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    Fix Windows 10 Privacy Issues


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    I would just add to all of the above settings to not overlook the Edge browser Personalized Ads setting which Microsoft has inconveniently located on the internet at the following link:

    https://choice.microsoft.com/en-US/opt-out/

    Be sure to set both “Personalised ads in this browser” and “Personalised ads wherever I use my Microsoft account” to Off to disable ad-tracking.

    I hope someone at Windows Secrets is beginning to make a list for us like this one. I look forward to a comprehensive article on Windows 10 settings in the near future.
    Last edited by LarryNY; 2015-08-09 at 01:38.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LarryNY View Post
    I would just add to all of the above settings to not overlook the Edge browser Personalized Ads setting which Microsoft has inconveniently located on the internet at the following link:

    https://choice.microsoft.com/en-gb/opt-out

    Be sure to set both “Personalised ads in this browser” and “Personalised ads wherever I use my Microsoft account” to Off to disable ad-tracking.

    I hope someone at Windows Secrets is beginning to make a list for us like this one. I look forward to a comprehensive article on Windows 10 settings in the near future.
    Your hope is excellently provided for in the OP and other web sites already, but I'm sure WS will happily oblige once the dust has settled and the curses have subsided.

    BTW, after sifting through many windows 10 forums, the OP is an excellent resource and, imho should be a sticky.

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    I'm surprised that the original article linked in post #1 recommends turning off SmartScreen Filter (Help protect me from malicious sites and downloads).

    On privacy grounds, just because it checks where you go and what you do? I consider SmartScreen Filter to be the best thing that ever happened to Windows.

    So, in the interests of balance: Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Windows 10 Privacy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceR View Post
    I'm surprised that the original article linked in post #1 recommends turning off SmartScreen Filter (Help protect me from malicious sites and downloads).

    On privacy grounds, just because it checks where you go and what you do? I consider SmartScreen Filter to be the best thing that ever happened to Windows.

    So, in the interests of balance: Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Windows 10 Privacy
    Interesting article and there is a link to another by the same author entitled "Windows 10 Settings You Should Change Right Away".http://blog.laptopmag.com/windows-10-settings-to-change

    One of the changes he suggests is to disable User Account Control.

    Is this a wise move?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trev View Post
    Interesting article and there is a link to another by the same author entitled "Windows 10 Settings You Should Change Right Away".http://blog.laptopmag.com/windows-10-settings-to-change

    One of the changes he suggests is to disable User Account Control.

    Is this a wise move?
    No. His other suggestions there look reasonable, but in my opinion UAC is the second best thing that ever happened to Windows.

    Many Windows 10 features and settings are not available if UAC is turned off: UAC Mandatory for Windows 10?

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    Exclamation I second that motion!

    Quote Originally Posted by irjc View Post
    ... imho should be a sticky.
    The title says it all...
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    Talking Agreed - BUT

    Quote Originally Posted by BruceR View Post
    ... UAC is the second best thing that ever happened to Windows.
    Bruce,

    My not insignificant experience with 1000s of home users show that they rather ignore UAC warnings just like they do with other messages they "don't understand".

    Crazy, a pop up(!) promising a joke will be recognized and responded to with a click on the link by the same people.

    Go figure.
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    Some of those Registry Tweaks, which work by the way, I've been doing since Windows XP.
    I put them all into a VBScript so I can do them all in about 2 sec's.
    There are more similarities between XP and W-10 than most people know, or care.
    All my favorite tweaks for XP, work just as well in W-10. Go figure!
    I really like the registry tweak that tells Windows to load its 'Kernel' into RAM on boot-up,
    where it can run many times faster, that if it were left on the hard drive.

    UAC.... oh, that's the first thing I do,,,,drop that dog down to minimum.
    I still go where I want to go and do what I want to do.
    Sorry guys, that's just how I roll. I don't need some stupid machine or OS telling me
    what I can and can't do, with my own PC.
    That's why I also install "Grant Admin Full Control" on every setup.

    I remember the first time I set up a Vista PC for an old guy.....UAC reared its Ugly Head,
    and he just about went balistic. He roared at me, "do I have to put up with that Bull-S**t every time
    I want to install a new program?" All I could say was, "I guess so".
    At that time I didn't know how to disable UAC. Now I do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrWho View Post
    All my favorite tweaks for XP, work just as well in W-10. Go figure!
    I really like the registry tweak that tells Windows to load its 'Kernel' into RAM on boot-up,
    where it can run many times faster, that if it were left on the hard drive.
    Yet another silly set of Windows tweaks

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceR View Post
    I'm surprised that the original article linked in post #1 recommends turning off SmartScreen Filter (Help protect me from malicious sites and downloads).

    On privacy grounds, just because it checks where you go and what you do? I consider SmartScreen Filter to be the best thing that ever happened to Windows.

    So, in the interests of balance: Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Windows 10 Privacy
    Interesting article from Ars Technica:

    http://arstechnica.com/information-t...hnology+Lab%29

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceR View Post
    Always the detractor!

    I'm just glad you don't work on MY computer.

    Experience is truly the best teacher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrWho View Post
    Some of those Registry Tweaks, which work by the way, I've been doing since Windows XP.
    I put them all into a VBScript so I can do them all in about 2 sec's.
    There are more similarities between XP and W-10 than most people know, or care.

    Cheers Mates!
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    Is that the one you are always threatening to post or was that another...?
    We would like to see that. I am wondering if Power Toys is still applicable to WX...
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    Quote Originally Posted by LarryNY View Post
    I would just add to all of the above settings to not overlook the Edge browser Personalized Ads setting which Microsoft has inconveniently located on the internet at the following link:

    https://choice.microsoft.com/en-US/opt-out/

    Be sure to set both “Personalised ads in this browser” and “Personalised ads wherever I use my Microsoft account” to Off to disable ad-tracking.

    I hope someone at Windows Secrets is beginning to make a list for us like this one. I look forward to a comprehensive article on Windows 10 settings in the near future.
    I'm not going to worry with the Edge browser until MS gets it polished enough to use regularly. In its present form, I'll let it be, and keep using IE 11.
    Create a fresh drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

    "The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. Savvy?"—Captain Jack Sparrow "When you're troubleshooting, start with the simple and proceed to the complex."—M.O. Johns "Experience is what you get when you're looking for something else."—Sir Thomas Robert Deware.
    Unleash Windows

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    I.E. in any version or form, has been a problem since it's birth, many years ago now.
    Glitches and security holes run rampant. Edge is the worse of the bunch. I can see
    why dyed in the wool I.E. devotees, would prefer I.E. 11.

    As a result, I and millions of others used Netscape for years till it's demise, and the Birth of Firefox,
    now several years old.

    I like many others looked at EDGE, in Windows 10 and found it seriously Wanting. (expletives deleted)

    I activated "Sync" on Firefox and now I can Sync all my Bookmarks, Home Page, History and Cookies, to any new
    install of Firefox on any PC, with any OS. I've done that many times now, while Beta Testing Windows 10.

    Y'all have a great day now, Y'hear?
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