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Windows 10: Helper software for editing privacy-related settings

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Whenever I read something about Windows 10, be it a news article or a forum post, I also read the word "privacy nightmare". It refers to excessive data collection practices by Microsoft's new operating system. Some of these can't even be disabled by going the usual way using built-in settings.

Luckily, these are the forums of a VPN provider where you can find guides on what to look out for when you want to forcibly shut down the unnecessary "spying". And I wanted to contribute to this by introducing software which helps with this task.

 

O&O ShutUp10

  • Focused on privacy settings
  • Must be installed: No
  • Icons after every setting warn you about possible risks
  • Shows you what exactly is changed
  • Convenient search if you look for a specific setting

DoNotSpy10

  • Focused on disabling services like Cortana, sensors, telemetry, and others
  • Must be installed: Yes
  • traffic light coloring of settings indicates possible impact on the system
  • shows brief explanations for every setting
  • free download is ad-supported

W10Privacy

  • Focused on privacy settings and all pre-installed apps
  • Must be installed: No
  • More detailed toggles, like just preventing OneDrive's sync feature instead of disabling/uninstalling it as a whole
  • traffic light coloring of every setting indicates possible impact on the system
  • hovering over a setting shows some info on what is done when toggled

Maybe we should not ditch the OS but ditch the name: Microsoft Privacy Nightmare, or PN. Microsoft PN. Would really be a witty step after the last creative developer left Microsoft sometime after the Vista release. If you ask me, they instead hired devs who get an instant erection seeing so much data.... from just one Win10 installation.


Always remember:
There's a guide to AirVPN,

Amazon IPs are not dangerous here,
running TOR exits is discouraged,

using spoilers for your logs helps us read your thread.

~ Furthermore, I propose that your paranoia is to be destroyed. ~

Instead of writing me a personal mail, consider contacting me via XMPP at gigan3rd@xmpp.airvpn.org or join the lounge@conference.xmpp.airvpn.org. I might read the mail too late whereas I'm always available on XMPP

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It would be nice to know how effective each is in blocking MS spying.

 

This will largely remain unknown as you don't know if a certain software covers it all... I don't even know if I can recommend using all of them. If you're on a non-production system like a VM or dedicated testing computer, try it out if you want.


Always remember:
There's a guide to AirVPN,

Amazon IPs are not dangerous here,
running TOR exits is discouraged,

using spoilers for your logs helps us read your thread.

~ Furthermore, I propose that your paranoia is to be destroyed. ~

Instead of writing me a personal mail, consider contacting me via XMPP at gigan3rd@xmpp.airvpn.org or join the lounge@conference.xmpp.airvpn.org. I might read the mail too late whereas I'm always available on XMPP

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Hello,

 

Does PeerBlock really make a difference for protection? 

Is it good stand alone?  Combined with AV?

 

Also - if you block MS - you don't get updates. 
When you turn it off to get updates, can MS get log files about my system?

 

Thanks,

 

Mr. V

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