Check These Privacy Settings Before Using Windows 10

By Deepak Saxena February 16, 2017 Windows

Have you recently upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or 8? If you do not want to share a lot of personal information on the internet, then simply change privacy settings to protect your location and identity details. Let us find out 5 such settings that are turned on in Windows 10 by default, and can share information about you online; and how can you turn them off.

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1. Turn off location: If you are using a portable device such as a laptop or a tablet many times it may ask your permission to allow location. For many of the application you should grant permission to access location but it does not mean that it should be turned on all the time. Windows 10 Stores location history for up to 24 hours.

You can quickly turn off location from the action center or you can turn it off from settings menu> location>location for this device>turn it off.

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2. Stop Cortana from remembering you. Voice assistant on windows 10 make the things easier for you. But when Cortana starts recognizing your speech it can speak out your name in front of anyone which you may not want it to do sometimes. With this it also collects information about your contacts, calendar and browsing history which makes it must to disable it to know you if you are privacy conscious.

To stop Cortana remembering you. Settings menu and go to Speech, inking, & typing. Under Getting to know you, click Stop getting to know me.

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3. Stop syncing: If sync will be turned on all your notifications will be synced among the devices you use. Your passwords will also be synced among the devices and it is obvious that you will not be available on both the devices at time so if you want to protect your privacy better and at the same time you want to use same Microsoft account for two devices then you should turn off the sync.

You can turn off sync from Settings menu and then going to Accounts > Sync your settings.

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4. Disable to show notifications when screen is locked: In the previous versions of windows no one was able to see any notifications if the screen is locked but in Windows 10 we can see Notifications even if screen is locked. Of course setting up a lock is the first thing we do whenever we get a new device but with Windows 10 you will also need to disable lock screen notifications.

To disable lock screen notifications, you have to disable following three tings which are by default turned on.

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5. Turn off your advertising ID: Each Microsoft account is having an advertising ID which collects information and thus you receive personalize adds as per your preferences. Turning this feature off will definitely stop adds popping up while using Windows 10 and connected to internet but you will still see the adds while using browser.

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Also check: 3 Easy Ways to Capture Screenshots in Windows 10

Changing these default settings will surely help to get better privacy on your Windows 10 device. If you have any other operating system related issues or if you are looking for the solution of a technical issue you can give us a call on our toll free number which is (855) 765-6710.

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Deepak Saxena

"Deepak Saxena is a writer and blogger for The Phone Support. He loves to explore hidden features of the devices around him. Many of his articles are helpful to troubleshoot tech relates issues. Being a technical writer he keeps an eye on emerging technical trends and new features or updates releasing on daily basis. His articles are well to do for both tech savvy and non tech savvy audience."