O&O ShutUp10 Portable means you have full control over which comfort functions under Windows 10 you wish to use, and you decide when the passing on of your data goes too far. Using a very simple interface, you decide how Windows 10 should respect your privacy by deciding which unwanted functions should be deactivated.
The telemetry components of Windows 10 and the way they affect the user’s privacy is a controversial topic ever since the release of the most recent iteration of Microsoft’s operating system. While many options can be tampered with during setup, there are applications out there specifically tailored to allow the manual tweaking of Windows 10’s security settings. One of them is O&O ShutUp10.
Various range of tweaks for Windows 10
Requiring no installation, O&O ShutUp10 provides users with a simple means of customizing the privacy options in Windows 10 and thus decide which data collection options will stay enabled and which should be blocked.
If you are not willing to go through the entire list of settings, read about them (clicking on the name of an option reveals information about it and how it affects your PC) and disable or enable them, O&O ShutUp10 comes with a more simple solution. There is a list of security options that the application recommends, and you can apply them with just a click.
Disable telemetry, localization and tracking options
The array of tweaks O&O ShutUp10 comes with includes telemetry-related options, app access to Wi-Fi, the camera, the calendar and personal user data (messages, location), data collection and sending to Microsoft, advertising, localization detection, and more.
Many of the security-related complaints in Windows 10 are related to the Cortana personal assistant, but you can block this built-in application with O&O ShutUp10. Along with it, the SmartScreen filter, the app notifications, the automatic Windows updates, the feedback reminders, and OneDrive can be disabled.
Control all security settings in Windows 10
The assortment of security options that O&O ShutUp10 targets is meant to offer you full control over the data collection capabilities of Windows 10. No restart is required, and the changes are applied on the spot, but you must run the application with administrator privileges. Please note that it is recommended to create a system restore point before using this app.
And in case you want the default configuration back, you can undo all the changes with just a click, restoring Windows 10 to its ‘factory’ settings.
More control over your operating system
Adapt your security settings
Protect your privacy
Control location services
Control Windows Updates
Do not pass on your user data and diagnostics
Windows 10 wants to give users the easiest possible daily experience and in doing so very rarely forces you to actually read and confirm a security notice. Unfortunately, this simplified approach from Microsoft means much more data is passed onto them than many users would like.
Microsoft uses most data to display personalized information to you that is aimed at making your computer life easier. As an example, Windows 10 can remind you to set off to the airport 30 minutes earlier due to traffic en route. In order to deliver this information to you, however, Windows 10 has to access your calendar entries, your mails (i.e. the airline confirmation email), your location and it has to have access to the internet to get traffic news.
Some services protocol your entire keyboard entries, share your WLAN access data with your facebook contacts or connect your computer without asking permission to a public . and potentially unprotected . network. While this means that you and your contacts do not have to grapple with complicated WLAN passwords, it also poses a significant security risk.
Decide for yourself how important your .comfort. is when weighed up with your privacy and how to protect it. O&O ShutUp10 presents you with all important settings in one location . you need no previous IT knowledge and there is no need to manually change the Windows 10 system settings.
O&O ShutUp10 is entirely free and does not have to be installed . it can be simply run directly and immediately on your PC. And it will not install or download retrospectively unwanted or unnecessary software, like so many other programs do these days!
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