Windows 10 Privacy – Microsoft Criticized Over Privacy Concerns

As I am sure you are well aware of Microsoft’s roll out of their new Windows ten operating system on July twenty nine two thousand fifteen. Microsoft claims that over fourteen million users are using Windows ten already. However, Microsoft is receiving heavy criticism over privacy concerns with some built in default settings.

For starters a recently updated Microsoft Services Agreement is quite lengthy. Microsoft admits that they are being invasive.

Finally, 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: 1.comply with applicable law or respond to valid legal process, including from law enforcement or other government agencies; 2.protect our customers, for example to prevent spam or attempts to defraud users of the services, or to help prevent the loss of life or serious injury of anyone; 3.operate and maintain the security of our services, including to prevent or stop an attack on our computer systems or networks; or 4.protect the rights or property of Microsoft, including enforcing the terms governing the use of the services – however, if we receive information indicating that someone is using our services to traffic in stolen intellectual or physical property of Microsoft, we will not inspect a customer’s private content ourselves, but we may refer the matter to law enforcement.

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By default has all privacy settings enabled by default. A whopping total of thirteen screens worth of privacy settings. However, fortunately for you, these features are accessible and can become disabled.

Open up “Settings” then click on “Privacy”. There is a “General” with quite a few important settings that you can turn off individually. Also, there are other tabs and sections that you can browse and turn off what you want.

You may want to look into Cortana as it can access your data in ways perhaps you would not approve. Next, is Microsoft’s newest web browser Edge. By default this web browser is set to show personalized ads in that web browser and with your Microsoft account.

You can disable serving ads in both instances. Finally, some people are recommending that you not use a Microsoft account with Windows ten, since it can grab some of your data and sync it across multiple computers. Instead of using a Microsoft account, you can create a local account instead.