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Windows 10 Privacy Options

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The Windows 10 operating system introduced a new privicy policy from Microsoft that sends your personal data straight to Microsoft servers. While its unlikely that Microsoft plans to, or is using your personal information for nefarious purposes, its worthwhile reviewing the privacy settings on your Windows 10 computer.

As enabling or disabling privacy settings on your computer is a ‘judgement call’. We have listed all of the privacy options in Windows 10, and identified which of these settings we have enabled or disabled.

To access your Privacy options select Settings > Privacy:

Windows 10 General Privacy window

Settings in General

  • Let Apps use my advertising ID for experiences across apps ( turning this off will reset your ID )Turn off
  • Turn on SmartScreen Filter to check web content ( URLs ) that Windows Stores apps useTurn off
  • Send Microsoft info about how I write to help us improve typing and writing in the futureTurn off
  • Let websites provide locally relevant content by accessing my language listTurn off
  • Let apps on my other devices open apps and continue experiences on this devices – Turn off ( This function is similar to Apples “Handoff” feature. If you use multiple Windows devices you might wish to enable this option.)
  • Let apps on my other devices use Bluetooth to open apps and continue experiences on this device – Turn off ( Again this could be a useful if you want to handoff to another Windows 10 device )

Location

  • If location is on, each person issuing this device can choose their own location servicesTurn off ( This set of options will identify the location of your Windows 10 device. It records the location of where the device has been. You would enable this function for map applications to help find buildings or events in the area. You will have to turn on this function  to enable device tracking in the event of your device being lost or stolen. Only enable Location for this device if you actually intend to use location services. )
  • Manually select from the list of apps only those which you intent to use with location services (You should review this list if you have enabled location services)

Camera

  • Let apps use my CameraTurn off ( If you intend to use the camera on your computer for example Skype,  you should manually select only the apps that you want to have use the camera.)
  • Manually select from the list of apps only those which you intent to use with the computers camera (You should review this list if you have enabled ‘Let apps use my Camera’, so only apps you use can actually access the camera hardware)

Microphone

  •  Let apps use my microphone – Turn off
  • Manually select from the list of apps only those which you intent to use with the computers camera ( If you intend to use the microphone on your computer, then you need to ensure that you select only the apps that you want to use with the microphone i.e. for Skype calls )

Notifications

  • Let apps access my notifications – Turn off 

Speech, inking & typing 

  • We turn this feature off. However, if you use learning services such as dictation, Cortana or handwriting recognition you will need to have this feature enabled.

Account Info

  •  Let apps access my name, picture and other account infoTurn off 

Contacts

  • Let apps access my contactsTurn off

Calendar

  • Let apps access my calendarTurn off

Call History

  • Let apps access my call historyTurn off

Email

  • Let apps access and send emailTurn off

Messaging

  • Let apps read or send messages ( text or MMS ) – Turn off
  • Manually select from the list of apps only those which you intent to allow access to your text or MMS

Radios

  • Some apps use radio – such as Bluetooth – in your device to send and receive data. Sometimes, apps need to turn these radios on and off to work their magicTurn off
  • Manually select from the list of apps only those which you intent to allow control over your devices radios

Other devices

  • Let your apps automatically share and sync info with wireless devices that don’t explicitly pair with your PC, tablet or phoneTurn off
  • Use trusted devices ( Review to ensure that you only have devices that you recognise listed )

Feedback & Diagnostics

  • Windows should ask for my feedbackNever
  • Send your device data to MicrosoftBasic

Background apps

  • Choose which apps can receive info, send notifications and stay up to date, even when your not using them. Turning background apps off can help conserve power – You will need to judge which apps you want to run in the background. Examples of the apps we turn off are Contact Support, Paid WiFi & Mobile, Sport, Money, News, Tips and xbox