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How to Configure Privacy Settings in Windows 10

Even though Privacy is a sarcasm, Windows 10 like any other software offers users to Configure Privacy Settings in Windows 10. There are genuine people around the globe who would want to make sure privacy options are there, so apps, websites and anything that has a digital signature doesn’t collect their data. That’s is why every OS mobile or desktop, have options for Privacy.

Configure Privacy Settings in Windows 10

Windows has been long haunted for Privacy, and Microsoft not only opened up on how they collect data, but Windows 10 Feature Update also comes with tons of options which allow you to control them. In this post, we look at those options.

How to Configure Privacy Settings in Windows 10

  • Go to Settings > Privacy. Look for a big blue-coloured lock icon.
  • Once you are here, you have sections on the left, and under each of them, you get a lot of toggles.
  • Open each of them and choose which kind of permission each of the should have. For example, if you don’t want location info to be shared, you can go to Location > and Turn Off Location Service.

  • Similar way you can configure for the following:
    1. Microphone
    2. Notifications
    3. Speech, Inking, and Typing
    4. Account info.
    5. Contacts
    6. Calendar
    7. Call history.
    8. Email
    9. Tasks
    10. Messaging
    11. Radios
    12. Other Devices
    13. Feedback and Diagnostics.
    14. Background Apps
    15. App Diagnostics.

Since apps can access data from your microphone, contact book, gallery, and other places, I strongly recommend you to go through Background Apps, and App Diagnostics to make sure you are aware of what each of them is doing.

Windows 10 Feature Update Setup also offers detailed privacy setup during Windows 10 Installation. This is useful when you are doing it for the first time.

In this age of the internet where everybody wants to share what they are doing right now on social websites. The meaning of Privacy is getting close to Sarcasm. We all want our space, but we also want others to look at what we do and sound cool. And then there are Privacy Advocates.

Microsoft Privacy Dashboard: Configure Privacy Online

Since you are associating a Microsoft account in Windows 10 computer, it is wise to make sure to check your privacy online as well. The Redmond Giant offers Microsoft Privacy Dashboard which lets you see and manage more data associated with a Microsoft account. It includes

  • Common Data, like the Operating System’s name, the Version, Device ID, Device Class, Diagnostic level selection, and so on.
  • Device Connectivity and Configuration. It includes device properties and capabilities, preferences and settings, peripherals, and device network information.
  • Product and Service Performance data that show device health, performance and reliability data, movie consumption functionality on the device and device file queries. It’s important to note that this functionality is not intended to capture user viewing or, listening habits.
  • Product and Service Usage data includes details about the usage of the device, operating system, applications, and services.
  • Software Setup and Inventory. It includes installed applications and installs history, device update information.

You will be able to see the data that is saved with your Microsoft account. It will allow you to manage your data and change what information is collected by adjusting the privacy settings on your device or browser at any time.

We hope it was easy for you to follow the post, you did configure the privacy settings as you wish.

A die-hard fan of Windows, PC Gaming, and Xbox. He is a seasoned content writer with over 15 years of experience in the industry. He is a specialist in writing about Windows, software reviews, troubleshooting Windows, and automation.



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