A new app developed to stop Windows 10 from tracking you

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Windows 10 has just been released for a week and it has already stirred controversy related to the amount of information it tracks.

It has been revealed that Windows 10 tracks information like, for example, your location or data about you. It also shares Wi-Fi passwords with your friends. 

There have been various opinions flying around. Some people say that Microsoft is disrespectful towards its users and it does not respect their privacy. Others do not understand what’s the big deal. However, most of the negative feedback is related to the fact than when installing Windows 10, more explicit options could be presented and the amount of information reported back to Microsoft would not be that alarmingly large.

It is still possible to deselect various options related to tracking at the setup. You may also go to the settings on your Windows 10 and deselect other options that you may find threatening to your privacy once the installation is over. 

However, everything can be done with one free and simple open-source app that will help you to recover your privacy.

This app has been developed by Syed Qazi. He has stated that while some of the fear related to Windows 10 is unjustified, but a lot of it actually is, which has motivated him to create this app.

This app is called “Disable Windows 10 Tracking”. It disables telemetry collection, certain Windows features and tracking-related services. You can also inspect the code on GitHub.

Qazi claims that this add has first been created as a Python script. It has later acquired its present form and became quite famouse on Reddit. Qazi is planning to create an app that would be able to disable most of the tracking on the operating systems or even all of it.

Of course, the app has just been developed and it is constantly changing. There is no doubt that if there is demand, it will be developed further.

Prevent websites, ISP, and other parties from tracking you

Private Internet Access is a VPN that can prevent your Internet Service Provider, the government, and third-parties from tracking your online and allow you to stay completely anonymous. The software provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, ensuring optimal performance and not slowing you down. You can also bypass geo-restrictions and view such services as Netflix, BBC, Disney+, and other popular streaming services without limitations, regardless of where you are.

A VPN is also crucial when it comes to user privacy. Online trackers such as cookies can not only be used by social media platforms and other websites but also your Internet Service Provider and the government. Even if you apply the most secure settings via your web browser, you can still be tracked via apps that you are connected to the internet. Besides, privacy-focused browsers like Tor is are not an optimal choice due to diminished connection speed.

Therefore, to stay completely anonymous and prevent the ISP and the government from spying on you, you should employ Private Internet Access VPN. It will allow you to connect to the internet while being completely anonymous, prevent trackers, ads, as well as malicious content. Most importantly, you will prevent the illegal surveillance activities that NSA and other governmental institutions are performing behind your back.

 

Recover your lost files quickly

Unforeseen circumstances can happen at any time while using the computer: it can turn off due to a power cut, a Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) can occur, or random Windows updates can decide to reboot the machine when you went away for a few minutes. As a result, your schoolwork, important documents, and other data might be lost.

Additionally, you might also be attacked by malware that can corrupt your Windows or encrypt files with a robust encryption algorithm, and ask for a ransom in Bitcoin for the decryption tool. Cybercriminals might not deliver what they promised, however, so it is better to attempt alternative file recovery methods that could help you to retrieve at least some portion of the lost data.

Data recovery software is one of the options that could help you recover your files. Once you delete a file, it does not vanish into thin air – it remains on your system as long as no new data is written on top of it. Data Recovery Pro is recovery software that searchers for working copies of deleted files within your hard drive. By using the tool, you can prevent loss of valuable documents, school work, personal pictures, and other crucial files.

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Lucia Danes
Lucia Danes - Security researcher

Lucia Danes is the news editor at UGetFix. She is always on the move because the eager for knowledge makes her travel around the globe and attend InfoSec events and conferences.

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