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How to Lock Down Windows 10's Privacy Settings
By Pedro Hernandez
September 17 2014

Windows 10 has been out for more than a week, and so far the industry's reaction has been fairly positive. There's a lot to like. Keyboard jockeys get a desktop experience similar to Windows 7, while users of 2-in-1s can seamlessly switch between desktop and tablet modes with the operating system's new Continuum feature.

Microsoft's fast and minimalist Edge browser is leagues ahead of its predecessor, Internet Explorer. Virtual desktop functionality is built-in, enabling power users to configure their workspaces to their heart's content. But as with any major Windows release, there are also some controversial aspects to Microsoft's flagship operating system. In keeping with Microsoft's "mobile-first, cloud-first" product strategy, Windows 10 is the company's most cloud-connected OS to date.

Features like Cortana, Microsoft's voice-activated virtual assistant, reach out to the company's servers when users ask about the weather or plan a road trip, causing concerns about how much the tech titan is learning about its customers.

The new Wi-Fi Sense feature makes it easy to share access to a WiFi router with Facebook friends and contacts—a little too easy, some argue.

This eWEEK slide show explores some Windows 10 settings that privacy-minded folks will want to get to know.


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