What You Need to Know about Windows 10 Privacy Settings

The Microsoft Windows 10® upgrade introduced many new fun and exciting features and capabilities, and these new features introduced new security items to consider.*
*This article makes no recommendations, only suggestions; it is intended to help readers become aware of the privacy settings present with Windows 10.

Windows 10 tracks, stores, and uses a considerable amount of personal information by default.  Much of the information collected is useful and makes for a great user experience. However, in the business world, some information may be better kept private. Microsoft allows the user to control most settings easily and provides methods to control all settings, if necessary.

These controls are appropriately located under the “Settings” option; launch “Settings” and then select “Privacy” to find a listing of items that have privacy controls settings.

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It is important to be aware of what is enabled by default. While the HIPAA security rule does not specify operating system requirements1, and there have been no guidelines published by a regulatory agency, it is prudent to know about privacy settings and how they can be controlled. Below are two important examples:

Speech, Inking, & Typing

This is also the setting for Cortana, which is not revealed until selected.  This feature collects considerable data and may be a setting to consider turning off depending on the use of the computer and what data is stored on the machine.

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