Windows 10 is the most popular OS in the world with more than 40% market share and there might lie a question of privacy. Microsoft is known to take numerous steps to keep their users’ data secure, but as a user, there are certain things we can take care of our part too.
Here’s how you can keep your windows 10 private and secure.
Review and Change Privacy Settings
Click on the ‘Windows’ icon.
Go to ‘Settings’.
Hit the ‘Privacy’ option.
Change Privacy Options
Here you can find a list of options that you can change. For example, if you don’t want custom Ads which are done by tracking your app usage, then you must disable the first setting.
Alter Diagnostic Data Sharing
Windows 10 sends device settings, logs, performance reviews to Microsoft to enhance user experience. They also use it to learn and adapt to troubleshoot better. You can choose either Basic or the Full setting for the Diagnostics and Feedback.
Disable Activity History
Windows 10 has a feature where it stores the device usage; browser, app and other activities on the device that it shares with Microsoft to personalize experiences. You can disable this to stop Microsoft from getting your device usage info.
Change Location Settings
Windows along with several apps make use of the location of your device to improve location services and several other features. But this also hampers privacy and you might want to disable location access or set certain apps that need location only.
Review Windows Defender
After you have turned all the privacy settings right, you have to keep your device secure. Windows 10 Defender is the right choice for it and it doesn’t require additional anti-virus software. Check the Protection areas under Windows Security. If it says, ‘No actions needed’, you don’t have to do anything, and take actions where it says, ‘Actions recommended’ by following these steps -
Click the ‘Windows’ icon.
Go to ‘Settings’.
Choose ‘Update and Security’.
Go to ‘Windows Security’ and check the protection areas. Picture below shows ‘No action needed’ in all the areas. If in case any of the areas says, ‘Actions recommended’ you have to take immediate actions.
That is how you can effortlessly keep your windows 10 private and secure with merely a few clicks.