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Tweaking Windows 10 Privacy Settings With ShutUp10

Written on May 24, 2017 by Samyntha Hubbard Popular
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So you have selected to have Windows 10 privacy settings tweaked during the build process - what does that actually mean?

When you purchase a Windows 10 system here at Puget Systems, you are given the option for us to perform “Windows 10 privacy tweaks” to the system (free of charge) while the system is here being built. Let us tell you exactly what that means, why we offer it and how you can adjust the settings yourself once the system arrives to you.

Let’s start with the why

Windows 10 is by far the most invasive operating system that Microsoft has created to date. Between data-tracking tidbits and forced tethering to Microsoft's online services, Windows 10 is almost always looking over your digital shoulder. This can be a daunting thought and one that does not sit well with most end-users and rightfully so!

In this day and age, it is nearly impossible to escape the “eye-in-the-sky”; Facebook is watching. Google is watching, Apple is watching. Alexa is listening...and the list goes on. Unless you decide to become a hermit crab or live in a hole (or perhaps both), most of these privacy invasions are nearly impossible to avoid. Here at Puget Systems, we take your privacy very seriously. We may not be able to control the sites that you visit, the newsletters you subscribe to or the things you buy online but we can help you reduce the amount of information that your operating system is collecting behind your back and that, my friends, is exactly what we do when we conduct our Windows 10 privacy tweaks!

 

“It seems like going forward we have two choices. We can either accept that privacy is dead and that we now live in an open world or we can challenge this notion and continue to fight for privacy” - Jacob Morgan, Forbes Magazine

The How

When you select to have Windows 10 privacy settings tweaked during the build process, we accomplish this through the assistance of a nifty tool called ShutUp10. ShutUp10 is a program designed by a software company known as O&O Software. O&O is based out of Berlin, Germany and is one of the leading manufacturers of system tools for the Windows operating system.
 

As a Microsoft Gold Partner (the highest partner level) we are in constant touch with Microsoft and stand at the very forefront of new Windows technology.” - O&O Software

 

If you would like to learn more about O&O software, please visit their website here: https://www.oo-software.com/en/

 

The What

Some of the many reasons we like ShutUp10 is that it is a very straightforward, user-friendly tool that doesn’t actually have to be installed  on your system to run. That means no possibility of installing any sort of bloatware or malware onto the system while attempting to utilize the very helpful features of ShutUp10.

 

Using ShutUp10 allows us to easily configure your Windows 10 operating system to be more secure and protective of your privacy by disabling settings like the following:

 

-Steps Recorder: records everything you do on your system automatically, including writing in elements you have clicked on and capturing screen shots of each click motion you make.

 

-Telemetry: Microsoft collects information on your computer, installed programs and possible problems in Windows 10

 

-Transmission of typing information: Windows 10 tracks your writing habits. It is unclear on what actual data is collected in that regard and how anonymous the data is.

 

-Conducting experiments with this machine by Microsoft: Allows Microsoft to “experimentally” change settings on your system remotely to test or check certain configurations.

 

-Tracking and page prediction in Microsoft Edge: Microsoft can track the websites you visit and then open links to similar or related sites in the background without your prompting.

 

Shutup10 also helps disable Cortona personal assistant (turns out she is pretty invasive), the ability for Microsoft to collect data about your lock screen picture preferences, and miscellaneous other functions like annoying reminder pop-ups that solicit feedback and provide quirky tips/tricks for Windows 10.  

 

To unify the experience of our Windows 10 privacy tweaks, we have chosen to only apply the Shutup10 settings that O&O Software recommends be disabled. To see which settings those are, please click here.

 

When viewing the above screenshot, please keep the following ShutUp10 rulings in mind:

 

 

If you opted to have our privacy tweaks implemented during your build process but would like to change some of the settings we chose OR if perhaps you did not opt to have the tweaks conducted by us but would like to implement them yourself, you can access the ShutUp10 software here: https://www.oo-software.com/en/shutup10

 

If you have read this article and still have additional questions or concerns about ShutUp10 or the privacy tweaks we make (or have made) to your system, please reach out to us right away. We are always happy to assist! 

 

Support@pugetsystems.com | (425) 458-0273 x 2

 

Tags: Windows 10, ShutUp10, Security, Privacy