OpenRecall an open-source and cross-platform Recall

On May 20, 2024, Microsoft announced the Recall, a new feature that is supposed to bring “photographic memory” to your new Copilot PC” with Snapdragon X processors. Later, Microsoft made the Recall available to Release Preview Insiders, which led to a lot of backlash from security experts who they were able to analyze it using some hacks and reveal some pretty shocking things.windows 11 recall

Despite the company's promise of privacy, there is no privacy.

If you want to try Recall there are already third-party alternatives that allow you to test the concept on your existing hardware. OpenRecall is one such option, which promises the same as Microsoft while being open source and free for everyone.

Like Recall, OpenRecall saves everything you do with your computer by taking snapshots, which are then processed, OCRed and structured for quick searching. So you can scroll through your saved snapshots and return your computer to any moment you've captured.

OpenRecall records your digital history through snapshots taken regularly. The text and images in these screenshots are analyzed and made searchable, allowing you to quickly find specific information by typing relevant keywords into OpenRecall. You can also manually scroll through your history to review your past activities.

What makes OpenRecall stand out is that it's open source and cross-platform, so you can use it on Windows, macOS, and Linux. It also requires no new hardware and works on existing computers without neural processing units (NPUs).

The developers also claim that the project focuses on privacy, but here you should be careful.

Although the data is stored and processed locally, there is no option (yet) for encryption. Therefore, you should be aware of the potential risks of storing using tools made by third-party developers (even if they are open source).

If you are curious and want to try OpenRecall, download it to the GitHub repository.

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