The Windows 10 settings window provides basic options for “privacy” settings. However, it is difficult to see exactly what data is stored on Microsoft servers from your local computer. If you need to have personalized control over items that are personal, you can do so through the Privacy Dashboard.
1. Where is the Privacy Dashboard
Perhaps the first thing you would do is type “privacy dashboard” into Cortana to invoke the privacy dashboard. But unfortunately, this route is not possible. We can only set it the old way – go to the “Privacy” window of Windows “Settings”, and under “General Under the “General” page, click on the “Privacy Dashboard” link to access it (Figure 1).
2. How to use the Privacy Dashboard
The privacy dashboard is not set up in the Windows program window, but in the web browser environment. First, log in to your Windows account with your email address and Microsoft will send you a verification code via email. After receiving the verification code and entering it, you can log in to your Windows Cloud account and selectively delete private information as needed (Figure 2).
In addition to accessing the privacy dashboard through the system settings, we can also directly access the web address: https://account.microsoft.com/privacy/
If you want to manage the web browsing address records collected when using Cortana and Edge, click the “Manage browsing data” option, select the records you want to clear from the list, and click “Clear” to clear the corresponding records from the cloud (Figure (Figure 3).
Tip: Microsoft Edge’s browsing history is also saved locally. If you don’t want to leave history traces locally, please use the Ctrl+Shift+P key combination to open InPrivate tabs or windows, so that no browsing history will be left locally after browsing.
To view and delete the keyword information of the searches conducted through Bing, click the “Clear Search History” option, and then view the index records of the searched keywords in the “Search” section to selectively delete them (Figure 4).
Location information can reveal your whereabouts, which is recorded in the server as a map. Click on “View Location Data” and a map of the areas you have visited will be displayed. To remove the trail history, click the “Clear” button under Maps.
The Cortana feature has the most privacy records, including lists, reminders, alarms, interests, favorites, and more. These data are also recorded in Microsoft’s web server, so to clean up such data, click “Edit Cortana’s notebook” and then select Clean by category.