Data to be the new currency of the digital age, and Windows 10 collect different information with telemetry depending on how you use your system. This way they check if the programs are working properly or display personalized ads based on your activity or installed applications.
If you are worried about how Windows 10 monitor your activity, below we will see two tools that allow you to have full control over the privacy settings of the operating system.
O&O Shutup10 is an easy-to-use tool that lets you change a lot of privacy settings in Windows 10, from turning off telemetry to collecting usage data from Microsoft Edge.
Next to each setting is a toggle switch that allows you to turn it off and on easily.
For more information on the risks of disabling a setting, there is a 'Recommended' column that states if a setting:
- recommended to be disabled,
- may cause some function of Windows 10,
- or if it affects the functionality of the operating system and its security.
To see a description of what each setting does, you can click on the text and a box will appear, giving you more information.
You can download O&O Shutup10 for free from official webpage.
It was originally called SpyDish, but Builtbybel re-created it from scratch to be released as an open source tool called Privatezilla.
Like Shutup10, Privatezilla offers complete control over its privacy settings Windows 10, including disabling telemetry, licenses, experiments, and other features that could allow Microsoft to collect your usage data.
To use Privatezilla, simply select the various settings you want to disable. When you are ready, you can click on 'Apply selected' to apply the changes.
To see how each option can affect their privacy Windows 10, you can hover the mouse pointer over the option to get a brief description, as shown below.
If you experience problems with the changes you made, you can always click the 'Revert selected' button to return to the default settings of Windows 10.
To try Privatezilla, you can download it from project page on GitHub.
Republished from Bleepingcomputer.com