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How To Protect Your Privacy In Windows 10



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Like many tech companies, Microsoft collects certain information about you – what you do in Windows and on the Internet, how and where you use your devices, and what type of content and data you use to access them ,

Tech companies always claim to gather such information to give you a more personalized and personalized experience. Yes, some form of data collection is required if you want to take full advantage of certain Windows features. Companies monetize their data but also for advertising purposes. The good news is that as a Microsoft user, you have reasonable control over your privacy.

You can review and control your privacy settings directly in Windows 1

0, and remove collected data through the Microsoft Online Privacy Dashboard. The process can be challenging because you have a range of privacy settings and options to view and manage. However, Microsoft offers some help along the way.

Overall, it's a process worth ensuring you're protecting your own data. Let's take a look at this.

Windows 10 Privacy Settings

The privacy settings are first displayed when Windows 10 is set up. At some point, you will see a screen with the following features that allow you to select "Privacy preferences for your device": Online Speech Recognition, My Device Search, Enter and Enter, Promotional ID, Location, Diagnostic Data, and Custom Experiences.

By default, every setting is on, but you can disable it with one click. Click the "Learn more" button to learn more about each setting and its configuration. After viewing the information for each setting, click Next. Click Accept to continue and complete the Windows 10 setup.

 Windows 10 Privacy

After setting up Windows 10 and using it for a while, check your privacy settings. Click the Start button and go to Settings> Privacy . The Windows Permissions category includes General, Language, Personalization for typing and typing, Diagnostics and Feedback, and Activity History.

Click each feature and then click the link for more information. You will be redirected to a Microsoft Support Web site that explains the specific settings for this feature so you can decide for yourself which ones you want to enable or disable.

 Windows 10 Privacy

When reviewing the various features and settings, keep in mind that enabling or disabling each feature balances between creating a personalized or custom UI Windows and sharing your actions and activities with Microsoft represents.

The trick is that you can only gather enough data to fully use your favorite Windows features without giving too much information to Microsoft. Also, read the Microsoft Privacy Policy to understand how and why the company collects certain information about you and how that information is used.

Microsoft Privacy Dashboard

Next, you can review and remove certain private data through the Microsoft Privacy Dashboard. Launch your web browser and navigate to the Privacy Dashboard page. Click the button to sign in to Microsoft and sign in with your Microsoft account.

Yes, there are many settings and lots of information here. Therefore, you want to perform this step (or screen) individually. From the overview screen, review each of the settings: Browsing History, Search History, Location Activity, Voice Activity, Media Activity, Product and Service Activity, Product and Service, Cortana's Notebook, LinkedIn, and Health Activity. With most settings, you can view and delete all associated data. Read the description for each setting. Some settings also provide links to pages of additional information.

 Microsoft Privacy Dashboard

Viewing and Deleting Data

In each section of the Privacy Dashboard page, you can view the data that it has collected. For example, click the "View and delete browsing history" button to list your activity in Microsoft browsers. Click the "Delete" link to remove a specific item or page, or the "Delete Activity" link to clear the entire browsing history.

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Managing Microsoft Apps and Services

At the bottom of the Summary tab on the Privacy Dashboard page is a section with additional privacy settings. Here are steps and links to review privacy settings for other Microsoft apps and services, such as Windows, Xbox, Skype, and Microsoft Office. In this section, you can also manage advertising and advertising preferences. Click on the links below these headings to customize your settings.

 Microsoft Privacy Dashboard

View Activity History

Return to the top of the Privacy Dashboard page and click the Activity History tab. Here you can directly view your activity history that you may have already seen on the Overview page. You can view and delete specific data types for apps and services, browse, search, and perform other activities.

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Deleting Cortana Data

If you are using the Microsoft Digital Assistant, click on the Cortanas Notebook tab, where you can see all the data the AI ​​has collected about you. Get rid of everything Cortana knows about you by clicking on "Delete Cortana data". However, doing so may make your results less relevant in the future as Cortana will learn from you over time to personalize your requirements, notifications and experiences.

 Microsoft Privacy Dashboard

Disable Ad Personalization

Next, click the Ad Settings section. You can disable the option to show ads that interest you. However, this does not mean that ads are no longer displayed when using Microsoft websites and services. Instead, certain data is not collected to give you targeted ads.

 Microsoft Privacy Dashboard

Alternatively, you can check the items in the Review section for "Select the things that interest you" and remove any interests for which you do not want to see targeted ads by clicking on the "x" next to it. These interests then appear at the bottom of the list under These Things Do not interest You. If you later become interested in them, click to move them back up.

 Microsoft Privacy Dashboard

Download your data

Finally, you can download a copy of all your private data if you prefer to check them offline. Go to the top of the privacy page and click on the heading to download your data. Then click on the button to create a new archive.

 Microsoft Privacy Dashboard

Select the data you want to include in the archive, and then click the button to create an archive. [19659003]   Microsoft Privacy Dashboard

The page displays a pending message stating that your archive is being created. When the archive is ready, click on the download link and save the ZIP file for your archive.

Extract the contents of the ZIP file. Under the contents you will find two different file types. The JSON files contain all the elements and content from your activity history and other data. These are normal text files that you can open with Notepad or another text editor.

The InkingTypingAndSpeechUtterance folder contains MP4 audio recordings of your voice commands to Cortana. Double-click an MP4 file to hear your voice command.

 Microsoft Privacy Dashboard

After you verify this information offline, you can return to the Privacy Dashboard to review and delete your private data.


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