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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.


» I am not an AirVPN team member. All opinions are my own and are not official. Refer to Staff postings for the official word.

» These are the community forums, not the support portal. You're writing with other users here.

» New here? LZ1's New User Guide to AirVPN. Use the search function, Luke!

» Tor exits behind a VPN connection are discouraged. Using Tor on the other hand is not.

 

» Privacy is like alcohol: Drink a little and it can help you stay unnoticed. Drink a lot and everyone will notice you.

» I cannot give you the solution to all your issues. But I can guide you to it. The rest is up to you.

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Thanks to all for those progs! It would be nice to know how effective each is in blocking MS spying. I hope to avoid using Win10 altogether.

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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.


» I am not an AirVPN team member. All opinions are my own and are not official. Refer to Staff postings for the official word.

» These are the community forums, not the support portal. You're writing with other users here.

» New here? LZ1's New User Guide to AirVPN. Use the search function, Luke!

» Tor exits behind a VPN connection are discouraged. Using Tor on the other hand is not.

 

» Privacy is like alcohol: Drink a little and it can help you stay unnoticed. Drink a lot and everyone will notice you.

» I cannot give you the solution to all your issues. But I can guide you to it. The rest is up to you.

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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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