How to Change Privacy Settings in Windows 8.1, 10

By: Radu Tyrsina
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These days, privacy is one of the most talked about topics, and Microsoft want to make sure that it pleases Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 users with the settings that it offers. Here are the options that let you be in control of your privacy on Windows 8.1
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You have probably noticed that, just like on other mobile platforms, such as iOS or Android, the apps that you install from the Windows Store to your Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 device can access various features of your system. You are probably ignoring this aspect, but you really need to know that you can be in control of your privacy settings. With the enlisted steps from below, we quickly share the tips and explanation of privacy options in Windows 8.1.

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If you know your way already on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, then you can know how to access PC Settings. From there, you just choose the Privacy option. But here’s the detailed guide for those who are new to the concept.

1. Press the Windows logo + W key to open the Search function or open the Charms Bar by moving your mouse or swipe the finger to the top right corner.

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2. In the Search bar type ‘PC Settings‘ and then click or tap on it.

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3. Choose ‘Privacy‘ from the menu.

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4. In the ‘General‘ sub-section, you can change the following:

  • App access to your name, picture and other account info
  • Apps can access your advertising ID, you can turn it off to reset it
  • SmartScreen filter for the web content that apps are using
  • Text suggestions
  • Websites provide locally relevant content by accessing the language list

5. In the ‘Location‘ sub-section, you can allow Windows and apps to use your location. If you don’t like certain apps to use your location, then you can disable this manually.

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6. In the ‘Webcam‘ sub-section, you can do the same things as in the Location one, meaning you can disable the access of certain apps and Windows, as well. Only choose the apps that you know are really safe to use.

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7. In the ‘Microphone‘ sub-menu, you already know what you can do from the previous settings. Again, disable the apps that you don’t trust.

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There’s also the ‘Other devices’ sub-section, where you will probably see other device, such as a pen or any other external devices.

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