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Most important Windows 10 Privacy settings

When Windows 10 was released in July 2015, and that replaced rather unpopular Windows 8.1 with a market share of just under 6%, a lot has changed in the product policy of Windows.

Switching from older versions of Windows should be made as palpable as possible for users, as they could upgrade to Microsoft’s latest operating system for a full year for free, and if they did not like it, they even had the option of a fallback, so you can go back could change.

However, Windows 10 has not only made much better than its predecessor, but it has also become much curious. So you were asked during the installation after all sorts of approvals to transfer certain data. Anyone who was annoyed here similar to excessive Terms and Conditions just has clicked on everything quickly.

But at least as interesting are also the privacy aspects in which one was not asked for the installation, but has almost tacitly accepted. In our article we would like to point out the most important privacy settings of Windows 10, which you should look at again.

The most important Windows 10 privacy settings
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The most important Windows 10 Privacy settings

When Windows 10 was released in July 2015, and that replaced rather unpopular Windows 8.1 with a market share of just under 6%, a lot has changed in the product policy of Windows.

Switching from older versions of Windows should be made as palpable as possible for users, as they could upgrade to Microsoft’s latest operating system for a full year for free, and if they did not like it, they even had the option of a fallback, so you can go back could change.

However, Windows 10 has not only made much better than its predecessor, but it has also become much curious. So you were asked during the installation after all sorts of approvals to transfer certain data. Anyone who was annoyed here similar to excessive Terms and Conditions just has clicked on everything quickly.

But at least as interesting are also the privacy aspects in which one was not asked for the installation, but has almost tacitly accepted. In our article we would like to point out the most important privacy settings of Windows 10, which you should look at again.

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1. The activity history

1. The activity history

The activity history allows you to track exactly when, for what, how long, and how many times you have used an app. The resulting data is stored by default in Windows as well as uploaded to Microsoft Server.

Of course, these data should serve exclusively to improve the services and products, and will also be sent anonymously. If you do not trust the whole thing, we recommend disabling the two hooks.

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The activity history allows you to track exactly when, for what, how long, and how many times you have used an app. The resulting data is stored by default in Windows as well as uploaded to Microsoft Server.

Of course, these data should serve exclusively to improve the services and products, and will also be sent anonymously. If you do not trust the whole thing, we recommend disabling the two hooks.

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2. Diagnosis and feedback options

2. Diagnosis and feedback options

Under the heading “Diagnosis and Feedback” there are two possibilities to choose between.

You can not completely deselect this function, which is why we recommend selecting the option “Simple”. Because with “Completely” pretty much all usage data (visited websites, use of programs, etc.) are sent to Microsoft and can also be assigned to your account (ie personalized).

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Under the heading “Diagnosis and Feedback” there are two possibilities to choose between.

You can not completely deselect this function, which is why we recommend selecting the option “Simple”. Because with “Completely” pretty much all usage data (visited websites, use of programs, etc.) are sent to Microsoft and can also be assigned to your account (ie personalized).

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3. Your account information

3. Your account information

The “Account Information” item determines whether apps are allowed to access your account information.

The statement states e.g. Name, picture and other account information.

And exactly the point “other account information” may already make you suspicious, if this is not explained. Therefore, we also recommend to deactivate this point here.

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The “Account Information” item determines whether apps are allowed to access your account information.

The statement states e.g. Name, picture and other account information.

And exactly the point “other account information” may already make you suspicious, if this is not explained. Therefore, we also recommend to deactivate this point here.

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4. The position service

4. The position service

The location service not only allows Windows 10 but also apps to access your location. Of course only to be able to offer you better services.

If you primarily use a desktop PC at home, this may still be relatively harmless, but if you are traveling with a laptop and often working from different locations, so also from the different position data and the temporal sequences a motion profile can be created.

Since we can not recognize any significant benefit for the user in this function, we also recommend disabling this service.

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The location service not only allows Windows 10 but also apps to access your location. Of course only to be able to offer you better services.

If you primarily use a desktop PC at home, this may still be relatively harmless, but if you are traveling with a laptop and often working from different locations, so also from the different position data and the temporal sequences a motion profile can be created.

Since we can not recognize any significant benefit for the user in this function, we also recommend disabling this service.

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5. The speech recognition

5. The speech recognition

Speech recognition is increasingly finding its way into IT products. First and foremost the Google language search, which you would hardly want to miss anymore.

Microsoft would like to improve with the speech recognition the own service “Cortana” for the voice control of the PC. But it remains not only in the recognition of the language, but also handwriting patterns and input history via the keyboard should be shared and transferred to Microsoft.

First of all, since Cortana is not yet available in Germany anyway, and we are also extremely skeptical about the recording of input curves and patterns, we should disable this point.

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Speech recognition is increasingly finding its way into IT products. First and foremost the Google language search, which you would hardly want to miss anymore.

Microsoft would like to improve with the speech recognition the own service “Cortana” for the voice control of the PC. But it remains not only in the recognition of the language, but also handwriting patterns and input history via the keyboard should be shared and transferred to Microsoft.

First of all, since Cortana is not yet available in Germany anyway, and we are also extremely skeptical about the recording of input curves and patterns, we should disable this point.

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6. Diagnosing apps

6. Diagnosing apps

The diagnosis of apps can also be found very often during the installation of new programs. However, it is not always clear to the user which data is transmitted exactly where, and for what purpose.

Microsoft wants to allow the apps under Windows 10 to also access usage data from other apps. This allows different applications to communicate with each other, and this information can then be sent to Microsoft Server along with your account information.

Again, it is completely obscure to the user how this data is handled. Since the added value for the user is not recognizable from our point of view, the recommendation to deactivate this service also applies here.

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Conclusion:

All in all, we can say that although Microsoft would like to know some of us, it also makes it quite easy for us to simply contradict it, or deactivate functions and services.

With a data octopus like Facebook, Windows 10 really can not be compared. But it also becomes clear that you are more and more responsible for what happens to your own data. Convenience is almost always punished by the loss of privacy, so it is advisable to always look twice, and to consider whether this or that function is really necessary or not.

The diagnosis of apps can also be found very often during the installation of new programs. However, it is not always clear to the user which data is transmitted exactly where, and for what purpose.

Microsoft wants to allow the apps under Windows 10 to also access usage data from other apps. This allows different applications to communicate with each other, and this information can then be sent to Microsoft Server along with your account information.

Again, it is completely obscure to the user how this data is handled. Since the added value for the user is not recognizable from our point of view, the recommendation to deactivate this service also applies here.

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Conclusion:

All in all, we can say that although Microsoft would like to know some of us, it also makes it quite easy for us to simply contradict it, or deactivate functions and services.

With a data octopus like Facebook, Windows 10 really can not be compared. But it also becomes clear that you are more and more responsible for what happens to your own data. Convenience is almost always punished by the loss of privacy, so it is advisable to always look twice, and to consider whether this or that function is really necessary or not.

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Michael Suhr
Michael SuhrWebdesigner / Economist
After 20 years in logistics management, I have been working as a freelance web designer and office trainer since the beginning of 2015. Incidentally, I give tips and tricks for more digital skills in my blog as time permits.

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About the author:

Michael Suhr
Michael SuhrWebdesigner / Economist
After 20 years in logistics management, I have been working as a freelance web designer and office trainer since the beginning of 2015. Incidentally, I give tips and tricks for more digital skills in my blog as time permits.

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