This is how to stop Microsoft from tracking your every move on Windows 10
Ever since Windows 10 was introduced by Microsoft, it has been notorious for spying on you, the users. Windows 10 installed with Express Settings can track a very large amount of data. Windows 10 Home can track and share the websites you visit, your purchases, the searches you make, contacts, calendar details, location and the voice commands you use with virtual assistant, Cortana.
According to Microsoft, your personal information is sent back to its servers as it is rarely recorded and there is always an opt-out, whenever it does. However, those who are uncomfortable with the operating system’s exceptional thirst for data can rest.
A new third-party app assures to stop all of the background data collection in Windows 10, including the features that Microsoft does not let users to disable from within the settings.
Nicknamed Spybot Anti-Beacon, this one-click solution slows down the process on your operating system’s telemetry data.
The Spybot Anti-Beacon tool, that operates independently has now be updated so that it can work across Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.
Spybot, who have been in the privacy business since 2000 offers Anti-Beacon that is small, easy to use and free of charge. Windows 10 users who do not wish to have details about their PC usage sent to Microsoft, this lightweight app was built to address the privacy concerns of such users.
All you need to do is to just tap “Immunise” on the main screen of the app to disable any known tracking features included by Microsoft in the operating system.
While using Anti-Beacon if any there problems that occur with your PC , undoing the changes made can be done by clicking the “Undo” button in the main window. Although, this will re-enable all tracking services.
Windows 10 – which is being installed on thousands of computers automatically in the latest adoption push by Microsoft – is continually being updated and tweaked by Microsoft.
Nicknamed Threshold 2, which is the latest update is scheduled to roll out later this month. It includes twists to the failed Microsoft Edge browser, several patches, and some visual changes.
In a move to appeal to businesses to choose the new unified Windows operating system, Microsoft recently relaxed its stance on data collection for enterprise customers. The ability to turn off telemetry tracking was recently gained by Windows 10 Enterprise, even though Microsoft strangle suggests you to leave it on.
Speaking to PC World, Vice President Joe Belfiore said “We’re going to continue to listen to what the broad public says about these decisions. Ultimately our goal is to balance the right thing happening for the most people – really, for everyone – with complexity that comes with putting in a whole lot of control.”
He added: “And in the case of knowing that our system that we’ve created is crashing, or is having serious performance problems, we view that as so helpful to the ecosystem, and so not an issue of personal privacy, that today, we collect that data so that we make that experience better for everyone.”
In the name of convenience, Windows 10 takes a lot of decisions out of the hands of its users.
The next-generation functionality included in new operating system is whether or not worth the trade-off, could finally decide whether or not you opt for the free upgrade.
Microsoft does let you to control some of its data collection policies by navigating to Start > Settings > Privacy, even if you can’t disable all of the telemetry data in the consumer editions.
Following the upgrade to Windows 10, users have reported annoyingly slow boot-up speeds, privacy concerns, trouble with wifi connections and problems with child safety features.
Currently, Windows 10 is a free operating system upgrade to customers running original versions of Windows 7/8/8.1.
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