Windows 10 is the most cloud oriented version of Windows so far, Windows 10 consists of cloud hooks and is studded with data-tracking which enables Microsoft’s servers to track our data in real time. Additionally,  Windows 10 consists of many features and apps that can slow down your workstation’s performance and battery life.

Since everyone personalize and share their data according to their liking, some might be comfortable with sharing their privacy but most of us think otherwise, so here are 10 things you might want to disable in Windows 10 to protect your privacy and improve performance of your device.

  1. Targeted Ads

Targeted personalized Ads are distributed to users according to their search history on the internet through cookies. Windows 10 issues a permanent Advertising Id that cannot be removed but at the very least you can disable the 3rd party apps from sourcing your data and popping targeted personalized Ads on your screen.

  1. App Access to Your Location

Some unnecessary 3rd party apps will access your location which can eventually lead to privacy invasion, it is in your best interest to disable any 3rd party access to your location.

  1. Unwanted Background Apps

When you start windows some unnecessary Apps run alongside that will drain your battery life and slow down your work performance.  Prevent any background apps usage for optimal performance.

  1. Automatically-Applied Updates

It’s convenient when you get all the necessary updates automatically, but they do come with one drawback. In many cases it is noticed that Windows 10 restarts automatically after applying updates, which results in loss of any unsaved data,  it is recommended to disable automatic updates to prevent loss of any unsaved data.

  1. Wi-Fi Sense

Wi-Fi sense allows you to share passwords with your friends and family easily. You can personally choose to share certain passwords which can be convenient since you won’t have to spell out each word of your encrypted password, but make sure it is not activated by default in public as you can risk into sharing your passwords to unwanted people.

  1. Bandwidth Sharing

Windows 10 unique feature of peer to peer network for downloading updates can turn out to be very costly, this means when you download any Windows updates you are also uploading these updates for other users to download. Unless you got unlimited bandwidth we recommend you to disable bandwidth sharing for updates.

  1. Cortana

Cortana learns from browsing history, save your search habits and recommends you suggestions that can be helpful to you. Cortana is Windows 10 personal digital assistant that collects information from your calendaremails and works similarly like Google Now does on Android smart phones.

  1. Lock Screen

Lock Screen is not ideal for people who wish to connect quickly to their devices, you can always disable the lock screen, but with this action you also risk the security of your device when you are not around.

  1. Syncing

Syncing between devices can be helpful and annoying at the same time, it’s a personal choice to enable or disable sync but not all of us share the interest of syncing our data altogether between devices.

  1. Visual effects

Visual effects may look astonishing on your screen but the fact is, it drains a lot your battery life. If you are one of those users who wish to choose simplicity and speed, it is in your best interest to disable visual effects on your device for better performance.

Windows 10 is intrusive and might have privacy concerns, but it also allows us to personalize our devices according to our daily use that can bring optimal workflow.

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