How to Protect Your Privacy in Windows 10


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If you're concerned what kind of data is collected by Microsoft in Windows 10 here are steps you can take to maximize your privacy.

There's been some concern about what data Microsoft is collecting. Windows 10 sends data to Microsoft so that there's a seamless transition from device to device, and itself is a combination of services and software. Where to draw the line is different for everyone, whether you want your device locked up, enjoy being reminded of appointments, like everything synced across all your devices, or anything in between. Maybe you'd like to leave location on but disable ad tracking. This story goes step by step through all the options:.

- Turn off ad tracking
- Turn off location tracking
- Turn off Timeline
- Curb Cortana
- Ditch a Microsoft account for a local account
- Change your app permissions
- Control and delete diagnostic data
- Use Microsoft’s Privacy Dashboard
- Get granular in the Settings app

The article applies to the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809). It's been updated to reflect the current version, if you have an earlier version of Windows 10 things may not be quite the same.

If you'd like more granular control over Windows 10, O&O ShutUp10 is a portable free program that offers many more options. The recommended column is a good guide to what to turn on or off. It can be downloaded here:
O&O ShutUp10: Free antispy tool for Windows 10.

To turn off ads in Edge, File Explorer, Start Menu and Lock Screen and stop push notifications, this guide is helpful:
How to Stop Windows 10 Pop Up Ads

How to protect your privacy in Windows 10

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