How to Make Your Windows 10 More Secure

Ever since Windows 10 was launched, there have been many polemic discussions around the privacy factor of the new operating system.

Luckily, by default, Windows 10 is more secure than Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. It has a lot of new security features that help block viruses and malware infections.

Windows 10 is fully integrated with cloud-based functionality such as OneDrive and your Microsoft account, which aid functionality but can also open security holes.

Update Windows to Latest Version

Probably the most important step to do is checking for the latest security updates and patches available for your Windows operating system.

Microsoft is doing a good job keeping Windows OS protected against latest threats, but you also need to participate. Make sure that your Windows installation gets the latest update pack.

Turn off tracking

While Microsoft allows cloud syncing across different devices for a seamless experience, it also has data tracking capabilities. But wait, there’s no need to panic because there are ways in which you can disable the tracking features in Windows 10.

Disable Cortana

Microsoft’s built-in digital assistant is incredibly useful for quickly setting reminders, calendar events, and sending an email, among many other things.

To turn it off, follow these steps.

  1. Click on Cortana in the Windows taskbar. There will be a popup panel.
  2. Click on the notebook icon and select Settings.
  3. You’ll see an option that says Cortana can give you suggestions, ideas, reminders, alerts, and more. There will be a toggle switch next to it. Turn it off.

Remove Bloatware

It’s annoying to see that your brand new laptop isn’t exactly original and it has been filled with all manner of unnecessary software.

Bloatware doesn’t feature within the System > Apps & Features list you would normally use to uninstall a program.

Remove Bloatware

It’s annoying to see that your brand new laptop isn’t exactly original and it has been filled with all manner of unnecessary software.

Bloatware doesn’t feature within the System > Apps & Features list you would normally use to uninstall a program.

Debloat Windows 10 of these applications

  1. 3DBuilder
  2. Appconnector
  3. Bing Finance, News, Sports, Weather
  4. Fresh Paint
  5. Get started
  6. Microsoft Office Hub
  7. Microsoft Solitaire Collection
  8. Microsoft Sticky Notes
  9. OneNote
  10. OneConnect
  11. People
  12. Skype for Desktop,
  13. Alarms, Camera, Maps, Phone and SoundRecorder
  14. Xbox App, Zune Music, Zune Video
  15. Windows communications apps
  16. And many more.

Disable Microsoft’s Data Collections

Though Microsoft says that the data collected is only to enhance the overall user experience and Windows functionality better, users are concerned more about their privacy. The number of data breaches happening across the globe has forced users to be extra cautious about their data privacy.

How to Make Your Windows 10 More Secure

If you enable this policy setting, the Delete diagnostic data button will be disabled in the Settings page, preventing the deletion of diagnostic data collected by Microsoft from the device.

If you disable or don’t configure this policy setting, the Delete diagnostic data button will be enabled in the Settings page, which allows people to erase all diagnostic data collected by Microsoft from that device.

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