skp51443 Posted February 25, 2016 Report Share Posted February 25, 2016 I passed on Windows 10 as I'm happy enough with my old version 7 on my old hardware but I found this when looking for suggestions for a friend who was wanting to tweak his v 10 settings. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/02/24/windows_10_telemetry/ If you don't know how to control the information Windows 10 sends back about you to Microsoft, the Redmond giant has updated its guide on how to do so. Snappily titled "Configure telemetry and other settings in your organization", the page was tweaked on Tuesday, and some corners of the web are rather excited by this development. The guide was first published around the middle of last year. You may not have seen this page before, but if you have: you can safely go back to your coffee. The document applies to Windows 10 build 1511, which was released in November. It goes over what Microsoft says Windows 10 collects about you and sends back to Redmond's servers via encrypted HTTPS transfers. This telemetry allows the software giant to analyze the types of computers running Windows 10, exactly how programs are used by people, and why apps and services crash. Some will call that spying, others will call it harmless diagnostic data. However you want to label it, it's possible Windows will send back your files, or fragments of files, from your system to Microsoft engineers investigating programming bugs in their code. That may be a surprise to you, it may not. They continue with a short version of the Microsoft guide that will help you pick the settings you are comfortable with. The even shorter version: In short: if you value your privacy, you'll want to select Basic. If you're super-paranoid, you can select Security, and if you can't do that due to your Windows 10 edition, well, Basic will have to do. If you don't want your documents flung back to Redmond, don't use the Full setting. Microsoft urges you to not opt out of this telemetry collection because it has been used to debug nasty errors and catch early malware infections ? attempts to exploit vulnerabilities trigger weird new crashes that engineers haven't seen before. Read it and decide what your comfort level is. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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