Manually Configure Privacy Settings In Windows 10
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If you haven’t configured the privacy settings during Windows 10 installation and have proceeded with the default options selected, you can manually change your computer’s privacy after the operating system is successfully installed.
With the default options selected, Windows 10 sends your computer’s information to Microsoft. With your data, the development team analyzes the performance of the OS, and improves any bugs or loopholes in the next update or security patch.
Although your data is sent anonymously to the Microsoft team, you may still don’t want to share your information with them whatsoever.
That said, here’s how you can manually configure your Windows 10 to keep it from sending your information to Microsoft:
- Get to the Privacy windowClick Start, click Settings, and click Privacy. This opens the Privacy window. The left pane of the window has two sections namely Windows permissions and App permissions. These sections allow you to configure the privacy settings for your Windows 10 and the installed apps, i.e. how or if the apps can access your data or devices.
Select the Contacts category from the left pane, and turn off the Allow apps to access your contacts switch from the right window. This keeps all the apps from accessing the contacts you’ve saved on your Windows 10 computer. If you use some apps that may need to access your contacts, leaving this switch enabled, and from the Choose which apps can access your contacts section, disabling the switch for each app that you don’t want to access the contacts’ information is something you can go for.
Note: Depending on how you use your Windows 10 computer, you can change other privacy settings from the same window.