There has been some concern that Windows 10 gathers too much private information from users. Whether you think Microsoft's operating system crosses the privacy line or just want to make sure you protect as much of your personal life as possible, we're here to help. Here's how to protect your privacy in just a few minutes.Note: This story has been updated for the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, a.k.a. version 1803. If you have an earlier release of Windows 10, some things may be different.Turn off ad trackingAt the top of many people's privacy concerns is what data is being gathered about them as they browse the web. That information creates a profile of a person's interests that is used by a variety of companies to target ads. Windows 10 does this with the use of an advertising ID. The ID doesn't just gather information about you when you browse the web, but also when you use Windows 10 apps.You can turn that advertising ID off if you want. Launch the Windows 10 Settings app (by clicking … [Read more...] about How to protect your privacy in Windows 10
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Privacy & Security Is It Even Possible To Protect Your Privacy On Facebook? Listen · 3:11 3:11 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/596206770/596647539" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Enlarge this image Mary Guedon of the group Raging Grannies holds a sign as she protests in 2010 outside of the Facebook headquarters in California. Privacy advocates say it's too difficult to fully protect your privacy on Facebook. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Mary Guedon of the group Raging Grannies holds a sign as she protests in 2010 outside of the Facebook headquarters in California. Privacy advocates say it's too difficult to fully protect your privacy on Facebook. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images The recent … [Read more...] about Is It Even Possible To Protect Your Privacy On Facebook?
Video: Net neutrality explained with beerCloudflare is an old hand at speeding up corporate internet services with its content delivery network (CDN). The company is also a pro at blocking Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. Now, with its new 188.8.131.52 public Domain Name System (DNS) resolver, it can speed up and secure your web browsing, as well. What is DNS and how does it work? DNS is the Internet's master phone book. It turns human-readable domain names, such as cbsinteractive.com, into Internet Protocol (IP) addresses such as 184.108.40.206. For all practical purposes, every time you go anywhere on the internet, you start by interacting with DNS.Read also: Cloudflare's free network monitoring mobile SDK open to all developers This takes time. A complex webpage can require multiple DNS lookups -- one for the text, another for an image, another for an ad on the page, and so on -- before your page loads. Each DNS lookup takes an average of 32 milliseconds (ms). That … [Read more...] about How to use Cloudflare’s DNS service to speed up your internet and protect your privacy
Facebook's Single Sign On service makes logging in and creating accounts for apps, games, and services easy. But when you use Facebook to log in, Facebook gives those apps access to your data — a lot of your data. Worse, Facebook can give those apps access to the data of your friends, even if those friends haven't downloaded the app or consented in any way. How to stop your friends' Facebook apps from collecting your data There are a number of ways to reduce the amount of data you share with Facebook — including providing fake information in your profile, changing profile settings so that certain information displays only to you, and stopping apps from collecting your data entirely. But one of the best ways to ensure that you aren't sharing anything is to check your third-party app list and see exactly what you're providing to these services. If necessary, you can even disable Facebook's app platform altogether. The quickest way to remove apps on Facebook's iPhone … [Read more...] about How to stop third-party apps from using your Facebook data and protect your privacy
Whether you've been searching for an anniversary present or looking at dodgy websites, it's easy to clear your internet browsing history in Safari on the iPhone and iPad. This option was moved in iOS 11, however, so you may have lost your bearings since updating. For lots more tips on protecting your secrets, see How to use private browsing on iPhone and How to delete call history on iPhone. How to selectively delete browsing history Assuming your iPhone or iPad is up to date and running the latest version of iOS, you clear browsing history by doing the following: Open Safari, and tap the bookmarks icon (the open book). On iPhone this is at the bottom of the screen; on iPad it's at the top left. At the top of the Bookmarks pane you'll see three icons. Tap the clock icon on the right to open History. At the bottom of the History pane, tap Clear, then select 'The last hour', 'Today', 'Today and yesterday' or 'All time'. You can also delete individual entries: swipe to the left across a … [Read more...] about Protect your privacy: Wipe your iPhone’s browsing history