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If you have used Windows 10, you will be quick to agree that this new Microsoft OS is amazing software.

It is faster, smoother and promises an enhanced user-friendly environment than any of its predecessors. Again, if you have used Windows 8 before, you will be glad that the new Windows 10 is here because the latter is simply a high breed of the former, coming in to address all the issues that were pointed out in the previous release, among them the return of the hugely missed Start Menu button.

Regardless of the fact that Windows 10 is a glorious, fantastic and amazing operating system, there is a hidden secret about this OS that you should know before thinking of upgrading. Windows 10 is an intelligent spy, and it will collect data on almost everything that you do on the platform.

Well, one thing you should know is that this is not your fault that Windows is collecting your data, but the good thing you should also know is that there is a way of getting around this spying issue on Windows 10. Don’t even think about suing Microsoft for collecting your data without your official consent, instead, please read through the 12,000-word terms and conditions for using this operating system before making any silly moves.

Obviously, Windows 10 will not be the first software application you’ve installed with reading a single word in the service agreement document. Don’t worry, no one is forcing you to read the entire booklet, but we have made things a little simpler for you by pulling out an extract from the official privacy statement that revolves around Microsoft’s spying on you.

Microsoft says that it will be accessing, disclosing as well as keeping your personal data that includes content such as emails, as long as it has abelief that it is doing so for a number of reasons. The obvious reason that Google and Apple have cited before is that it is collecting data to protect customers. However, it might also give out your personal info in case it is requested by law enforcing agencies, among other reasons.

No matter the reason Microsoft gives out, the fact remains that it is collecting, keeping or even disclosing private information to parties that are unknown to the owner of this data. There is, however, nothing to fret about as there is a way out of this.

How to stop Windows 10 from spying on you

It’s easy to stop Windows 10 from spying on you. The first thing you’ll need to do is go to your Settings and select Privacy. In the 13 screens that show up, go through all of them and disable anything that looks disconcerting to you. Even though the available tabs are very essential, you can still get most of the important settings on the General tab.

Another very essential thing you will have to do is disable one of the best features of Windows 10 – Cortana. This is necessary because the digital assistant is quick to access and play around with your data, and in the end, you may find out that it has fewer benefits when compared to risks. Last but not least, you should check with your web browser, the new Microsoft Edge. Launch it and click here then go ahead and disable the “Personalized ads wherever I use my Microsoft account” and “Personalized ads in this browser” options. This will disable ad tracking features.