Windows 10: How To Bypass Privacy Settings

Ever since it was released last month, MicrosoftEUs new operating system, Windows 10, has been drawing scrutiny for some of its security features. Many users have been startled to learn, for example, that the OS records and stores what they type on their computers and periodically uploads the keystrokes to Microsoft.

Redmond has conceded that it collects data from Windows 10 user interaction, including typing, using spoken commands or using a stylus or touchscreen. The company said it records and stores keystrokes to improve character recognition, user dictionary and autocomplete technology.

Windows 10 also collects data about how users deploy its Contacts and Calendar programs to help smooth interactions with its Cortana virtual assistant, according to Microsoft.

Adjustable Settings

But what if you donEUt want Windows eavesdropping on your computer use? There are some ways around it. Users who chose the Express settings when they originally set up the OS, probably turned on most of the data-sharing permissions by default. They can go back and change those settings, but it might limit the usability of some Windows 10 apps and services.

To adjust Windows 10 privacy controls, users should go to the Start menu and select Settings. Once at the Settings screen, users should choose Privacy and go through the several categories of listed permissions until they have selected the settings they want.

By doing this, users can opt out of letting apps use their advertising IDs across apps; having local ad content pushed to their computers; submitting keystrokes to MicrosoftEUs servers; and other features.

Go Away, Cortana

We reached out Rob Enderle, founder of the Enderle Group, who told us that Microsoft very likely isnEUt interested in what users write, but rather how they write.

"With that information, they can improve things like predictive typing, spell checking, automated editing, and most recently, digital assistants like...

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