Windows 10 – Adjusting Your Privacy Settings

Windows 10 includes several information gathering features which some users may wish to disable. These configuration settings can be adjusted during the initial install or upgrade of Windows 10, or post-install. See below for methods to adjust your privacy settings in Windows 10
 

During Windows 10 Install or Upgrade

During the Windows 10 install, users will be prompted to “Use Express settings” or “Customize settings”. To configure your privacy options, click the “Customize settings” option. When the Customize settings screen appears, all the options are toggled to On. Please click the options you do not wish to have on to toggle them off. These options include:
 
The first two settings under Personalization help tailor Windows to your “speech, typing and inking input”. The function works “by sending contacts and calendar details, along with other associated input data to Microsoft.” In addition, Windows 10 will send your “typing and inking data” to Microsoft to improve the platform’s text recognition and suggestion capability. If you do not wish for your text, speech and touch screen input data to be sent to Microsoft, toggle this option to Off.
 
Finally Windows 10 can also generate a unique advertising ID for your account. This setting allows app ad networks and app developers to profile you and send you ads based on how you use Windows 10. If you do not wish to be tracked for ad purposes, toggle this option to Off.
 
The Location options allows Windows 10 and apps to request your location via your IP address. Furthermore, the location setting lets Windows 10 “send Microsoft and trusted partners some location data to improve location services.” If you do not want applications to know your location information by default, toggle this option to Off.
 
Once you have the options toggled to your liking, click Next to configure other settings options including Wi-Fi Sense.
 
The SmartScreen Filter protects your computer against “malicious content and downloads” in Microsoft’s Edge and Internet Explorer browsers. This option helps protect against malware and spyware and users may wish to leave it set to On. If you do not wish this to be active, click the option to “Off”.
 
The option for Page Prediction helps Microsoft “improve reading, speed up browsing, and make your overall experience better in Windows browsers.” It does this by collecting data related to your browser usage history, including sites your commonly frequent. This allows the browser to predict the desired website address you wish to visit when you begin to type one. If you do not wish this to be active, click the option to “Off”.
 
The next two options control how your PC connects to wireless networks. The first setting allows your PC to automatically connect to “suggested open hotspots”. The second option, Wi-Fi Sense, lets your PC automatically connect to networks people have shared with you and allows you to select a Wi-Fi network to share with your Outlook contacts, Facebook friends or people you have on your Skype account. This means that your wireless passwords are stored on a Microsoft server and if Wi-Fi Sense is enabled, all of your “friends” will have access to the network you share by default. If you do not wish this to be active, click the option to “Off”. Additional information on Wi-Fi sense can be found here.
 
Finally you have the option to “send error and diagnostic information to Microsoft.” This mean that if you computer crashes or has errors, it can send details of the situation to Microsoft. This data would then assist them with finding users a solution to the issue.

Adjusting Privacy After Installing Windows 10

To access your Privacy settings, click on the Notification icon in the lower right corner of your task bar and click on the All Settings option to open the main Settings app. Next, click on the Privacy link to open the Privacy settings panel. The following windows

To access your Wi-Fi sense settings, click on the Notification icon in the lower right corner of your task bar and click on the All Settings option to open the main Settings app. Then, click on the Network & Internet link to open the Network & Internet settings panel. Next, hit “Manage Wi-Fi settings” below the list of the available Wi-Fi networks. Finally you may click to turn off “Connect to suggested open hotspots” and “Connect to networks shared by my contacts”.

 

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Article ID: 59
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Thu 9/3/20 9:54 AM