One thing that Microsoft spent time on during the development of its latest operating system, Windows 10, is the integration of more built-in security protections to help safeguard its users against viruses, phishing, and malware. Through automatic updates, new features are delivered easily, which helps you to stay current and your system to feel secured and fresh at the same time.

So for those who want to know more on how to arm their Windows 10 computers with better security and privacy, here are some tips to help you with that.

Disable Cortana

While Cortana offers a great set of features, especially in Microsoft Edge, Cortana can be annoying or unhelpful for some people. If this is your case and you would like to disable Cortana on your Windows 10 PC, here’s how.

From the Start menu, go to Settings. Then click on Privacy, and then click on Speech, inking, & typing in the left pane. Now, all you need to do on this screen is to click on the Stop getting to know me button and that will completely deactivate Cortana.

Disable Microsoft’s Data Collection

If you want to disable this, go back to Settings and then Privacy. Then under Privacy’s General section, disable the options you want to be turned off.

 

Next, change your setting for Send your basic data to Microsoft by selecting Basic from its drop-down menu since this option cannot be totally disabled but Basic data collection here is what you were sending to Microsoft anyway. You can also set your preferred setting as to how frequent you would like Windows to ask for your feedback.

 

Once you have done this, go to Start then type “Control Panel.” After you open Control Panel, type “Customer Experience.” Now under Security and Maintenance, click on the Change Customer Experience Improvement settings link. This is a hidden program in Windows 10 that you may have enabled if you didn’t disable it during setup.

Disable Microsoft’s Targeted Advertising

To do this, visit this webpage, and then turn off both Personalized ads in this browser and Personalized ads wherever I use my Microsoft account. Disabling these two settings will keep Microsoft’s targeted advertising from bothering you.

If you want to get rid of advertising in general, you may consider using an adblocker.

Use a Program That Does the Job

Last, but not the least, you can always use a program to disable tracking across your entire Windows 10 installation. The program DisableWinTracking, an open-source project on GitHub, does exactly as its name implies, which is disabling most, if not all, of the tracking in Windows 10.

In this new age where everything can be accessed, there’s a real reason to be concerned about your privacy. Be vigilant and know all the possible security protection you can do to your personal computer as much as you can.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 6:24:19 AM and is filed under Computer Security & Data Protection.

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