Software recommendation: Windows 10 privacy is under my control

Since Windows 7, Microsoft has designed probing programs in its Windows to collect user experience, and many features are turned on by default. This has created an unspecified privacy risk for users. If we use Windows Privacy Tweaker, a software specially designed for Windows privacy optimization, we can identify and close the privacy loopholes in various aspects. The software also has a privacy rollback feature, which allows you to reverse the optimization afterwards.

When you run Windows Privacy Tweaker, it will first display the feature profile page, and you can enter the software by clicking the arrow button on the right side of the upper window icon (Figure 1).


After that, the software will automatically scan the system for items that can send private information. When the scan is finished, three types of items are displayed in the window, including the private items related to “Registry” under the Microsoft Windows Registry branch, the private items related to “Task Scheduler” under the Microsoft Task Scheduler branch, and the private items related to “Services” under the Microsoft Services branch (Figure 2). “The Microsoft Windows Registry branch lists private items related to the Registry; the Microsoft Task Scheduler branch lists private items related to the Task Scheduler; and the Microsoft Services branch lists private items related to the Services (Figure 2).


In order to avoid flashback of the optimization operation, before the optimization operation starts, click on the Create Restore Point item in the control menu in the upper left corner of the software to create a system restore point (Figure 3).


Once the Restore Point is created, you can select the privacy item for optimization. Each optimization option will be marked with red, yellow and green colors. The red color shows the insecure entries, which can be disabled by simply clicking on the checkboxes in front of them. Of course, we can also disable other privacy items that are not marked in red. Once all the options to be optimized have been selected, click the Fix All button in the bottom right corner to start automatic optimization. Note that in the Description column of the window, there is a description of the content of the corresponding item, which can be used to decide whether the current item needs to be optimized or not.


If you have disabled some privacy options and wish to reverse them, you can select these items in the window list and click the Unfix All button to roll back the privacy items (Figure 4). Note that the rollback here does not mean rolling back with System Restore, but only that the software restores the privacy items it has previously disabled.


Note that the program is only optimized for the privacy options of the Windows system itself, which means it cannot eliminate potential privacy and security threats from third-party applications. To protect against third-party applications, you need to choose the appropriate security software.


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