Reinforce Windows 10 By Removing Possible Spying

With the latest updates made to Windows 10, Microsoft has made the operating system more secure and stable. But with it, researchers have found that Windows 10 now tracks how you use it and sends it back to Microsoft.

In the age of making sure systems stay secure, Microsoft is probably doing this to ensure Windows 10 stays secure. But for security folks, taking away that edge from Microsoft is easily done, and can make Windows 10 less spying for some.

Microsoft Makes Users Wary Of Connected User Experiences In Windows 10

Windows 10 Spying?

Joe Belfiore, who is Microsoft’s corporate vice president, admitted that the latest Windows 10 updates included this new Diagnostic tracking tool. But it turns out, it was removed and renamed with something more sinister.

Thew new Connected User Experiences and Telemetry Service is the new DiagTrack service, and also reset user preferences. These preferences were reset to allow for experiences that didn’t want to be tracked for users.

Microsoft Makes Connected User Experiences A Spyful Experience On Windows 10

How To Disable These Windows 10 Services

To disable these services, users can do a series of steps to safeguard their systems from snooping eyes. Hold down the Windows Key and tap the “R” Key. Then type “services.msc” and press enter. Find “Connected User Experiences and Telemetry and double click it.

There, the user can click the stop in the service status to stop these services from being run. Then under the startup type, select disabled and confirm this selection, and close the window by clicking OK.

The Connected User Experiences and Telemetry services are sneaky by Microsoft. They need to be more transparent and Microsoft isn’t doing it so far with this update.

Published: Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 Last Modified: December 1, 2015

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