Some Privacy Settings You May Want to Change on Windows 10

10 months ago by: Daniel Bosai
-- (m) at 23-08-2019 04:02PM (10 months ago)

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With online privacy being a top-of-mind priority nowadays, Microsoft has made its level best to be more transparent with its privacy settings. Now users have a better understanding of what they consent to when starting using Microsoft’s products. If you value your privacy and want to safeguard yourself from prying eyes while surfing the web, you may want to disable some privacy settings on Windows 10.

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Nowadays, allowing trustworthy programs accessing our location has become a commonplace. If you’re no stranger to Windows 10, you undoubtedly have been repeatedly asked for a permission to access your current location. Undoubtedly, sometimes, this option can come in handy, say, when you’re travelling. Still, it doesn’t mean that you should indiscriminately let third-party apps, as well as your Windows, access your location. Note that unless you disable your location, Windows 10 will preserve your location history for up to 24 hours. Moreover, the system will enable other authorized programs get information on your location.

Once you decide to switch your location off, no app will be able to find you. Still, you may opt for setting a default location which will be used once you turn off location tracking.
So, if you’ve elected to turn off your location, head to your “Settings” and select “Privacy” from there. Navigate to the “Location” section and click the “Change” button to toggle the “Location for this device” option Off.

Furthermore, you may want to manually select the programs you want to let track you location.  


It’s a rare user that can get by with syncing their multiple devices. Needless to say, there’s a great deal of synching going on in Windows 10 devices. Lots of users find syncing extremely convenient. As soon as you log in to your Microsoft account on one of your devices, another one automatically gets access to your sensitive information. We highly recommend that you refrain from syncing your data across multiple devices. It’s a wise idea to disable syncing on your Windows 10 device. By doing so, you’ll be able to prevent other gadgets from accessing your passwords and other credentials.

To turn off the syncing feature, head to your “Settings,” then select “Accounts” and click on “Sync your settings.” From there, you’ll be able to disable all syncing options at once, or manually disable some individual sync settings.

Advertising ID

Have you ever heard of such thing as an advertising ID Microsoft assigns to every user to be able to come up with personalized ads and offers? Once you sign in to your OS with your Microsoft account, you’ll start seeing these personalized ads in your browser, applications, and, possibly, your Start menu.  
To protect yourself from the invasion of unwanted ads, make sure to switch them of by doing the following:
As usual, navigate to your “Settings” and access the “Privacy” section. Select “General” from there and locate the “Let apps use advertising ID to make ads more interesting to you based on your app usage” option. Be sure to switch this option off.
Don’t expect to get rid of all sorts of ads right away. Microsoft won’t merely let you go without viewing at least some ads. Still, they won’t appear in your operating system anymore and won’t be as religiously personalized as they were before turning off your advertising ID.  
Still, if you resolve to get rid of annoying ads completely, you’ll need to visit Microsoft’s advertising opt-out page, where you’ll be able to unsubscribe from all sorts of ads.  

As the last resort, you can head to Microsoft privacy dashboard and familiarize yourself with the information Microsoft is storing in the cloud about you. You’ll be able to view your browsing history in Edge and your location data, as soon as you log in to your account. You’ll be able to manage your data from there.