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Is your Microsoft account at risk? Check now to see what’s connected

Connecting third-party apps and services to your Microsoft account makes it easy to access them. Depending on which program you connect, this integrates data in various ways. This may include your personal information, activity, history, contact list and more.

You probably have some apps and services connected that you haven’t used in years. Here’s how to unlink them from your Microsoft account.

It’s the same case for your devices. Whenever you sign in, Microsoft remembers that device. While convenient, there are times that you want Microsoft to forget. Here’s how.

Link and sync

Adding a device to your Microsoft account is as easy as signing into your account. Now you can easily access Microsoft services from that device. Customized settings like the Start Menu, desktop backgrounds and networking options are also synced.

Using Microsoft’s OneDrive, you can access those files remotely from other machines. And if you lose your laptop, for example, you can find it by logging into your PC by going to Settings > Update & security > Find my device.

The devices you add can also access personal data such as browsing history, location, account info and contacts.

If you’re no longer using a device or plan to sell or give it away, you should disconnect your Microsoft account:

  • Go to, sign in, and find the device you want to remove.
  • Select See details to view more info about that device.
  • Under your device’s name, select Remove this device.
  • Review your device details, select the check box, I’m ready to remove this device, then select Remove.

If the worst happens and you lose a computer or phone connected to your Google, Apple or Microsoft account, you should remotely erase it to protect your privacy and data. Here are step-by-step instructions.

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