It’s been about a week since the final version of Windows 10 is available for download. Over twenty million PC users are already on Windows 10 and about two million users upgrading their PCs to the Windows 10 every day.
Is Windows 10 spying on you?
Unlike Windows 7 or 8.1, there are number of features and settings in Windows 10 that can expose your privacy. In plain words, some of the features and options in the operating system might expose information that you might not want to share with Microsoft. For instance, the location tracking is turned on by default and is required for using some features like Cortana.
It’s true that Windows 10 offers you change default privacy settings while installing Windows 10 or upgrading from a previous version of Windows to Windows 10 but not all users care to read and change privacy settings during the product installation.
One can also configure these privacy settings even after installing or upgrading to Windows 10 by navigating to Settings app and then clicking Privacy category. Under Privacy section of Settings app, you can change tens of Privacy setting from location to camera to microphone to contacts.
That said, there are some privacy settings that are not easy to understand or configure for novice users. To better protect your privacy while using Windows 10, you can now use a free third-party software called DoNotSpy.
DoNotSpy program for Windows 10
DoNotSpy, as the name suggests, is a free software designed to help you configure various privacy settings in Windows 10 to avoid Windows 10 from spying on you! The DoNotSpy tool offers following options:
# Defer Windows Updates
# Disable Access to Language List
# Disable and Reset Advertising ID
# Disable App Access to Account Info
# Disable App Access to Calendar
# Disable App Access to Camera
# Disable App Access to Location info
# Disable App Access to Messages
# Disable App Access to Microphone
# Disable App Access to Radios
# Disable App Notifications
# Disable Application Telemetry
# Disable Automatic Driver Update
# Disable Automatic Windows Updates
# Disable Biometrics
# Disable enabling Lock screen camera
# Disable Getting to know me
# Disable handwriting data sharing
# Disable inventory collector
# Disable location
# Disable OneDrive
# Disable password reveal button
# Disable sending writing info
# Disable sensors
# Disable SmartScreen filter for URLs
# Disable Steps Recorder
# Disable Sync with devices
# Disable web search
# Disable WiFi Sense feature
# Disable Windows Defender
# Disable Windows feedback requests
# Disable Windows media DRM internet access
# Disable Windows Update for other products
# Disable Windows Update sharing
As you probably have observed, some of these privacy settings can be configured from the Settings app as well.
Finally, you don’t need to turn off all above mentioned settings in Windows 10. Some features like OneDrive and Steps Recorder are really handy to have.
Lastly, most of the free apps out there for computers as well as smartphones spy on you in one or another way. So there is no point in blaming just Microsoft!
Important: The setup file of DoNotSpy itself offers you install some crapware. When you see the following screen, please select I don’t accept if you want to install DoNotSpy without those junkware.