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11. Graphics and Multimedia > 106. Fix Windows Media Player’s Privacy Problems

Fix Windows Media Player’s Privacy Problems

Lurking beneath Windows Media Player’s slick exterior are potential invasions of your privacy. Here’s how to fix them.

XP’s Windows Media Player poses potentially serious privacy problems that, theoretically, could allow Microsoft to track what DVDs you play and could allow for the creation of a supercookie on your PC that would let web sites exchange information about you. There are things you can do, however, to protect your privacy when you use Windows Media Player.

If you use Windows Media Player to play DVD movies, whenever a new DVD is played Media Player contacts a Microsoft server and gets the DVD’s title and chapter information. The server, in turn, identifies your specific version of Media Player, uses a cookie to identify the DVD you’re watching, and then records information about the DVDs you watch onto a database on your hard disk in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Media Index.


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