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Privacy in Windows 10


Privacy in Windows 10

11/13/2016, 07:33:17

The general problem with privacy in Windows 10 is that applications get lots of privileges that permit the “theft” of personal information. My goal would be to turn off these as much as possible. Here is what I’ve tried:

Go to Settings, then Privacy, AND turn off all privacy options in the General tab. [Couldn’t change some app notifications. Had to uninstall one uncooperative app.]

Go to Settings → Privacy → Background Apps, toggle off each app. [Had to search for Privacy, then all ok. Turned off most.]

Go to Settings → Accounts → Sync your settings. Turn off all settings syncing. [I used the “Sync Settings” switch to turn them all off. The individual settings were grayed out.]

Turn off sharing ID/profile with third party apps. Go to Settings → Privacy → General → Let my apps use my advertising ID. (this will reset your ID). [Had to search for “Advertising”, then could turn it off.]

Go to Location, turn off “Location for this device” (via Change button). [Found under “Personalization”]

Go to Camera, turn off “Lets apps use my camera”. You can enable the camera when you need it. You can also enable the camera for specific apps. [done]

To to Speech, Inking and Typing”. Click on “Turn off” and “Stop getting to know me”. [Click “Get to know me” and you ‘ll get the option to turn it on or off. I use “off”]

Go to Feedback and Diagnostics” and choose Never for feedback, and “Basic” for diagnostic and data usage. [Done after I reconsidered my earlier settings.]

In Settings, go to Windows Update → Advanced Options and “Choose how updates are delivered”, select “turn off”.

Go to “Network and Internet” → WiFi, turn off WiFi Sense. [done]

Disable Cortana: Use Notebook menu item and select Permissions. Turn off all switches. Then select Settings, click on “Change what Cortana knows about me in the cloud” and tap “Clear”

Disable your Microsoft account: Go to Settings → Accounts, “your info” tab, Choose sign in with a local account instead (and set up a local account).

Disable Telemetry (automated data collection and communications): On the web, there is a lot of advice on disabling telemetry in Windows 10. Here is one from TechLog360 (link below): Open Command Prompt (Administrator) and type:

sc delete DiagTrack [response: [SC]DeleteService SUCCESS]
sc delete dmwappushservice [SC] DeleteService SUCCESS]
echo “” > C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Diagnosis\ETLLogs\AutoLogger\AutoLogger-Diagtrack-Listener.etl
reg add “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DataCollection” /v AllowTelemetry /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f  [response: The operation completed successfully]

I actually like Windows 10’s visual effects, but to turn one or more off, Go To System → Advanced system settings → Advanced to uncheck whatever you don’t want.


Windows 10 Problems and (some) Solutions


On May 11, 2016 I started one of my note files on Windows 10 problems.  Over the next year, I added some solutions. This file is now an unreadable mess, and I decided in 2017 not to make it a WordPress post.  Now what do I do with it? Hopefully since then Microsoft has fixed many of these problems.  My plan is to go back and blog about each problem.  This, and new problems, should keep my busy for years to come!

Upgrading to Windows 10


The first good news is that the upgrade from Windows 8 (which I hated with a passion) to Windows 10 went very smoothly. Now the PC on Windows 8 is my daughter’s PC and it had few applications. In fact the only problem I had was with a DVD player, which was quickly solved by downloading a new version of the player.

The second good news is that a “simple” upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 went well also. I had to delete Chrome and OpenOffice, and then reinstall their Windows 10 versions.

The upgrades were slow, even with a good cable modem, but it all worked. I was delighted that the upgrades restarted themselves intelligently each time when the network burped.