Windows 10 Security Settings: Steps to Keep Your Personal Data Private
Millions of people use Windows 10, and users with Windows 7, 8.1, and 8.1 can get the new OS free of charge until July 2016. Support and updates are at no charge as long as Microsoft supports the operating system. Windows 10 may well come with added performance and features, but there is a lot of criticism for it as it appears there are some serious privacy concerns with it.
You will need to configure your computer to protect your privacy, whether its passwords, sensitive documents or images.
There is a lot of personal information that Windows 10 collects from its users — phone numbers, credit card numbers, GPS location etc. Windows 10 allows you to share your wifi-password with Skype contacts or your Facebook contacts. Whenever they are in your area and covered by your wifi router they will automatically connect your wifi. This feature is enabled by default and it simply means that hackers can get into your network without your permission. Some information can be encrypted and shared with your contacts.
Microsoft Windows 10 uses Keylogger to collect and use user data in different ways. They are able to collect information about the file, application used to open the file, and also how long it takes. They claim this is for so-called improving performance. Even if you enter text, the typed characters are collected and used for spell check features. They have also said ‘ we will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (emails etc) when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to protect our customers or enforce the terms governing the use of the services’.
You can Choose what is Enabled
So how do you protect yourself from these security issues, and what steps are there to actually disable some of the features? If you are intending to install Windows 10, ensue that you do a custom install so that you can choose what is enabled at the onset.
Even if you have installed Windows 10 using Express settings, you will still be able to disable some of the default privacy settings. Click on the start button, and then click ‘settings’. Once done, click ‘privacy’ and then click on the ‘general’ button on the sidebar to the left. Below that table will be some sliders, allowing you to toggle feature on or off as you wish. It is the top toggle button which is considered the most important as it disables the advertising ID for the different users. You can also disable Cortana and dictation by going to the ‘speech, inking and typing’ tab and disabling it. You are able to disable Cortana from gathering information about you by pressing the ‘stop getting to know me’ button.
Get Used to No More Privacy
With modern technology you simply don’t have privacy anymore, and even Google’s Eric Schmidt has said ‘ you have no privacy, get over it’, so while you can privatize Windows 10, there is a price to pay and you lose a lot of its appeal.