Microsoft’s recent release of Windows 10 is going down a storm with both the tech press and those who read it, and with good reason. Following less than impressive releases of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, Microsoft has managed to come up with a version of Windows that does away with some of the more strange decisions that alienated people while still making Windows feel new and fresh. We just wonder why it took so long.
Of course, even when you have a success story like Windows 10, there will always be problems. Microsoft has had to deal with bugs and the usual array of teething problems that often befall a new operating system, but one of the issues is entirely of its own making, and that’s Windows 10’s somewhat concerning privacy stance.
Here’s what Microsoft has to say in Windows 10’s privacy statement:
Some of that will be cause for concern for many, and if you find yourself wishing all of that would go away, then you’re going to want to check out DoNotSpy10, a free download that will allow you to disable a whole slew of Windows 10’s more controversial tracking features – including the tracking of your web searches – from one place.
The list of things DoNotSpy10 secures is quite comprehensive:
Disable handwriting data disclosure
Disable handwriting Error Reporting
Disable Application Telemetry
Disable Inventory Collector
Disable Steps Recorder
Disable lock screen camera settings
Deactivate and reset Cortana
Disable Web search
Disable Windows Media DRM Internet access
Activate postponing upgrades
Disable app notifications
Disable Password button ads
Stopping and resetting the advertising ID
Disable SmartScreen filter for URLs
Disable sending write information
Disable access to language list
Disable app access to localization
Disable app access to camera
Disable app access to microphone
Disable app access to user accounts info
Disable app access to calendar
Disable app access to messages
Disable app access to wireless connections
Disable app access to Uncoupled devices
Disable prompts Feedback
Disabling Windows Update distribution
Disable Windows Update for other products
Disable WiFi Sense
Disable Windows Defender
Disable automatic Windows Updates
Disable Automatic Driver Updates
If all this sounds like data you don’t want to be shared, then installing DoNotSpy10 is a no-brainer, especially thanks to the fact that it’s absolutely free.
If you’re not concerned about the information that Microsoft is keeping tabs on then you’re good to go – carry on, there’s nothing to see here – but if the Windows 10 privacy statement raises any flags for you, now might be a good time to take action before it’s too late.