Windows 10 finally released on July 29, and we’ve all been very excited with the new OS. It brings a bunch of cool features and improvements that most users were asking for on Windows 8. If you already installed Windows 10, chances are you didn’t read the terms before agreeing to them, -don’t worry, we didn’t either-.
The terms you agree to when installing Windows 10 include a bunch of things that we just don’t read and probably don’t even care about. But there is one thing that you will definitely want to know and it’s this:
We will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to.
Yes, you read that right. But before you panic and start thinking of going back to your previews installation, Microsoft was nice enough to include a way to turn that off. There are several things you can do to stop Microsoft from spying on you.
First, you can head over to Settings and then Privacy and check all the options there. Whatever you feel like you don’t want to “share” or anything you don’t want apps to have permission to use, turn it off. If you use Microsoft Edge, the new IE replacement, you will want to turn off the “Personalised ads in this browser” and “Personalised ads wherever I use my Microsoft account”. By disabling this you turn off ad tracking.
Additionally, you could also disable Cortana and not link you Microsoft account to your computer, but those are features some people might not want to get rid of. In any case, by doing the above you highly improve your privacy on Windows 10.
Know any other tricks to keep your data safe? Let us know in the comments below.