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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

1623. Control Windows 10 Spying

I’m using Windows 10 and I read somewhere that Windows spies on everything that I am doing. It’s not like I’m doing anything I don’t want everyone to know about but it bugs me to know that Microsoft is keeping track of every window that I open and when I start every application. Is there some setting that I can change to make this a little less obtrusive.

You are right, Windows 10 is spying on almost everything you do but here is how to opt out. If you ever read all of the disclaimers you would think they were spying on everything. Other companies do the same. As invasive as it is, Microsoft does allow Windows 10 users to opt out of all of the features that you might consider to be invasions of privacy. So, go to your settings and privacy, yes there are thirteen screens of things you can remove, read through them and turn off anything that seems worrisome. On the general page are the important ones, you can determine what certain applications can access. You may want to turn off Cortana, the voice activated assistant like Siri on the iPhone. I decided to keep that option but everything that you say after Cortana is kept for research purposes. Siri does this as well. Spend some time reviewing this when you upgrade to Windows 10.  

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