Windows 10 Privacy Settings

When the release of Microsoft Windows 10 was available some experts found your privacy could be invaded easily. A few other things like collecting on factory presets, which has all the information about you even if its in a text message, the location history, and any other information that you have shared with them.  Even personal contacts , calendar notes with  plans of exact  dates.   One of the main things to is READ THE TERMS and CONDITIONS . Continue reading to see how you can deactivate some of the default settings and see a few ways to protect yourself.

DISABLE Wi-Fi sharing
Windows 10 is set up by default to share your Internet connection over Wi-Fi.  This is a dangerous feature and one you DON’T want.  We suggest to be on the safe side to disable it at the beginning of trying to protect your privacy.

The two main problems are : 1. People you don’t know can connect to your secure Wi-Fi network without even knowing your password. 2. Wi-Fi Sense creates a direct connection between two computers that use of the PC does not initiate.

Two settings you need to change to keep you safe:

1..Open the Settings app from the taskbar or Start Menu, then open Change Wi-Fi settings and click Manage Wi-Fi settings. Now, uncheck all the boxes under “For networks I select, share them with.” (Disable all of Wi-Fi Sense’s features).

2.. You need to protect your home Wi-Fi network and make sure that other users with Wi-Fi Sense cannot connect to it.  You’ll have to rename the network’s SSIDso that it ends with “_optout.” For example:  if your  network’s name right now is “MyISProcks,” you’ll have to rename it to “MyISProcks_optout.”

 This is just some of the many Privacy settings in Windows 10:

During Installations you will be asked to use Express Settings, that isn’t a good idea.  What you need to do is select Custom Settings and follow the image below:

These setting pertain to personalization and location which sends your personal information to Microsoft. We recommend you turn them off unless you like customized advertising .

This next image are more cryptic but most important:

The first two in the above settings are for SmartScreen and Page Prediction, they just send more of you activity to Microsoft.  The next two are about Networks and Hotspots which means that you computer can connect to certain networks without your consent. The last one may seem harmless but if  something goes wrong and you send that information it may include tons of sensitive stuff.  If you feel comfortable helping out Microsoft by sending error information then you can leave it enabled.

How to Turn off the Secret Settings: 
Above when you turned off the Send Error and Diagnostic information you just reduced it..To really reduce the amount of information sent to Microsoft, you need to go to the Start menu, select Settings, choose Privacy from the list of settings, and then go to the Feedback and Diagnostics section:

IF you choose basic it will keep the amount of random data sent to Microsoft at a minimum.

There are still about 12 other privacy settings, we recommend going through each and carefully assessing what you are willing to share. If you don’t have the time to do that …there is one very important one to set which is under Account Info:

This gives any app you install permission to use a reasonable amount of your account info.

Use Local Account:   Microsoft wants you to create a Microsoft Account, for example Live ID.  We suggest you use a Local Account like Gmail or Yahoo Mail or any other. The reason is because if you sign in on a Microsoft Account, Microsoft could upload whatever data it wants to your server-side profile without you knowing.

Don’t Let your  Bandwidth be stolen by Microsoft:  It is set by default to a peer-to-peer node to help it distribute Windows 10 updates, in order to save Microsoft server bandwidth costs. It may slow your system down and even cost additional money if you are metered connected. It is on the hardest settings to turn off.  We’ll help you out in the next image.  First, start up Settings and click on Update & security.

Go to Windows Update screen of Update & security, select Advanced options.

Go to Advanced options, select Choose how updates are delivered.  You may want to click on the drop box Notify to schedule restart and change the settings there so Windows doesn’t update and reboot your computer after installing updates spontaneously.

Finally..  you need to turn off  the peer to peer distribution of updates:

Don’t Use:

Microsoft’s Cortana the personal assistant and its new Edge browser are designed to get as much of your personal information as possible to customize your experience in Windows 10 and learn all about you.  Until it is clarified in Microsoft’s privacy policies we are recommending you not to use these features.  Stick with the browser you are using now like Chrome, Firefox, Opera or even 
Internet Explorer.

The information above is not a complete list but it’s the most important ones where Microsoft made the defaults uncomfortably intrusive,  nosy or simply greedy.. You can find more information on Windows 10 privacy in these links we are sharing with you:

We hope you find this information useful and please share this post with your friends.   Stay Safe out there!

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