Prevent Microsoft from spying on you in Windows 11/10. Disable data collection and personalized ads for PC, applications, browser, Bing, and Microsoft with Windows 11/10. In this article, we will look at how to block or disable ads lock screen, home menu, action center, ink workspace, Skype, OneDrive, and other personalized ads Windows 11/10and also adjust Microsoft and Bing account settings.
Not all Windows 11/10 users may know this, but they are monitored by default. However, Windows 11/10 claims to be a very secure operating system with detailed privacy settings, there are still many things to keep in mind. Windows 11/10 actually collects more browsing data, location history, communications history, and message and contact contact information than its predecessors.
Each time you visit a Microsoft website, tracking cookies are installed on your computer and track all your web browsing. This data is sent to Microsoft’s servers, and Bing.com uses it to send you targeted ads. It doesn’t matter if you’re using Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, or any other browser, Microsoft is always following you.
To disable or remove ads in Windows 11/10, you’ll need to:
- Visit your Microsoft account and Bing control panel to strengthen your privacy settings.
- Open Settings> Personalization and turn off ads for the lock screen, Cortana, and the Start menu.
- Follow this procedure to disable ads on Windows Ink Workspace, Skype, OneDrive in Explorer, Action Center, and more.
Prevent Microsoft from spying on you in Windows 11/10
In short, Microsoft tracks and adds your data to yours Advertising ID. Everything you search for, every program you download, every application you use, and every website you visit is tracked and sent to Bing and the Windows Store.
In fact, if you’re signed in with your Microsoft account, send a lot of your personal information to Microsoft servers, including the list of devices you use. Microsoft Edge even stores all the characters you type to search for anything.
Fortunately, you can turn off Microsoft data collection and personalized ads on your devices, applications, web browser, and Microsoft Windows 11/10 account.
Google has its own Google Control Panel, which provides a view of the data associated with your Google Account and allows you to change your Google privacy settings. You can also manage your Facebook advertising preferences. Microsoft also offers a dashboard of personal data, which we covered earlier. Since the release of Windows 11/10, Microsoft has added more features, which we’ll see now.
Disable personalized ads in Windows 11/10
Go to choice.microsoft.com/en-us/opt-out and adjust the settings in the right panel.
You will see three parameters:
- Custom ads in this browser
- Personalized ads every time I use a Microsoft account.
- Custom ads in Windows
Although you can turn off the first one even when you’re signed in to your Windows computer with a local account, to turn off the 2nd and 3rd you need to sign in with your Microsoft account.
Do not forget it :
“To disable personalized ads in this browser, your browser must support third-party and own cookies. Instructions for enabling cookies may be available in your browser settings, privacy or help documentation.
If you want Microsoft to show you ads, click On. To show “generic” ads, click Off.
“To create a more personalized online experience, some of the ads you may receive on Microsoft websites and applications are tailored to your previous activities, searches, and site visits. You have control and this is where you can choose the advertising that it suits you better ”.
Lily: Disable advertising ID to disable targeted ads. Disable your ad ID to disable targeted ads
Bing privacy settings
The second option is to adjust yours Bing Privacy settings.
Go to bing.com/account/personalization and sign in with your Microsoft account.
Delete saved sites, personal information, search history, etc. Go to the link and click on ‘Clear everything‘.
Also check your settings with other Microsoft services, such as Xbox, OneDrive, Outlook and Microsoft Advertising. Click on the relevant links and adjust the settings according to your preferences. These Microsoft services also store your data.
If you have Cortana On your devices, unknowingly provide all of your personal information, such as contacts, locations, calendar, and browsing history to Microsoft servers. Click on ‘Of course‘to delete all your data and you will not receive Cortana recommendations on your device.
More tips here: Disable data tracking and targeted advertising.
Block ads on Windows 11/10
Disable ads targeted to your Windows 11/10 configuration
Ads appearing in settings like this can be turned off.
Open Settings> General> Disable Show suggestions in the Settings app.
That should help.
Lily: How to prevent Microsoft from tracking you on a Windows computer.
Windows 11/10 privacy settings
We have already seen how change Windows privacy settings in detail. Let’s get back to what’s relevant here.
Press Win + I to open Windows 10 settings. Go to Privacy and change your privacy settings.
To turn off Allow applications to use my ad identifier for cross-application experiences. This will also reset your ad ID.
Turned on Windows 10 Mobile, go to Settings> Privacy> Ad ID. Disable Allow applications to use my ad identifier for cross-application experiences.
Lily: Turn off ads and tips on the lock screen.
Removes Windows ink workspace ads
To remove Windows Ink Workspace ads, open Settings> Devices> Pen and Windows Ink.
In Windows Ink Workspace, you’ll see Show suggestions for recommended apps. Turn the switch to the Off position.
Lily: Disable ads in the Windows 10 Start menu.
Remove Cortana ads
To remove ads from the Cortana search box, open Cortana and click its Settings icon, then click Turn off the taskbar switch.
Lily: Disable Oedrive ads and notifications in Windows File Explorer.
Delete Get Skype notifications
To prevent Get Skype from harassing you, you can open Settings> Settings> Applications and features and uninstall Get Skype application here.
Lily: Disable Get Office Notifications.
Delete ads in the action center
To remove ads from the Action and Notification Center, open Settings> System> Notifications and actions.
In Notifications you will see Get tips, tricks, and tips when using Windows. Turn the switch to the Off position.
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