November Tech Tip: Windows 10 – Things to disable

November 25th, 2017
November Tech Tip: Windows 10 – Things to disable

Disabling WiFi Sense

In Start > Settings > Network & Internet > WiFi > Manage WiFi settings

In here you can turn off auto-connect features to open hotspots, shared networks, etc. You can also add "_optout" to the end of your WiFi network’s SSID through your router’s settings menu to disable WiFi sense all together.

Disable Targeted Ads

Settings > Privacy > General

With Windows 10 each user has been issued a permanent unique advertising ID to better target them with ads. Under "Let apps use my advertising ID for experiences across apps." you can turn this off. If you use Microsoft Edge, you have to use this link https://account.microsoft.com/privacy/ad-settings to disable the features.

Prevent App-Access to Your Location, Microphone, & Webcam

Settings > Location > Choose apps that can use your precise location

Here you can turn off location completely or each app (individually) from accessing your location

  • Camera – Turn off the ability for apps to use your camera
  • Microphone – Turn off the ability for apps to use your microphone

Disable ‘Getting to know you’

Settings > Privacy > Speech, inking, and typing

Here you can disable ‘Getting to Know You’ feature that is set as a default on Windows 10.

Tech Tip Provided By:
Nathan Repke
Help Desk Technician
Center for Computer Resources


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