So you now have Windows 10…..



Here are a few things to keep in mind and some things you might want to tweak.

Today’s online world has you selling your privacy and personal info for access to cool apps and access to places and Windows 10 is no different.

When you install there is an advertising ID that gets assigned to the email address Microsoft has on file. This has actually been around since before 10. This ID allows ads to be tailored to you during your web browsing and across your application experience from the App store.  It has been there since Windows 8.1 and it was used to provide advertising across apps based on your account activity even then. This is really no different than the targeted ads you already see using Google or even Facebook. If this is creeping you out you can turn it off. From the “Start” button click “settings” and then click “Privacy” and then the “General” tab on the left. Here you can toggle the “Privacy” options on and off.

cortanaIf you use Siri as an assistant or “Google’s “Google Now”” they both collect data in order to better tailor the service and experience you receive. Cortana in Windows 10 will be no different. You have the ability to turn Cortana off but she is one of the best assistants out there. If you want to disable Cortana you can go to “Start” button click “Settings” and then click “Privacy” and then the “Speech, Inking and Typingl” tab and click on “Stop getting to know me”. Read more about Cortana here

One of the biggest security concerns being hyped is the ability for your Wi-Fi password wp_ss_20140414_0004(along with other data) being stored on Microsoft’s servers. They call this feature Wi-Fi Sense and if you have a Windows phone you will be familiar with that term. Your password can then be encrypted and shared with your “friends” or “contacts”. The bottom line is you can control who you share with.  To change the defaults go to from the “Start” button click “Settings” and then click “Network and Internet” and then the “Manage Wi-Fi Settings”.

WUDOAnother networking feature is known as Windows Update Delivery Optimization (WUDO) and it will allow your machine to become part of a peer-to-peer network to deliver software updates faster by everyone sharing the load. This is definitely not something you want on if you have metered or “pay per use” internet. As this is on by default off you can go to “Start” button click “Settings” and then click “Updates and Security” go to “Advanced Options” and “Choose how updates are delivered” then turn the slider to off to disable it. You can read more here

Have fun playing with your new Operating System and don’t be afraid to tweak it to how you want it.

As always if you have questions we are just a phone call away.