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How to configure Windows 10 to protect your privacy?

The moment when you receive your first Windows computer, you might be completely focused on downloading your favorite applications and transferring your files. In fact, this time is also good to configure your system and protect privacy.

So, let’s start how to configure Windows 10 to protect your privacy -

We all want to protect your private data as it may include sensitive pictures, work files, password and some other kind of information that you don’t want to share with anyone. So, it is always a good idea to care about privacy rather than ignoring as it is better to start on the right foot.

1. Start with a clean install, even if your computer is new-
Before doing anything, ensure that you are starting your computer from a clean state. Needless to mention, a clean install is a good step if you are really concerned about privacy. If you have bought your computer from a store then definitely there are a lot of junk software and getting rid of such junk is extremely important. So, when you first set up your computer, you should have complete information about what are you installing.

2. Remove your linked Microsoft account-
Once you are sure that your operating system is clean, you should decide how closely you want to link your system to Microsoft account. If we talked about Windows 8 then we can log in using Windows account. If due to any reason you are not comfortable with having a direct line to your personal Microsoft account then use the local account. Although you can use the local account in two ways. The first way is to choose “local account” while setting up your computer for the first time. Another way is to sign in to your Microsoft account then disconnect it through below -mentioned way -

a. Open the Start menu and then search for “Account”. At this moment, look for “Manage your account” option and select it.

b. Now, press a click on “Sign in with a local account instead”.

c. After that, you have to create new login credentials i.e., new username and password.

d. Log out from your account and the re-login using new login credentials.

3.Audit Privacy from Settings-

If we talked about Windows 8, Microsoft introduced various modern apps as well as added new permission system. On the other hand, permission is required to access those apps like as a camera, microphone, location. Well, don’t worry about anything, just open Start menu, type “Privacy” in the search bar and then select Privacy Settings.

Here, you will find a number of things that you should tweak as per your liking -

a. Location – You can set a location that all of your app use as well as disable location tracking entirely. You will also see a list of apps that have the ability to use your location, you can enable or disable them. If you give an app permission then it will not prevent other apps from using your location.

b. Camera & Microphone – You can block access to the camera or microphone on a per-app basis. Like Location Settings, such things only applies to modern apps. In fact, it won’t disable devices at the system level.

c. Contacts, Calendar and Messages – If you are using Microsoft services for managing Contacts, Events or Messages then you can also control which app has access to your data.

d. Speech and Typing – To disable “Get to know me” feature, move to “Speech, Inking and Typing” and disable that feature. If you are not comfortable with digital assistants then it would be best to turn off this feature.

4. Protect your data as well as applications -
As we know that Microsoft’s built-in system can’t protect your data or the apps that you have downloaded, so you to make some efforts on your own. Although protecting your privacy is already a discipline in itself so you should have to consider few things to keep yourself safe -

a. Install antivirus and anti-malware tools as they can keep you safe from unwanted installations as well as protect you from malicious software. So, it is always a good idea to start by ensuring that you are protected from the basics.

b. You should also download privacy -protecting browser extensions. As we like to spend a lot of time while browsing so you should protect yourself by installing browser extensions like Adblock Plus, Disconnect to keep your data safe.

c. We all know that virtual private network has a variety of uses but it is also helpful in protecting privacy. Once you set VPN, it will encrypt browser traffic as well as protect you from prying eyes.

That’s all! Hope, you liked the information. If you have any doubt regarding Windows 10 configuration then please feel free to ask from our tech-enthusiasts. 

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