Windows 10 and “we own you”: questionable default privacy settings

First thing you see after the Windows 10 migration is done is the “Customize Settings” dialog below.

In a few words, Microsoft is trying to “own” the user that just got the “best OS of all times”, at least according to Microsoft.

1. Just turn everything OFF



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2. Let “Smart Screen” ON, turn everything else OFF

If you install a lot of software and you experience problems with them, you may want to enable the last option, “Send error reports and diagnostics to Microsoft”

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  1. Last, after installation, you will see that near your programs, there are ads for Games that you don’t have.

In the screenshot below you see Candy Crush Saga, which I don’t have installed. Once I click, I am redirected to the store to download it.


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When you install Win10, make sure that you go in the detailed configuration of the settings.

If you don’t do that you’ll have to do all these configurations manually.

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Sorin Mustaca
Sorin Mustaca, (ISC)2 CSSLP, CompTIA Security+ and Project+, is working since over 20 years in the IT Security industry and worked between 2003-2014 for Avira as Product Manager for the known products used by over 100 million users world-wide. Today he is CEO and owner of Endpoint Cybersecurity GmbH focusing on Cybersecurity, secure software development and security for IoT and Automotive. He is also running his personal blog Sorin Mustaca on Cybersecurity and is the author of the free eBook Improve your security .
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