I decided to make a log of all network connections a standard install of Windows 11 Pro (for ARM, 22H2, OS build 22621.1344) does.
The methodology is the same, standard setup without changing any of the default settings (Privacy ones, for example). Test device is a MacBook M1 laptop and Parallels Desktop, a clean user profile, all network connections blocked, application-level network connection whitelisting and only Little Snitch installed. So it’s actually Little Snitch that does all the heavy-lifting. Network traffic is routed through a VPN in Finland.
That’s 66 unique network connections to different hosts/domains for a clean install. Some are understandable, like Windows Update CDN, others like
watson.events.data.microsoft.com are just the thing that would define Windows 11 as spyware. Definitely “more spyware” than DPRK’s Red Star OS.