Did you take shortcuts when you set your computer up? Well if you set up your Windows 10 computer or upgraded to Windows 10 and selected “Express Settings” taking a shortcut then you allowed Microsoft to:
- Help improve Microsoft Software, services and location services by sending them (Microsoft) information.
- Let Windows and apps use your name, account picture and advertising ID, and request your location from the Windows platform.
- In Internet Explorer, use page prediction to preload pages, which sends your browsing history to Microsoft.
The good news is that your permissions are not etched in stone. You have the ability to change them and hopefully you will take advantage of this.
By left clicking on the Windows icon in the lower left of your computer, select the “Settings” icon above the “Power” icon and also left click on it. The “Settings” icon looks like a spoke on a bicycle that the chain goes around. Find “Privacy” and left click on it. On the left are aspect of these privacy settings such as “General”, “Location” and “Contacts” Go through this list and review the settings that you currently have. Make changes where you feel it is appropriate to do so. For starters do you really want to send Microsoft information about how you write to help them improve future typing and writing? I don’t so I turned it off.
While we have less privacy today than we did 10 years ago, we still have some control over how much privacy we give up. By not using the “Express Settings” when setting up Windows 10 or changing your privacy settings if you have already used “Express Settings” you are taking back some of that privacy. So use this opportunity to take back some of that privacy on your Windows 10 computer. And for any of my clients reading this who are wondering, when I set your computer up I did not use the “Express Settings” when doing so.
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