How secure is Windows for hosting your private data and what can you do to ensure it stays safe?

The concept of 100% security no longer exists. It may be possible that important information stored online is stolen, even without you noticing that it ever happened.

Let us consider Microsoft’s Windows 10 OS for instance. This has been subject of much controversy over the past few years, owing to the methods it uses to collect data from users.

The methods have been controversial to the extent that the French government has ordered Microsoft to stop tracking users. Alternately, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) too has raked up issues with Microsoft over disregard of user privacy and choices, for the users using Windows 10.

In 2018, Microsoft released an update intended towards addressing these concerns. It allows users to see Microsoft Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer. This lets users know that what data is sent by Microsoft 10 to Microsoft servers.

The reason why Microsoft collects data from its users is to improve the OS and make better product decisions.

The feature however fails to assure users regarding Microsoft’s tactics. There are many who are still concerned about having their data gathered.

Let us take a look at some of the prime ways of safeguarding your privacy with Windows 10:

Disable Ad Tracking

Tracking data creates a profile of our interests. Companies then use the profile to target ads. Luckily, a Windows 10 user has a choice at turning off the advertising ID at any time he finds convenient.

Ads delivered to you following this will be generic and not interest based.

Disable Location Tracking

Location tracking feature in Windows 10 lets Microsoft know wherever you go. One has a choice at halting this as well.

If multiple users use an account over the same computer, each of them can disable location tracking.

Disable Timeline

The timeline feature in Windows 10 helps users review and resume their activities. Files opened over Windows 10 can be read over any of the Windows devices, letting users resume their activities from the point they stopped.

If a user does not like the idea, he can turn the timeline off. But do it over all your Windows devices.

VPN

Using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) encrypts and anonymises all your activity online.

If you believe that any personal or confidential data is at a cyber risk, please contact Public Liability Claims Sydney today.

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