Downloading Windows 10? Here are a few things you should know about. Windows 10: Privacy issues that come with it and PDF Manual for understanding the Microsoft’s new Operating System.
Window 10 has finally arrived on many users PC/Laptops and they must be busy exploring the Microsoft’s latest offering. There are a lot of things users of Windows 10 should be aware of, and one of them is privacy while other is understanding the features of Windows 10.
Data syncing by default
Microsoft will sync settings and data by default with its servers. This includes your browser history, favorites and the websites you currently have open as well as saved app, website and mobile hotspot passwords and Wi-Fi network names and passwords. This is pretty much like how Google Chrome sync works, however, if you are not comfortable with sharing your usage habits you can deactivate it from settings.
As with the Windows 10 Technical Preview, the Microsoft’s personal virtual assistant, Cortana is an online snooping antennae for Microsoft. Which means it shares everything you do when you use it. However you have allowed it to do just that because ironically it can't function in all its glory without collecting such data. Microsoft privacy statement is quite indicative of this fact:
Windows 10 generates a unique advertising ID for each user on each device. That can be used by developers and ad networks to profile you and serve commercial content. Like data sync, you can turn this off in the Setting menu > Privacy> general > Change privacy option. Disabling all the buttons in the Change privacy options will opt you out from the Microsoft advertising network.
Encryption key backed up to OneDrive
Another one of those necessary requisites but the one that you should be aware of. When device encryption is turned on, Windows 10 automatically encrypts the drive its installed on and generates a BitLocker recovery key. That’s backed up to your OneDrive account.
You empower Microsoft to disclose your data once you download Windows 10
Windows 10 Manual for understanding the working of the new operating system:
We would also like to present to you a PDF manual prepared by Lenovo on STARTING TO USE WINDOWS 10. The manual gives a elaborative tutorial of basic use of Windows 10 and its features.
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