When you have a new Windows computer (or install a new one), you can focus on downloading your favorite applications and transferring your files. It’s also a good time to set up your machine to protect your privacy from hacking. We must all protect our private data. Whether you download confidential work files, sensitive images or just your passwords, there is information you do not want others to have. When you set up a computer for the first time, you set the habits you will use for the duration of the computer. Instead of waiting to worry about your privacy later, it’s best to start on the right foot. It is also good to mention that Windows still permits you to install any app that you want. Once you have finished installations then those apps can do pretty much unwanted things like locking down your privacy on Windows then you should not install any other apps that can still read your data. You can do following steps which is provided below ;
1. Start with a safe install, Even if you bought your new computer
Before you do anything on your new computer then you should make sure your are starting from a clean state. If you purchase your computer from a store then it possibly came with a lot of junk software that the manufacturer provide you or you want. You should get rid of these junk programs is a best idea from system performance point of view.
a. Wipe out system and reinstall Windows from scratch – This is one of the best method to make sure that not any more extra junk apps run on the system. If you are running a store bought system then make sure and keep the license key before installations even while installing Windows 10.
b. Remove the bloatware manually – You should remove bloatware from system. It is a more tedious process and might be possible to leave something behind but it permits you to clean your machine without wiping anything that you have installed already.
2. Disconnect From Your Microsoft Account
Once you sured that your system is clean then you should evaluate that how closely your machine linked with Microsoft Account. Since Windows 8 you have been capable to log in to using your Microsoft account. As you do not want to logged in to Windows every time using Microsoft to know every time you log into your computer. If you are finding difficulties with having a direct link to your personal Microsoft account then ties directly to your system to use local account instead of it.
3. Make changes in the Privacy Section of the Settings App
Since Windows 8, Microsoft launched a new style of “modern” apps. If you want to go along with it then Microsoft has added a new permission system. This is mostly used in the phones and tablets but as the developers of Microsoft store most of the apps uses these permissions to access things such as microphone, camera or location. To manages these permissions you should open Start menu, type “privacy” and choose “Privacy settings” and set as per your requirements.
4. Protect you Apps and data
As you may know that the Microsoft built-in system can not protect your app (that you downloaded from store) or data so you have to do it yourself. Online Privacy protection is a discipline in itself but there are few basic things you should do for safer browsing and efficient regular work. Some of the steps that can protect your privacy is given below;
You should always use anti-virus and anti-malware on the system that saves you from unwanted installations and make sure you are protected from various kinds of malware attacks.
Always download only privacy protecting browser extension programs.
Use a VPN (Virtual Private Networks).
Using above mentioned steps you can save yourself from leakage of privacy and stay safe on the web.