This free utility integrates several Windows 10 privacy and security settings into one easy to use graphical interface where you can check and change privacy and security settings with just a few clicks.
Microsoft collects quite a bit of date through telemetry and some Windows 10 features are unpopular. This free tool allows you to analyze, enable, or disable Windows 10 privacy and security settings.
Privatezilla (formerly Spydish) integrates the most critical Windows 10 privacy policies into a graphical user interface (GUI) where they can be checked and changed. The program is quite simple, there are two panes in a window. Settings are on the left, and the right displays what policies are active on your system after you click the Analyze button. You can check or uncheck any policies you want to change and revert any selected settings.
Some common policies that can be enabled or disabled include blocking ads, disabling Cortana or Bing in Windows Search, disabling forced Windows updates, blocking major Windows updates, disabling access to camera, microphone, call history, contacts, documents, pictures, and more. Hover over the entries for tool tips on what setting does.
The settings are grouped in categories: Privacy, Cortana, Bloatware, App permissions, Windows Updates, Gaming, Windows Defender, Microsoft Edge, and Security.
Privatezilla is small and portable, making it easy to run from a flash drive. The only requirement is Windows 10.
While not as extensive as other utilities, Privatezilla covers the main Windows 10 privacy and security settings. It's a good tool for new users because it's easy to understand, make changes, and revert policies. Experienced users will find it handy for those times a more extensive program isn't needed.
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