There is no doubt that a system with the default settings in Windows 10 sends out a constant stream of information to Microsoft. Even if you disable the raft of privacy settings pointed out in a previous article, it seems there is still information flowing out to Microsoft servers. Reactions to this monitoring vary widely. Some people are more than a little disturbed by what they see as intrusive Microsoft spying. Others are blasé, accepting this sort of thing as standard procedure on the Internet. Whatever your feelings may be, it is worth understanding the issues and knowing what security measures are available. Here is a collection of essential information that will help you understand the processes involved and what can be done to protect your privacy.
This is the company statement of Microsoft’s privacy policies. Among many things, it says, “And we use data to help make the ads we show you more relevant to you.”
Some information about the information sent by the Windows 10 diagnostics function. As far as I can tell, this function cannot be totally turned off.
A collection of additional FAQs on various Windows 10 privacy settings.
Peter Bright’s analysis of the Internet traffic between Windows 10 and Microsoft. He notes that disabling the Windows 10 privacy settings still allows information to be sent to Microsoft.
Windows Central survey of the privacy settings in Windows 10 and the Edge browser.
Lifehacker survey of the functions of the various Windows 10 privacy settings.
Detailed analysis of how Windows 10 sends information to Microsoft.
Bleeping Computer forum thread on some possible ways to increase privacy.
A list of freeware to help with the privacy settings in Windows 10. This reference is for information only and does not constitute a recommendation by Gizmo. Use of any of this freeware is at your own risk. Personally, I prefer to configure all my security settings manually.
Very informative discussion in Gizmo’s Freeware Forum. Worth reading by anyone concerned about privacy in Windows 10. The present article is based to a large extent on information found there.
11. (Added later) Comparison of Windows 10 Privacy tools
Survey at gHacks of seven different privacy tools.
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