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Privacy PLEASE? - minimal services & outbound communication for Adobe CC?

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May 16, 2017

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Is there a technical admin out there who can assist? We are using only Adobe InDesign CC and Adobe Photoshop CC.

I've so far found Adobe CC to be very privacy invasive.

By default, the following options were/are enabled for new users:

- Creative Cloud "sync" - Automatically enabled & pointed at my entire c:/users/me/* path? That sucks.

- Desktop App(lication) Usage - Automatically enabled.   If I understand - logs actions made within the adobe app? "but not content"

- Machine learning - Automatically enabled"If you prefer that Adobe not analyze your files to take action and make suggestions..."

Why does Adobe enable these 3 privacy relevant (and arguably invasive) "features" by default?

There are (so far) 16 different applications from the Adobe CC suite which have tried to make outbound communications. They are:

- AAM Updates notifier Application | "aam updates notifier.exe"

- Adobe Application Manager | "pdapp.exe"

- Adobe CEP HTML Engine (InDesign) | "cephtmlengine.exe"

- Adobe CEP HTML Engine (Photoshop) | "cephtmlengine.exe"

- Adobe Creative Cloud | "creative cloud.exe"

- Adobe GC Custom Hook | "gccustomhook.exe"

- Adobe Geniune Software Integrity Service | "agsservice.exe"

- Adobe InDesign CC 2017 | "indesign.exe"

- Adobe Installer | "setup.exe"

- Adobe License Utility | "adobe_licutil.exe"

- Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 | "Photoshop.exe"

- Core Sync | "Coresync.exe"

- Creative Cloud | "adobe desktop service.exe"

- Creative Cloud Set-Up | "creativecloudset-up.exe"

- LogTransport Application | "logtransport2.exe"

- Node.js: Server-side Javascript | "node.exe"

After a fresh reboot, without starting ANY Adobe CC applications, and informing Creative Cloud NOT to start at boot, the following Adobe CC related services start automatically:

- Adobe IPC Broker (32 Bit)

- CCLibraries (32 Bit)

- Node.js

(there were several others, but I had already manually disabled them in services.msc).

Is there a guide or instructions of some sort for privacy minded users to disable everything not required to run the application offline? I would like to do this in order to minimize the memory footprint consumed by this Adobe CC suite, reduce the amount of bandwidth being used, and return to a simple "desktop app" like user experience.

Are there functions within Photoshop and InDesign that can be disabled to prevent the hellstorm of services and outbound connections from firing up?

Please advise. Thank you.

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Privacy PLEASE? - minimal services & outbound communication for Adobe CC?

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Is there a technical admin out there who can assist? We are using only Adobe InDesign CC and Adobe Photoshop CC.

I've so far found Adobe CC to be very privacy invasive.

By default, the following options were/are enabled for new users:

- Creative Cloud "sync" - Automatically enabled & pointed at my entire c:/users/me/* path? That sucks.

- Desktop App(lication) Usage - Automatically enabled.   If I understand - logs actions made within the adobe app? "but not content"

- Machine learning - Automatically enabled"If you prefer that Adobe not analyze your files to take action and make suggestions..."

Why does Adobe enable these 3 privacy relevant (and arguably invasive) "features" by default?

There are (so far) 16 different applications from the Adobe CC suite which have tried to make outbound communications. They are:

- AAM Updates notifier Application | "aam updates notifier.exe"

- Adobe Application Manager | "pdapp.exe"

- Adobe CEP HTML Engine (InDesign) | "cephtmlengine.exe"

- Adobe CEP HTML Engine (Photoshop) | "cephtmlengine.exe"

- Adobe Creative Cloud | "creative cloud.exe"

- Adobe GC Custom Hook | "gccustomhook.exe"

- Adobe Geniune Software Integrity Service | "agsservice.exe"

- Adobe InDesign CC 2017 | "indesign.exe"

- Adobe Installer | "setup.exe"

- Adobe License Utility | "adobe_licutil.exe"

- Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 | "Photoshop.exe"

- Core Sync | "Coresync.exe"

- Creative Cloud | "adobe desktop service.exe"

- Creative Cloud Set-Up | "creativecloudset-up.exe"

- LogTransport Application | "logtransport2.exe"

- Node.js: Server-side Javascript | "node.exe"

After a fresh reboot, without starting ANY Adobe CC applications, and informing Creative Cloud NOT to start at boot, the following Adobe CC related services start automatically:

- Adobe IPC Broker (32 Bit)

- CCLibraries (32 Bit)

- Node.js

(there were several others, but I had already manually disabled them in services.msc).

Is there a guide or instructions of some sort for privacy minded users to disable everything not required to run the application offline? I would like to do this in order to minimize the memory footprint consumed by this Adobe CC suite, reduce the amount of bandwidth being used, and return to a simple "desktop app" like user experience.

Are there functions within Photoshop and InDesign that can be disabled to prevent the hellstorm of services and outbound connections from firing up?

Please advise. Thank you.

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May 17, 2017

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Hi,

You can find a complete list of network endpoints accessed by CC applications here

https://helpx.adobe.com/content/dam/help/attachments/Creative_Cloud_for_enterprise_Service_Endpoints...

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May 17, 2017

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Thanks! While that answers a small part of the question, I am looking more for a document to run Adobe CC for the most part "offline" or behind a very strict firewall. I realize that Adobe CC will occasionally need to be allowed out to verify the license/subscription is still valid, but I would imagine this is something like ever 30-60 days or so?

Also, are there functions enabled by default within either PhotoShop or InDesign which would increase the number of services (and outbound communications)?  Again, I want to run Adobe CC with the smallest memory and traffic footprint as possible.

Thank you

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May 17, 2017

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For example, I had both Photoshop and InDesign open earlier. Now they are both completely closed, and I do not allow Creative Cloud app to run in the system tray. So all Adobe CC apps are currently closed. Unfortunately, the following background services remain unnecessarily open:

- ADobe IPC Broker

- CCLibraries

- CCXProcess

- CoreSync

- Creative Cloud

- Logtransport Application

- Node.js (2 instances)

None of this should be running. Or that is to say, I don't want or need anything related to Adobe CC running now (I am not using the application) - and 8 things running when not using the application at all seems a bit excessive, if not a bug. Is it a bug? Or is it intended that all of these services are running while I am not using Adobe CC?

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