5 privacy settings you should change in Windows 10

6 privacy settings you should change in Windows 10

Mircosoft becomes more transparent with its privacy settings on Windows 10 October update lots of security work are already done by Microsoft but there are still some of the settings needs to be changed from Windows users during this article I am sharing 5 windows 10 settings you should change right now.

Stop Data Syncing

Windows 10 data syncing is always running in the background it uses your system resources but more importantly Windows 10 sync your personal data like saved password, settings etc with Cloud. to turn off sync here is the few steps you need to follow

  1. Go to the Settings
  2. Click on Accounts
  3. Turn Off the  Sync settings under Sync your settings


Stop Data Syncing

Turn off Advertising Id

A Microsoft account has unique advertising ID and the company collects the information regarding your area of interest.

It totally depends on you that what kind of applications you are using and it makes easier to display ads relevant to you. However, you can Turn off your advertising ID here is how?

  1. Go to the Settings
  2. Click on Privacy
  3. Click on Toggle Off to Turn Off

It will not disable ads to display but it won’t use your interest to display ads.


turn off Advertising Id

Turn off your location services

Many application asks to access your current location or even track your location sometimes we grant permission but most of the time we don’t need that. on Windows 10 when you are online many apps asking you to access location.

But it not necessary to access your location by the third party application. Windows 10 has an option so that you can disable you location services here is how?

  1. Navigate to the Settings
  2. Click on Privacy
  3. Turn Off the Toggle switch


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Control Cortana Permission

If you are a Mac user then you might already know about Siri.  Cortana is a virtual assistant running on Windows 10. it collects information related to you when you are using voice commands on Windows 10 Cortana tries to know more about you. Cortana uses your voice to control your system to perform different task on your machine.

It gives you suggestions according to your interest and choice you have for that Cortana need permission for access messages, email and etc, However,
if you want to private your privacy you can control the permission of Cortana here is how?

  1. Navigate to the Settings
  2. Click on Cortana
  3. Turn Off to use Cortana when the device is locked



control cortana access

Control your lock screen

On Windows 10 lock screen display more information that you probably want to hide from others. By default windows, 10 lock display information like notifications, tips, suggestions, make sure you turn off this option to display information on the lock screen. To turn off follow these steps

  1. Click on Settings 
  2. Click on System -> Notifications & actions
  3. click on for toggle off Show notifications on the lock screen.


control your lock screen


For more information regarding privacy settings, you can visit Microsoft’s privacy dashboard for your account to see what information it’s storing in the cloud about you, including your browsing and search history in Microsoft Edge and your location data.




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