With Windows 10 being released a little over a week already, one thing that has changed with the latest version of Windows 10 besides it much more refined look from Windows 8 is its privacy settings.
Privacy has been a big issue as of late, and with that, we will take a look into how to modify Windows 10 to send as little information to Microsoft and to third parties as much as possible
When installing or upgrading to Windows 10, an almost hidden option from the get-go is to manage what information gets sent to Microsoft and third parties. This is where you can disable what information gets sent to Microsoft, whether it be your location information or your unique advertising ID to customize ads based on your search and other information.
If by accident you choose Express install, you do have the option of changing what you share once installation is complete. To do so, you would have to click on the “Start” button and go to Settings and then click on the Privacy.
From there you will be greeted with the following window where you can enable or disable what you share with Microsoft and third parties.
If you’re always on the go with your laptop, by default, Microsoft keeps track of your location(s) and with using that can send you customized ads and other suggestions with regards to your current location. To turn it off you have to go into the second tab and disable the settings.
If you’re a Windows phone or tablet user, you’ve heard about Microsoft’s assistant, Cortana, in which you would use to search things and complete tasks without typing. Windows 10 does include Cortana but even then, information you search for, that data is being sent to Microsoft for analysis.
You are able to disable Cortana by typing Cortana in the Search Windows box and clicking on Cortana Search & Settings, you will be greeted by the following screen.
With that said, by turning off these options in Windows 10 it will prevent a lot of your data from being sent to Microsoft and third parties.