How to do Privacy Settings in Windows 10

Windows 10 is launched with many new features and settings. These settings however do not respect user privacy. In order to control the behavior of Windows 10 you need to disable some of the features that compromises on the user privacy. In this article, we are going to take a look at some privacy specific settings that you can make to your Windows to improve privacy.

Windows 10 seems to have a lot of privacy leak issues that needs fixing. From the installation to the first boot of the desktop, if you leave small details unchecked then in can result in your data being sent to the MS servers. By default Windows doesn't focus more on your privacy and instead it needs more data from users for improving their service.

Not every user is comfortable in sharing their usage information with the Microsoft. So it is reasonable to say that we have to disable some of the features that break the privacy. In this article we are going to fix some of the common privacy issues.

Privacy Settings during Installation

Installation offers you a set of privacy controls that are enabled by default, making your computer connected to the MS data center. Follow the steps below to set the privacy options to disabled for better privacy.

1. During installation find the screen titled "Get going fast" and click on the "Customize Settings' link.
2. On "Customize Settings" page make sure every option under "Browser and Protection" and "Connectivity and Error Reporting" is turned off.
3. On second screen, turn off the "Personalisation" and "Location" options too.
4. On third screen titled as "Make it yours", click on the link below that says "Skip this step".

If you set these basic privacy option during installation, then there won't be much of a privacy issue while using the desktop. I suggest using these settings during the installation.

Privacy Settings after Installation

Once your desktop is installed properly after upgrade from Windows 7 or 8 or even from clean install, you need to make following changes. The changes explained below will turn off some of the privacy options.

1. Go to Windows Button > Settings > Privacy. This page lists the privacy option enabled by default. These options if kept enabled will send the computer information anonymously to the Windows servers.
2. On the part that says "Change privacy options", set all the listings to off.
3. If you are using Windows in any other language than English and wish to use the language support section then and only then set the option " Let websites provide locally relevant content" option to enabled.
4. Click on Location tab of privacy settings page and disable the "Location for this device" option.
5. Click on "Speech, inking and typing" tab, and disable the "Getting to know you" button.
6. Click on "Feedback and Diagnostic" tab, and set the Feedback frequency to "Never" and "Diagnostic" data to "Basic".

If you set up these options then your computer will less likely to have a personalized information about the computer. And this reduces the amount of data being collected from the computer.

Privacy in Windows Update

Windows update too collects some information about the computer. You can't completely remove the settings that collects the data but restrict the information being collected. You can disable some of the privacy issues for the updates by following these steps.

1. Go to Windows Button > Settings > "Update and Security".
2. Select Advanced options link from the page.
3. Disable "Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows".
4. Click on "Choose how updates are delivered" link under the page.
5. Turn off the button "Updates from more than one place".
6. Click on "Windows defender" tab and disable turn off "Cloud based protection" button.
7. Turn off the "Sample submission" option.
8. Keep the "Real time protection" tab enabled if you choose to use Windows defender.

These settings will officially limit the Windows from using personal data while delivering the Windows updates. You can also disable the Windows Update if you don't want to have forced installation of the updates.

Privacy Settings in NetWork

The settings for the network and internet page will disable the page from collective Wifi information. Follow the steps below to disable WiFi Sense settings.

1. Go to Windows button > Settings > Network and Internet.
2. Click on Wifi tab and go to "Manage Wifi Settings" page.
3. On "Manage Wifi Settings" page, disable both the options.
4. Turn off "Connect to Suggested open hotspots".
5. Turn off "Connect to networks shared by my contacts".

These settings once disabled will stop collecting Wifi Sense information. So once disabled your information will not be sent anonymously over the network. If you are using antivirus that allows you to modify this behavior would help as well.

Login Privacy

Windows 10 allows you the option of logging into the system using Microsoft account or the local account. If the system is not connected to the internet most of the time then it makes sense to disable the Microsoft account. Follow the steps below to disable the Microsoft account for the login.

1. Go to Settings > Accounts > Your account.
2. Click on "Sign in with local account instead".
3. Go to Sync your settings tab from the left sidebar.
4. Turn off the sync settings.

Making these changes will keep you logged into the operating system using the local account. And this will make Windows stop collecting your login information. And if you remove the logs from the system cleaner then you don't have to worry about previous logs created by Windows 10.

Most of the Windows 10 feature sets are breaking your privacy by default. Unless you take control on your own the system will continue to grab the data and send it to the MS servers. You have to choose the above settings to disable the broken privacy features of Windows 10. In future there will be more updated features that would require disabling the settings that doesn't protect your privacy.


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