There is no way to get Windows 10 to not spy on you completely, but there are ways to lessen its impact on your privacy. I rarely use Windows OS’s anymore, but I do have 10 installed on one of my computers. I only use it for certain games that I cannot play on Linux. Otherwise, I avoid Windows like the plauge it is.
Windows 10 privacy
Microsoft’s Privacy Statement… makes clear its intention to collect your data when you ‘create a Microsoft account, submit a search query to Bing, speak a voice command to Cortana, upload a document to OneDrive, or contact us for support’.
However, if you’d rather not hand over your private data, don’t worry – it’s not too late to roll back these changes. Here we’ll run you through some steps to help you take back your privacy in no time.
1. Ad personalisation
Personalised ads are a form of targeted marketing that companies use online. When you visit a website for the first time, a ‘cookie‘ is downloaded to your PC – a small text file of viewing data that the site uses if you ever return, so that it can tailor the ads you see.
Happily, Windows 10 makes advertising personalisation optional by integrating it into its privacy settings.
2. Disable ads in Windows
Disabling personalised ads in Windows 10 is a two-step process. First, go to the ‘Settings’ window by selecting the option from within the Start menu.
Once you’re in ‘Settings’, navigate to the ‘Privacy > General’ panel via the left-hand column and slide off the button next to the option ‘Let apps use my advertising ID for experience across apps’. Turning this off will reset your ID.
3. Disable ads online
This next step has to be carried out online, so in your web browser, go to Microsoft’s webpage for controlling your Ad preferences.. On the web page that appears, select the ‘x’ or ‘Off’ button in the box next to ‘Personalised ads wherever I use my Microsoft account’ and do the same in the box next to ‘Personalised ads in this browser’.
4. Wi-Fi Sense
Another new feature of Windows 10 that you may prefer to disable is Wi-Fi Sense, which lets you share access to password-protected Wi-Fi routers.
To achieve this, Wi-Fi Sense shares passwords over an encrypted network to other users’ computers that you have approved, but the users themselves never see the password and cannot grant sharing permissions to others.
5. Manage Wi-Fi Settings
The advantage of Wi-Fi Sense is that it means you don’t have to approve friends every time they come over and try to connect to your wireless network.
But if you’d rather not use it, go to ‘Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi > Manage Wi-Fi Settings’, and switch off the buttons next to ‘Connect to suggested open hotspots’ and ‘Connect to open networks shared by my contacts’.
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