Windows Privacy Tweaker

Windows Privacy Tweaker

How much do you trust Microsoft?

Designed for the Windows 10 environment, but with backward functionality for people running earlier versions of the operating system, Windows Privacy Tweaker allows you to achieve the maximum level of privacy and security possible. According to the makers, anyone running the popular Microsoft operating system on their PC or tablet may have had their privacy compromised for a long time, so this will be of interest to anyone who values their identity security highly. View full description

PROS

  • Ideal for all the latest Windows environments, including Xbox
  • Offers users greater confidence with security
  • Simple to use interface

CONS

  • May need multiple reboots of your device for security steps to fully enable

Designed for the Windows 10 environment, but with backward functionality for people running earlier versions of the operating system, Windows Privacy Tweaker allows you to achieve the maximum level of privacy and security possible. According to the makers, anyone running the popular Microsoft operating system on their PC or tablet may have had their privacy compromised for a long time, so this will be of interest to anyone who values their identity security highly.

Why use Windows Privacy Tweaker?

Windows 10, Microsoft’s much-vaunted upgrade to its operating system, has been popular while it has been free to download for existing users. However, it is worth noting that it comes bundled with a number of telemetry and tracking services that you might not have heard of before. These are for Microsoft's use, but it important to note that they are enabled by default. While this may not constitute the corporation actually spying on their customers Windows 10 is constantly collecting user information. This is something that is simply designed to enhance the system by gaining knowledge about what users do according to Microsoft. However, the stuff collected includes a wide variety of user data, such as WiFi passwords, contact information and certain usage patterns. If you don't want such data flowing back to Microsoft, albeit often in encrypted ways, the Windows Privacy Tweaker allows you to take control.

Take control of the data you send to Microsoft

Essentially, this program restores all of your settings in Windows 10 to their maximum safety levels. Once downloaded, the makers of Privacy Tweaker claim that you should face no more issues about your privacy or be compromised in terms of online safety. It will also deal with privacy issues for people running Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 or 8.1. The program opens up with a window that allows you to look at all of the services that might be running on your PC or tablet that can capture and distribute your data. These include intrusive services that run in the background and others that are scheduled as tasks for certain times in the future. All you need to do is to switch them such that they appear as safe and these functions no longer operate. To make it easy to use, services that are deemed to be unsafe are red and, once turned off, become green. The program allows you to look at all of your computer's registry tweaks as well as setting a system restoration point just in case something goes wrong once a service is turned off. The program supports three languages, English, Dutch and French, and has new descriptions added for each of its scheduled tasks. All of the popular Microsoft programs can offer up data about you, such as Windows Media Player, Family Control and Microsoft Office products. With Windows Privacy Tweaker, you take control of how much information and data is sent back to Microsoft about their usage on your device.

In a nutshell

This program is ideal for users who do not trust Microsoft with their personal data and who want to maintain as much privacy as possible. However, it does mean that certain services are bypassed which can have a negative effect when using Windows.

Windows Privacy Tweaker

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Windows Privacy Tweaker