Consumer advocates repeatedly recommend that it is better to be sparing with passing on your own data. With user data, companies can achieve a lot more than you might think at first glance. For example, personalized advertising can be placed. It is not uncommon for prices and offers to be adapted to the consumer behavior of the user. Windows 10 also collects data - we will show you here how you can restrict this. If you can't find one of the settings, you may have an older version of Windows 10.
This is how you can open your data protection settings
Set Windows permissions
You will find various important privacy settings under Windows permissions . You can usually apply the settings without any problems. If you have concerns about some settings, you can of course leave them at the default value.
Set app permissions
Here you can see an example of the authorizations for contacts . There is a switch at the top to enable or disable access for all apps. Below is a list of the apps that use this feature. If the feature is switched on, you can regulate which app is allowed to access it and which not..
With app permissions, of course, it depends on how you use your system . Please note: The settings made here only apply to Windows apps from the Microsoft Store . So if you are not using Windows apps, you can use very restrictive settings without hesitation. If you are dependent on certain apps, you can also explicitly allow them and prohibit all others. For example, the microphone and camera should be accessible to Skype . It also makes sense, if available, to allow your mail application to access your contacts . These exceptions are mostly obvious, however, and at the latest when you next use the respective program, it will possibly show you a message about this.
Normal desktop applications are not affected . So if you use Thunderbird for your mails and the Skype desktop application instead of the app, you don't have to explicitly allow these programs. As a rule of thumb, you should consider the following: Features that you do not need or whose purpose you do not know should be switched off . To do this, we recommend that you first deactivate all of the services listed here. If you discover an application that you want to continue to use, explicitly allow it by activating the service, but deactivating all applications except the one you want..
Should one of your programs cause problems afterwards, you can of course change these options at any time. If you're sure you're not using a single Windows app, it's safe to turn everything off.