How to Prevent Windows 10 from Spying on You with Its New Feature

Microsoft is working on what’s new in future versions of Windows 10 . This week they have announced several of them, such as the possibility of testing Windows 10X where we have been able to see the new file explorer, or one of the most important changes at the privacy level since the operating system exists.

Telemetry has been the excuse for many Windows 7 users not to upgrade to Windows 10, arguing that they don’t want Microsoft to spy on them even though only anonymous basic usage data is collected in the least intrusive way and that it doesn’t collect any activity that we have on the PC. In fact, there are many tools to prevent Windows 10 from spying on you.


Goodbye to telemetry data in Windows 10

After much insistence from users, Microsoft will finally allow us to choose a non-intrusive option with our privacy. This change has begun to be seen in build 19577 of Windows 10, and will arrive this year on our computers, although we do not know if in the first or second major update of the year.

Thus, currently if we go to Settings> Privacy>  Diagnostics and Feedback, we find two diagnostic data options: Basic and Complete. The first one sends information about the device, our hardware, active functionalities, and if everything works without fail. The complete one does send information about which websites you visit, how you use the apps and system functions, and basically any system activity.

With the basic one, our privacy is safe, and that data helps Microsoft to find hardware and software failures and incompatibilities beforehand, in addition to knowing how many computers have the operating system installed and which settings are the most common.

New names for diagnostic data

In previous builds, four levels of data collection were being tested: Security, Basic, Enhanced, and Full, where Security disabled all diagnostic data. In build 19577 all the names have changed, becoming:

  • Security -> Diagnostic data disabled
  • Basic -> Necessary diagnostic data
  • Complete -> Optional diagnostic data

As we can see, the new names are much more intuitive, and many users will opt for the option to deactivate them completely, despite the fact that the necessary diagnostic data function is very useful for Microsoft and at all times is respecting our privacy. In this way, users can choose if they want to share any data with Microsoft, or not share any.

The necessary diagnostic data function will allow you to choose in the future what data can be collected, although in principle this would only be possible for companies. Microsoft will give more details before the official launch of the function.

Beyond that, this week Microsoft has released this week the first image of Windows 10X to be able to test it on our computers. In it we have been able to see the appearance of the new file explorer of the operating system, which could show us what would be the future appearance of the file explorer of Windows 10, which has been asking for years.