If you really want to know, how you can stop Windows 10 from spying on you? In this article, you will read about some of the best Windows 10 privacy tools that ensure that no one is spying on you.
Recently Microsoft released the final version of Windows 10 which is now available for download. Windows users can free upgrade from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 as well as download the ISO files of Windows 10 from the official site. Till date, more than 20 million PC users have already downloaded Windows 10 and daily two million users are upgrading their PCs to Windows 10.
Windows 10 comes with lots of new features and settings in Windows 10 which expose your privacy. In laymen language, some of the Windows 10 features and options might be exposing your personal information that you definitely don’t want to share with Microsoft.
While installing Windows 10, the setup provides you options to change default privacy settings, but not all users seriously read and change privacy settings. Users can also configure these privacy settings after installing or upgrading to Windows 10 just by navigating to Settings apps and then clicking on Privacy.
Here you will see lots of Privacy settings for camera, microphone, contacts and lot more.
But there are some privacy settings that are not easy to configure and understand by normal users. To get rid of these privacy settings users need to use third party tool.
Best Windows 10 Privacy Tools
In upcoming lines, you will read about some of the best Windows 10 privacy tools that ensure that no one is tracking yours. The good thing about these tools is, that all of them are free to use.
Note: While installing the tools, the setup may ask you to install some crapware like wazam. So complete the installation process by checking all the steps. If you find any crapware, select I don’t accept when you see in the tool installation screen.
It is a freeware tool that let you configure controversial tracking features in Windows 10, to avoid Windows 10 from spying on you. This tool provides you different privacy settings, just like in following screenshot of the tool.
With the help of this basic program, you can easily enable and disable different privacy settings in one simple interface, rather than checking the settings in Windows 10.
It’s an application similar to Destroy Windows 10 Spying, but it only provides you four options instead of multiple privacy settings.
It’s actually a batch file and users need to download it from Pastebin. Now create a new batch file and add paste all the content in the newly created batch file.
After that, when you run the batch file, it will ask you to choose privacy related task which includes uninstalling OneDrive, disabling data logging services, and block Telemetry.
Windows 10 Privacy Fixer comes with a dense interface that let you alter important privacy settings on Windows 10. This tool comes with default privacy settings, so you need to click on check option to get information about the tweak that already set in the tool.
There are some settings in the tool which are listed as unchecked, even they are checked.
6. W10 Privacy
W10 Privacy tool is available only in English and German interface. The application provides you general tweaks and privacy setting in its interface when you launch it.
7. Shut Up 10
It also provides you a list of general tweaks in its interface on launch. When you click on tweak name, it will show you little description underneath. It also explains when tweak does.
The good thing about this tool is that it let you create a restore point, once you start altering the privacy settings.
With the help of this application, you can easily enable and disable the Steps Recorders, block telemetry hosts and data, P2P Windows Updates, Wifi Sense, and the use of advertising ID by the application.
Whenever you launch this tool, it will first check the current system settings and display it in the interface.
It’s another good privacy tool for Windows 10 which users can run from any location. Its action menu provides you the list of options to apply suggested tweaks which may be useful to users. The tool also suggests you to create the System Restore point when you start it.
Windows Privacy Tweaker on start will scan for the current system settings and display you both unsafe or safe settings. So that you can easily check which settings you haven’t altered yet.
It shows you the list of tweaks right on the interface when you start it. You can find all the tweaks under tabs named as system tweaks and privacy tweaks.
With the help of this application, you can disable apps spying on you, uninstall default apps, and more.
Keep in mind, that there is not need to turn off all the privacy settings as some features of Windows 10 like One Drive, and Steps recorder are really useful. Regarding privacy, you can’t just blame Microsoft alone, as all the free app available for PC and smartphones also tracking you in one or another way.
Why don’t you try these best privacy tools for Windows 10 and share your experience in the comments?