If you clicked through the installation process for Windows 10 you probably agreed to a bunch of things that jeopardize your privacy online.
But, don't worry, we can fix it all in a couple of dozen clicks.
- Click on the Windows logo and then click on SETTINGS
- Within settings, it is easiest to just search search for the privacy settings. So, type "privacy" in the box labeled "Find a setting".
- Oddly, "Privacy settings" isn't the one on the top of the list. So locate this and click on it. It will look like this (see image below).
- Go through each of the 13 tabs and adjust your settings to your liking.
- You also need to go to their website to stop ads online. You can set those settings here (you will need to login with your Microsoft account). Turn both of the options off.
Once you have done this, your privacy should be protected a whole lot better than by just using the default settings.
Also, you may chose to disconnect your PC from your Microsoft account and only use a local account. You can do this, and this is another step to take to protect your privacy.
You simply go to Settings then Accounts.
*** UPDATE ***
You can now also download an app that will handle the privacy for you.
You can download it here.
Here is a list of things it will handle for you:
- Disable telemetry
- Disable Biometrics
- Disable handwriting data disclosure
- Disable handwriting Error Reporting
- Disable Application Telemetry
- Disable Inventory Collector
- Disable Steps Recorder
- Disable lock screen camera settings
- Deactivate and reset Cortana
- Disable localization
- Disable sensors
- Disable Web search
- Disable Windows Media DRM Internet access
- Activate postponing upgrades
- Disable app notifications
- Disable Password button ads
- Stopping and resetting the advertising ID
- Disable SmartScreen filter for URLs
- Disable sending write information
- Disable access to language list
- Disable app access to localization
- Disable app access to camera
- Disable app access to microphone
- Disable acquaintance
- Disable app access to user accounts info
- Disable app access to calendar
- Disable app access to messages
- Disable app access to wireless connections
- Disable app access to Uncoupled devices
- Disable prompts Feedback
- Disabling Windows Update distribution
- Disable Windows Update for other products
- Disable WiFi Sense
- Disable Windows Defender
- Disable automatic Windows Updates
- Deactivate OneDrive
- Disable Automatic Driver Updates