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Control your Privacy in Microsoft Windows 10

Windows 10 is a new operating system. Quite frequently a lot of users shocked by what they have seen in the Privacy Options for Microsoft Windows 10. Using the express settings when you go through the configuration and installation process you may not even know what’s going on in those options. In this article we will show you this, because it’s just out of control.

Now let’s go to Settings, here we have the Privacy Settings.

windows 10 settings start menu

windows 10 settings privacy

Nobody knows what’s going on here. We recommend you to turn everything off and we will explain why.

The first options we will talk about is Change Privacy Options (you can find it at General tab).

windows 10 settings privacy general

This one is letting apps use your advertising ID for experiences across apps, by default this option is on if you use express settings. Windows 10 giving you an advertising ID using this option, not only Windows Live ID. It allows OS to target the Ads towards you and someone said this is like a cookie. But we don’t think so because it’s built in your system now, that doesn’t look like cookies for us. We recommend you to turn it off.

The next interesting Privacy Option is third one: it allows Windows 10 to send info about how you write to help Microsoft to improve typing and writing in the future. Don’t get us wrong, but if Microsoft is going to reinvent the type writer, we think that this is a great feature. But if Microsoft wants to know how we are writing what is this all about here? We know that they analyze the emails, analyze your phone calls to predict your next steps a little bit better. But most of us is on the PC for the most part and they want you to send information about how you write to them? What is that mean? Do you have a key logger in your Windows 10? We don’t know for sure and can’t say like that, but we recommend you to turn it off also, it’s on by default.

The next option is fourth. You are letting websites to provide locally relevant content by accessing your language list by default. We don’t think that it’s useful for us that websites will be reporting our language every time. We recommend you to turn it off too. We’ve done here.

You also have other Privacy Options on your Windows Live account. You can manage them by clicking on “Manage my Microsoft advertising and another personalization info”. On the Web you got even more and it’s also built in your OS.

And that’s not all! There’s a hole section in Privacy settings!

For example Location. You can leave it on if you feel it will be useful for you (for example you are using your phone as a tracking device). But we recommend you to disable other things at the Location options.

windows 10 settings location

Let’s go ahead and move to Camera settings. The first thing you will see here is setting that allows apps to use your camera. We will tell you what app can use your camera – none of them! We recommend you to turn everything off here too.

windows 10 settings privacy camera

Now let’s go to Microphone Privacy Options. Some apps need to use a microphone, we understand that. But we recommend you to disable that too and if you had a problem you just need to turn it back then.

Now let’s talk about Speech, inking & typing settings. The first thing you can see here is that Windows and Cortana wants to know you better. OS collecting your contacts, recent calendar events, speech and handwriting patterns, your typing history by default. Do you like this? We don’t. So we recommend you to turn it off also (click on “Stop getting to know me”, then “Turn off”).

windows 10 settings privacy knowing you

The next thing is your Account info Privacy settings. It allows apps access your name, picture and other info. We sure that this is not good too and recommend you to turn it off.

Now Contacts settings. Here you can choose what apps can access your contacts. You can allow your Mail and Calendar to do that, but still it’s on your own risk.

Let’s move forward and go to Messaging Privacy options. Here you can choose apps that can read or send messages. At Radios setting you can let apps to control radios. We recommend you to turn off all of this also.

Now let’s take a look at Feedback & diagnostics. This option controls the amount of Windows diagnostics and usage data sent to Microsoft from your device. They don’t let you to turn it off and want your data no matter what. All you can do here is just set it to Basic (Enhanced is set by default).

windows 10 settings privacy feedback

The last one is Background apps Privacy Options. This options let apps run in the background. You can turn everything off and most of these apps will keep working whether you run them at background or not (maybe except Alarm & Clock).

So all of these things is on by the default. You can think that you are not doing anything wrong so it’s OK for you and you don’t care if every message, every call you did is acceptable for other people and they can listen or read it.

This article is made to help you to understand a nightmare situation with Privacy in Windows 10 and give you some solutions to protect yours. Hope it was useful!

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