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Windows 10's privacy policy is a disaster

Windows 10's privacy policy is a disaster
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Microsoft's new operating system Windows 10 is getting rave reviews for being a vast improvement over Windows 8. But Windows 10 has a huge privacy problem that you need to know about.

Whatever you do, don't mindlessly click through Windows 10's automatic installation process. You'll be giving Microsoft access to just about all your personal information, and you won't even realize you're doing it. Even some former Microsoft employees are having a tough time figuring it out.

Microsoft spells out its privacy in detail. But it's loaded with superfine print that almost no one reads. Worse, Microsoft's privacy policy is scattered over multiple pages.

At Komando.com, we're always telling you how to protect your privacy. This time, it's really important because Microsoft is making it quite complicated to take your privacy out of their hands.

First and most important, don't use Windows 10's "Express install." Use "Custom install."

Turn off all the settings where Microsoft is asking you about Personalization and Location. Read through Browser and Protection and turn off those settings if you don't want to send Microsoft information about what you're doing.

Also, turn off the buttons about sending Error Reports back to Microsoft. Sending Microsoft error messages may sound harmless, and useful. But you're just giving Microsoft permission to access your data.Next page: Critical steps to protect your privacy

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