Unfortunately, Windows 10 may surpass Google’s search engine when it comes to user data that is collected by default. The operating system silently collects, organizes, and sends to Microsoft sensitive data on its users and their activity including key strokes.
Fortunately, you can still make some tweaks and force Windows 10 keep its tentacles of your precious data. Among the data the OS steals from you is your location history, messenger messages, calendar notes, personal contacts and many more.
“Microsoft collects information about you, your devices, applications and networks, and your use of those devices, applications and networks.” It is stated in the Terms and Conditions you need to check before installing, of course often without reading.
Microsoft goes on and explicitly says that the new version of the operating system will “collect” user’s name, interests, e-mail addresses, Internet search and file history, device settings, the way and how often you use applications, phone call, and texting data.
Moreover, the company will collect and disclose the content of e-mails and messenger apps stored in private folders “when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to,” Microsoft wrote in a statement.
Yet, you can still take some steps to prevent that. But we don’t know for sure if you would have this luxury on the next version of Windows.
You should read the entire Terms and Conditions sheet before installing the product. Accepting those terms and conditions means that you agree to “voluntarily” take part in Microsoft’s data collection program.
After installation, go to Settings> Privacy and turn off the invasive presets no body asked your opinion about. Next you should also turn off sharing of your Wi-Fi connection from Start Menu> Change Wi-Fi settings.
Moreover, make sure you disable from Settings all options that allow Microsoft to forever store your browser history, Wi-Fi passwords, and data on apps and app use and later sell it to advertisers.
But there are some worrisome features you can do nothing about. For instance, MS Cortana Search Assistant collects personal data to enhance your “online experience.” Plus Windows 10 links by default a particular user of a device to a Microsoft ID that can be later used to tailor targeted ads.
All Windows updates now collect data on the apps on your computer and the networks you use.
But if things aren’t creepy enough so far, Microsoft wrote in its Terms and Conditions that the company “may” gather information on the app used to open a file whenever you open that file. Plus the OS “may” collect typed characters to improve the spell check feature of its word processing program.
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