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How to protect privacy on Windows 10

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1. Use a password rather than a PIN for local accounts.

Whether you use a local account or Microsoft account, make sure you use a strong, alphanumeric password.

use a password

2. You don’t have to link your PC with a Microsoft account

You can create a local account instead. this avoids sharing data about your account, although you lose the ability to share data across devices.

How: Settings > Accounts > Sign in with a local account instead

You don’t have to link your PC with a Microsoft account

3. Randomize your hardware address on Wi-Fi.

Enabling random hardware addresses makes you less prone to tracking across different Wi-Fi networks. Note that not all devices support this.

How: Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi

Randomize your hardware address on WiFi

4. Don’t automatically connect to open Wi-Fi networks.

Windows 10 can connect to suggested open Wi-Fi hotspots automatically. Disable this setting to give you more control over your network connections.

How: Settings > Networks & Internet > Wi-Fi

Dont automatically connect to open WiFi networks.

5. Disable Cortana to keep voice data private.

Using Cortana, the voice-controlled assistant sends commands back to Microsoft as well as data about your files for local search. Disabling Cortana is more private but you lose voice-control functionality.

How: Settings > Cortana

Disable Cortana to keep voice data private

6. Watch out for system updates changing your privacy settings.

system updates are enabled by default which could revert your settings or add new ones, granting more access to parts of your system. Go back and check your settings after each major update, including looking for new items.

Most privacy settings on Windows 10 are accessible in the privacy area of settings. We recommend looking through each section in details, though here are the main settings to look out for.

7. Don’t share your advertising ID with apps on your system.

Disabling this also resets your advertising ID.

How: Settings > privacy > General

Dont share your advertising ID with apps on your system.

8. control which apps and services have access to your location.

You could also disable this entirely if not needed.

How: Settings> Privacy > Location

control which apps and services have access to your location.

9. Control which apps can access sensitive data.

You can block access to features such as camera, microphone, contacts, calendar, and call history.

How: Settings > Privacy > Camera/Microphone/Contacts/Calendar/Call history

Control which apps can access sensitive data. 1

10. Stop your speaking and typing being sent to the cloud.

Note that this needs to be enabled to be able to speak to Cortana.

How: Settings > Privacy > Speech, linking & Typing

Stop your speaking and typing being sent to the cloud.

11. Keep your account info private.

Decide which apps, if any, should have access to your account details such as your name and picture.

How: Settings > Privacy > Account info

12. Restrict the apps that can send or receive messages.

Electronic communications often contain sensitive data, so consider which apps really need access to your email, text or MMS messages.

How: Settings > Privacy > Email/marketing

13. Decide whether apps can control radios such as Bluetooth.

Note that turning this off doesn’t disable Bluetooth, it just prevents apps from being able to control it.

How: Settings > Privacy > Radius

14. Control apps’ ability to sync with non-paring devices.

Examples of such devices include beacons that transmit advertising information to devices in close proximity, such as in retail outlets.

How: Settings > Privacy > Other devices

15. limit the feedback and usage data that is sent to Microsoft.

Note That in “feedback & diagnostics” only “Basic” is available– there’s no “Disable”. We recommend also turning off the tailored tips based on your data.

How: Settings > privacy > Feedback & Diagnostics

 

Congratulations you’ve taken a big step to increase privacy and protecting the data on your Windows 10 System.

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