How To Reclaim Your Privacy on Windows 10

September 2016

Managing your privacy settings in Windows 10 can be a real headache, especially when you are new to the system. Windows 10 will collect data about the various activities performed on your PC and share them with Microsoft, all in the name of delivering a personalized user experience. Furthermore, data collection will also be conducted through apps such as Bing, Cortana, OneDrive, and other Microsoft-based apps and services installed on your system.

We have compiled the best tips to help you protect your personal data on Windows 10.

Tips & Tricks to Protect Your Privacy on Windows 10

Click on Start > Settings > Privacy:


Here, you will find all the tools to manipulate the privacy settings of Windows 10.

Turn Off Windows 10's Keylogger

Windows 10 has the ability to record the keystrokes, text, and messages typed on your computer. To disable this feature, go to the General section > Change privacy options and toggle the Send Microsoft info about how I write to help us improve typing and writing in the future option Off:


For more information, please read our tip How To Turn Off Windows 10's Keylogger.

Opt Out of Interest-Based Ads

If you've signed in to Windows 10 using a Microsoft account, an advertising ID will be automatically assigned to your device. It will allow Microsoft to identify your device—and push personalized ads—when you connect to services such as Xbox Live or Windows Store. To opt out of Microsoft's interest-based advertising, go to the General section > Change privacy options and toggle the Let apps use my advertising ID for experiences across apps option Off:


Turn Off Location Services on Windows 10

Location services are enabled by default in Windows 10. But if you would like to stop Windows 10 from accessing your location data, go to the Location section and toggle the Location for this device option Off:


For more information, please read our article How To Turn Off Location Services on Windows 10.

Stop Windows 10 from Getting to Know You

Windows 10 will try to learn as much as it can about you by collecting information about your contacts and calendar events, and by learning about your speech and handwriting patterns. To turn off this feature, go to Speech, inking, & typing and click on Stop getting to know me:


For more information, please read our article Prevent Windows 10 from Getting to Know You.

Stop Apps from Accessing Your Account Info

Some apps require access to your account information (such as your profile photo, name, and email address). If you would like to ban the access to your personal info, go to Accounts info and toggle the Lets apps access my name, picture, and other account info option Off:


Keep the Sharing of Diagnostic and Usage Data to a Minimal

Windows 10 doesn't allow users to permanently disable the upload of diagnostic and usage data. The best you can do is to keep it to a minimal. Go to Feedback & diagnostics > Diagnostic and usage data. Click on the drop down menu below Send your device data to Microsoft and select Basic:


Microsoft's Privacy Statement

Microsoft is transparent when it comes to why data is collected, and how it is used or shared. Click privacy to view Microsoft's Privacy Statement.

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