August 23, 2017 | 1:57 am
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[HOWTO] Stop Windows 10 From Spying On You – Part 2

Windows 10 has adopted a rather novel way to distribute security updates.  In the past, Windows Update was used and your system downloaded security patches from Microsoft’s servers and installed them automatically (if you had Windows configured to do so).

Now, it seems that with Windows 10, Microsoft has decided to save a little cash by using your bandwidth to distribute updates instead of it’s own servers.

Here’s how it works:  Your computer connects to Microsoft’s update server and downloads the required patches.  Then, when someone else wants the update, it contacts Microsoft’s servers and requests a list of nearby distribution points, which are actually other people’s computers who’ve opted in to being part of this system.

There are a couple of problems with this.

  • First, not everyone has an unlimited bandwidth plan, so participating in the system will use your bandwidth and if you go over your limit, you pay for it.
  • Second, everyone is opted in.  By default.  you have to actually go in and turn this feature off.

If you’re like me, you don’t want someone else connecting to your system and downloading stuff without your knowledge as this can present a potential security risk.

So.  Here’s how to turn it off:

Select Start, Settings

Select Start, Settings

Select Update and Security

Select Update and Security

Select Windows Update, Advanced Options

Select Windows Update, Advanced Options

Select Choose how updates are delivered

Select Choose how updates are delivered

Click on On

Click on On

Now it is off

Now it is off

And that should do it.  See how easy that was?  Instead of letting people opt-in to the program, it required 6 clicks!

Coming up soon:  How to actually turn on ALL the privacy settings.

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In Part 3 we focus on how to disable Cortana and other “required” apps which spy on you