Chapter 6:
Accounts, Security and Privacy

How to Set Up and Configure the Windows Firewall

The Windows Firewall is a utility program that’s designed to protect you from critical security threats that are trying to invade your computer through a network or the Internet. The Firewall is turned on by default, although a lot of people choose to turn it off because they don’t know how to properly set it up. In this guide, we’ll show you how to configure the Windows Firewall so that you can get the most of the protection that it provides without dealing with some of tedious problems that it can cause.

However, please note from the start that the Window Firewall isn’t an anti-virus program and it isn’t a suitable method of protection against computer viruses. As such, you should run it alongside Windows Defender or a third-party anti-virus program.

How to Turn Windows Firewall On or Off

Unless you have a particularly good reason then you probably shouldn’t turn off the Windows Firewall. You will just compromise your PC and leave it vulnerable to attacks from hackers or computer worms (malware programs). However, if you have a third-party firewall then it is perfectly reasonable (and recommended) to disable Windows Firewall.

To turn Windows Firewall on or off, do the following:

Open Search. You can also search from the Control Panel.

Enter “firewall” in the search box. Click or tap on Windows Firewall to select this program from the list.

Click on Turn Windows Firewall on or off and depending on your choice, click or tap on Turn on Windows Firewall (to enable it) or Turn off Windows Firewall (to disable it).

However, you should note that you may not be able to turn the firewall off if you are currently connected to a network (due to security settings).

Configuring Windows Firewall Settings

By default, Windows Firewall will only block suspicious apps. Following the steps mentioned above you can enter the Windows Firewall settings and turn on the option Notify me when Windows Firewall blocks a new app. You can then choose whether or not this is a fair assessment and unblock the app if you so desire.

To do this, follow these steps:

From within the Windows Firewall settings page, click or tap on Allow an app or feature through Windows Firewall.

Click or tap on Change settings.

Select the checkbox next to the app(s) that you want to allow access. Once you’re done click or tap on OK.

In case the app isn’t listed then you might want to use the Windows Firewall to open a custom port for that application to use. Perform the following steps:

From within the Windows Firewall settings click or tap on Advanced settings.

In the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security dialog box, you should click or tap on Inbound Rules.

Next click or tap on New Rule and follow the on-screen instructions to configure the new port.

When you are connected to a public network with minimum security (at a park or a hotel), it is advised that you temporary block all incoming connections (this includes allowed apps as well). Instead of manually checking all of the boxes to disable all the apps, you can simply click on Turn Windows Firewall on or off and check the option Block all incoming connections, including those in the list of allowed apps.

This will not reset your previous app settings and everything will be back to normal once you uncheck this feature.

How to Protect Your Windows 10 PC from Viruses and Malware

Computer viruses and malware can cause serious damage to your PC and invade your privacy (stealing important data in the process), but there is no reason to be afraid if you use your PC responsibly. In this guide, we’ll cover all the precautionary steps that you should take in order to avoid viruses and malware as well as what you should do if you suspect that your PC is infected.

Best Practices to Avoid Viruses and Malware

Viruses are often downloaded from the Internet due to irresponsibility on the part of the user. People will often download software from untrusted websites or fall prey to online scams and phishing websites. Preventing this and avoiding viruses and malware altogether is the best way to protect your PC.

While we will recommend some tools for you to use, it is as equally as important that you keep some best practices in mind while browsing the web:

Do not open emails that are sent from unfamiliar senders or attachments that aren’t trustworthy. Most of these messages should end up in your Spam folders, but every now and then, you’re bound to encounter a very suspicious message that got passed the security filter of your email provider. You should be especially careful about messages that request information about your financial history as these might be phishing scams.

Do not download software from unknown publishers. Whenever you download some new software, you should do a search online to check if the publisher is trustworthy.

Do not download suspicious plugins. When you browse the web, you might often see a notification on a website that’s informing you about an outdated version of Flash, Silverlight or Java. Sometimes these messages are legitimate, but they can also be clever scams that are designed to get you to download malware or viruses. If you see a notification that you should download or update a plugin then you should manually go to the vendor’s official website instead of clicking on the notification message.

Be careful about browser extensions. Browsers nowadays allow users to download and use various extensions. While this is great for the user as it provides a lot of amazing new features that you can use, it should also be noted that it has opened the “floodgates” for malware. You should only download extensions from the official storefronts or from highly trusted publishers.

Keep Windows updated. Always download official Windows updates and patches as they often include additional security features and patches. Check out our guide to Windows Updates for more information.

Scanning Your PC with Windows Defender

While there are a lot of third-party tools that provide protection from viruses and malware, you can simply use the included Windows Defender application to scan your PC. Here’s how:

Open Search.

In the search box enter “defender” and select Windows Defender from the list of results. Another way is to open Settings and click or tap on Update & Security.

From the subheadings, choose Windows Defender and scroll down and click or tap on Open Windows Defender.

Once you open the app, you will see a section labeled Scan Options. Click or tap on it and then select one of the three options that you want:
a. Quick scan – this will check only the areas of your PC that are common targets of various malicious software. It will also scan through all of the apps that are currently running in the background.
b. Full scan – this checks all of the files on your PC. Depending on your PC it is normal for the scan to take an hour or longer to complete.
c. Custom scan – this allows you to manually choose the locations that should be scanned.

Once you’ve selected the option that you want just click or tap on Scan now to have Windows Defender begin scanning your PC.

You can also scan specific files and folders by right clicking them. Next select Scan with Windows Defender. The speed of the scan will depend on the size it’s scanning.

In case Windows Defender finds viruses it will typically remove them automatically or consult you for advice. You can also keep Windows Defender’s real-time protection on at all times in order to get the maximum security out of this program.

However, you should never have two anti-virus or anti-malware applications running at the same time. This will significantly decrease your PC’s performance and, in the end, it isn’t really needed. If you choose to download another third-party anti-virus program then disable Windows Defender’s real-time protection.

The Next Steps

Another precaution you can employ is to configure Windows Firewall in order to protect yourself from various threats on the Internet. If you are concerned about your child’s safety, then consult our Family Safety guide for a full guide on how to block miscellaneous content as well as monitor your child’s PC activity.

Finally, remember that you should always be prepared for the worst. A virus could do irreparable damage to Windows and as such, it is important to think about recovery and backup ahead of time. Consult our full guide on repair and recovery in Windows 10 for further information on this matter.

How to Monitor Your Child's PC Activity and Set up Family Safety Features in Windows 10

Microsoft has changed their Family Safety features in Windows 10 and provided dedicated monitoring of child activity. You can create a dedicated user account for children that will not have all the features and privileges of regular Windows users. Thanks to this, you can set limits and restrictions on the amount of time that is spent on the PC as well as block particular websites, programs and video games.

In this guide we’ll show you how to set up Family Safety features in Windows 10 and how you can help you children use the PC responsibly.

Create a Child’s User Account

The first step to setting-up all of the child monitoring and family safety features is to set up a dedicated child user account. If you haven’t done this already follow these steps:

Open Settings. Here you should select the option Accounts.

Click or tap on Family and other users.

Here you should click or tap on Add a family member and then select Add a child.

Even though this is a child’s account you still have to associate it with an email address and create a Microsoft account for them. If they have a Microsoft account just enter it in the text box and then click or tap on Next and follow the instructions to finish the setup. If they don’t have a Microsoft account, but you would like to create one for them, then you can click or tap on The person I want to add doesn't have an email account.

Setup will then prompt you to create a Microsoft account.

Next it will ask you to confirm that you want to add that email to your family and this device. Press Confirm and setup will send an invite to your child. Until they accept the invite sent to their email, they'll be able to log into this device without family settings applied to their account.

Let them know they'll need to be connected to the internet the first time they log into the device.

You can also login with your Microsoft account to Microsoft Family Settings and Add a child. You will be prompted to type in their email or create a new account to which an invitation will be sent.

If you need more help about general user accounts then you can view our guide on user account and password management in Windows 10.

Add a Parent to Family Safety

Naturally, you may want to include your spouse in Family Safety and give them the ability to monitor PC activity and respond to permission requests. This is easy to do, but your spouse must have a Microsoft account (it cannot be done for a local account).

Perform the following steps:

Open Settings. Here you should select the option Accounts.

Click or tap on Family and other users.

Here you should click or tap on Add a family member and then select Add an adult.

If they have a Microsoft account just enter it in the text box and then click or tap on Next and follow the instructions to finish the setup. If they don’t have a Microsoft account, but you would like to create one for them, then you can click or tap on The person I want to add doesn't have an email account.

Setup will then prompt you to create a Microsoft account.

Next, it will ask you to confirm that you want to add that email to your family and this device. Press Confirm and setup will send an invite to your spouse. Until they accept the invite sent to their email, they'll be able to log into this device without the option to change family settings.

Let them know they'll need to be connected to the internet the first time they log into the device.

You can also login with your Microsoft account to Microsoft Family Settings and Add an adult. You will be prompted to type in their email or create a new account to which an invitation will be sent.

Setting Limits and Restrictions on Games and Apps from the Windows Store

You can set and manage all of the limits and restrictions that are associated with your child’s account from anywhere in the world via the Family Safety website. Log in to their service and then click or tap on the name of the child whose settings you want to change.

To set screen time perform the following actions:

Click or tap on the Screen Time option on Microsoft Family Safety website.

To set a time of day when your child will be able to use the PC, change the times for every day in the week. To set how long your child can use the PC each day, set the Limit per day, on this device option. You can choose to Block access all day, Unlimited or set a limit from 30 minutes to 12 hours.

You can also track their usage of the PC in the Recent activity tab. It will show how long they were using the PC a certain day.

There are several ways to set restrictions on games and apps from the Windows Store. You can use automatic filters or block individual titles.

To block all apps, games & media that exceed a certain maturity rating you can do the following:

Click or tap on Apps, games & media on Microsoft Family Safety website and then click or tap on the drop menu under Child can download and purchase apps, games, and media appropriate for.

Make sure that Block inappropriate apps and games is turned On and then use the menu to choose a rating level according to the age of your child. Depending on the age you set, Microsoft will set ratings for apps, movies, games, TV and music. The child’s account will now be unable to open or download any of those from the Windows Store if they do not comply with these safety settings.

If you want to block individual apps, games and media, do the following:

Click or tap on Recent activity on Microsoft Family Safety website and then look under Apps & games.

Make sure that Block inappropriate apps and games is turned On and then select an app or game and Block it (as appropriate).

You can also use this interface to unblock previously blocked games.

Blocking Websites

Similarly to the previous example, there are two main ways to limit your child’s access to the web. You can either use broad filters to create a restriction level or you can block specific websites.

To block websites by category you can do the following:

Click or tap on Web browsing on Microsoft Family Safety website.

Make sure that Block inappropriate websites is turned On.

Adult content and InPrivate browsing will be blocked by default, and Bing SafeSearch will be turned on. Bing SafeSearch will be set to a Strict setting which will filter out adult text, images, and videos from their search results. They will not be able to change this in their Bing settings.

To block individual websites you can do the following:

Click or tap on Web browsing on Microsoft Family Safety website.

Make sure that Block inappropriate websites is turned On.

Now you can enter a specific web address and then click or tap on Block.

Later you can also click or tap on Remove to unblock these web addresses. You can also choose to always Allow a specific web address.

You can also block and allow individual sites from the Recent activity tab by blocking any of the websites your child has visited or allowing blocked websites.

Monitoring Your Child with Activity Reports

The Family Safety site isn’t just used to set restrictions for your child’s user account. One of the other major features that this hub provides is access to Activity Reports.

Here’s what you can expect from these reports:

Summary details. This section will provide you with summaries of your child’s web activity that you can glance through. You’ll be able to see the most popular websites and search terms in these reports.

Web activity. Here you can see a complete, in-depth look at your child’s activity on the Internet. This page will also show the sites that your child couldn’t view because they were blocked by your safety settings. If you used the broad rating filter for websites it is possible that Microsoft has blocked some sites that you are comfortable with and as such, you can dispute their rating and unblock them.

PC activity. Here you can see a breakdown as well as in-depth view of your child’s overall PC use. You can filter by date and look at all the apps and games that you child used and how much time they spent doing it.

Manage your kids' request

Over time, the settings you apply to your family's PC activities can evolve. For example, your child might want to download and play a new game everyone's talking about, do some Internet research for a school project, or get a little more PC time to finish a homework assignment. The children in your Microsoft family can send you email requests for new apps, games, or websites they want permission to use. You can always deal with those requests individually in your email, but you can also manage them all in one place at

Select Recent activity. Recent permission requests are organized according to category.

Next to each request, select the Allow button to approve the request, or the Decline button to block the request.

User Accounts and Passwords in Windows 10

Account management in Windows 10 is similar to Windows 8.1 due to the use of Microsoft accounts – an account type that saves user data to the cloud and allows you to use the Windows Store. While you can still set up and use local accounts, a Microsoft account offers a lot of benefits and features for no additional costs. In this guide, we’ll show you how to set up these accounts, how to administrate users on your PC and how to manage passwords.

The Benefits of Using a Microsoft Account

It is very easy and simple to create a Microsoft account and you’ll only need an email address and Internet access to do this. If you’ve ever filled an online form to register for a website or service, then the process should look very familiar.

But why should you go through the trouble of creating one? The biggest advantage is described perfectly by Microsoft’s own slogan “one email address to sign in everywhere”. If you have a Desktop PC, a laptop and perhaps a few computers at work that you use on a regular basis, then it must be tedious to remember your account credentials for each machine.

With a Microsoft account, you can gain access to all of these devices via a single email and password.

The second major advantage is Microsoft’s free cloud storage. You will be able to back-up all your important data and files and sync them between your devices. Thanks to cloud storage, you can always have access to your favorite photos, games, settings, music and contacts no matter which device you use.

Finally, the third major advantage is that a Microsoft account also provides you with access to other products and services. You can use the same account for Xbox, Hotmail, Outlook, OneDrive, Messenger, Skype and Windows Phone. A Microsoft account is mandatory for Cortana use. In fact, if you’ve used any of these services before then you already have a Microsoft account enabled. The email address and password that you use to log in to these services is what represents your Microsoft account.

Creating a Microsoft Account and Signing-In

If you don’t have a Microsoft account yet, then we’ll show you how create one. There are several methods to set-up your account. For example, you can register a Microsoft account online via their website and then connect to it later on your PC. You also had a chance to create a new Microsoft account when you installed Windows for the first time.

However, for the purposes of this guide we’ll show you a method which allows you to create a new account directly in Windows 10.

Follow these steps:

Open Settings and then click or tap on Accounts and then click or tap on Family and other users.

Under Other users, click or tap on Add someone else to this PC.

Since you don't have a Microsoft email, you can't enter one. On the bottom of the screen, you'll see “I don't have this person's sign-in information“.

Click or tap that and a form will open that will allow you to create a Microsoft account. It requires the standard information as does almost any other online register form.

Enter your information and desired email address and click or tap on Next.

Creating a Local Account in Windows 10

Local accounts lack many advantages and privileges of Microsoft accounts. However, they are still very useful for guest accounts and corporate use. To add a local account to your PC, do the following:

Open Settings and then select the option Accounts and then click or tap on Family and other users.

Click or tap on Add someone else to this PC.

On the bottom of the screen, you'll see “I don't have this person's sign-in information“. Click or tap that and a form will open and ask you to create a Microsoft account. At the bottom, you'll see “Add a user without a Microsoft account“.

You will have to type in a user name, a password and a password hint. You can leave the password and hint field blank. After you've done that, click or tap Next and you've set up a local account.

You can also create special accounts for children. These allow you to control (and limit) their access and privileges as well as to monitor some of their activity. You can read our full guide on monitoring children’s activity in Windows 10.

Recovering and Changing Your Password

The steps you need to take in order to recover or change your password depend on your account’s type. In the case you’ve forgotten your password for a local account, here are the steps you can take to recover your account:

If your PC is connected to a domain network, then you can ask the system administrator to reset the password for you.

When creating a password for the first time, you should make sure to leave a meaningful hint.

If you’ve created a password reset disk beforehand, then you can use it to reset your password.

Outside of these methods, there are no other ways to recover a local account’s password. If your local account was the only administrator on the PC then you’ll have to do a clean reinstall Windows 10.

However, if you have a Microsoft account then you can change and recover your password online. Use Microsoft’s password reset page to recover a lost password or to change your password immediately if you think someone else is using your account. You’ll be required to answer the security questions that you’ve set up previously and confirm that you are the owner of the account.

If you are using a, or email for your Microsoft account then changing the password for your account will also change the associated email password as the two accounts are connected.

If you just wish to change your password while you’re already logged-in as a user on your PC, you can perform the following steps:

Open Settings and then select the option Accounts and then select Sign-in options.

Click or tap on Change your account password and follow the instructions.

Options

Windows 10 allows users to sign into their devices in several ways when Windows 10 boots. You can also choose for it to require a sign-in after the device wakes up from sleep. To set up a sign-in option you need to click Start, then Settings and choose Accounts. Once there go to Sign-in options. There you will find:

Windows Hello

You need to set up a PIN code before you can use Windows Hello. Click the Add button under PIN to set that up. Once you've done that the options to set up Windows Hello will unlock.

Click on Set up under Windows Hello and go through the process. It is quite straightforward. Depending on your device capabilities you will be able to choose between Face, Fingerprint and Iris. If your device is not compatible with the service, you can get acquire a USB fingerprint reader or compatible external camera.

Managing Permissions for Windows Store Apps

The Windows Store provides access to thousands of application for your PC. All you need is a Microsoft account and Internet access and you can start downloading applications right away. In this guide, we’ll focus solely on how you can manage permissions that are given to Windows Store apps. However, we also have a full guide to the Windows Store if you want to learn more about it.

Viewing the Application’s Permissions

Every application is obligated to clearly state the permissions that it requires and why that is the case. Otherwise, an application will not be able to pass the review process and get on the storefront. Every app description in the Windows Store includes a full list of these permissions and here’s how you can check them out:

Open the Windows Store by clicking or tapping on the Store tile from the Start Screen.

Locate the application that you are interested in and click or tap to open its store page.

Scroll (or swipe) to the bottom of the page and locate the Additional information section. Here you will find the full list of permissions that the application requires. Just press More to view the full list.

When you download and install the application, you agree to give these permissions to the app.

Buying and Installing Apps for Your Kids

You can check our Family Safety guide for Windows 10 if you want to learn how to create and monitor a special account for your children. You can use it to limit their time on the computer, restrict games and applications as well as monitor their activity. It’s important that you know how to do these things if you’re planning on letting them buy apps from the Windows Store on their account.

Assuming you already have a child account setup, you can do the following:

Visit the new Purchase & spending page on the Microsoft Family Settings website to see what your kids are buying in Windows and Xbox stores. You'll also see how much money is in their Microsoft account, plus any credit cards or other payment options. You can remove payment options from their account, but not from your account:

Ask your child to sign in to

Go to Payment & billing, then select Payment options.

Select the payment option to remove, and then select Remove.

To give them a set amount of money, try giving them a digital Gift Card. You can also put a set amount of money in their Microsoft account:

Sign in to

Select Purchase & spending. You'll see how much money is in your child’s Microsoft account.

Select Add money to their account and follow the instructions on the screen.

When you come back to Purchase & spending, you’ll see the new amount added to their Microsoft account.

In order to buy applications for your child via the Windows Store without compromising your payment details, you can temporarily log in to their account and buy the application with your Microsoft account. The steps are very simple:

Using the child’s Microsoft account, log in on the PC.

On the Start screen, click or tap on the Store tile to open the Windows Store.

Click or tap on Account and then click or tap on the small round picture in the right upper corner that signifies the user that's logged in. Choose your account and click or tap on Sign out to sign out of your child’s PC account. After this click or tap the same icon, but this time choose to login with a Microsoft account and use your information.

Find the application you wish to purchase and click or tap on the Buy button.

Complete your purchase, then click or tap on Install to install the application to your child’s user account.

After this, just Sign out from the Windows Store. This way, your child will have access to the application that you’ve purchased, but they will be unable to use your Microsoft account in the future to purchase other apps from the Windows Store.

Privacy settings

Windows 8 introduced privacy settings and Windows 10 adds a lot more. In Windows 8.1, you could access the Privacy options from the PC settings, which contain five categories: General, Location, Webcam, Microphone, and Other devices. Windows 10 greatly increases the number of privacy options to twelve. To operate at its most basic level, Windows 10 collects and uses a limited set of data.

To make your device more personal and enjoyable to you, Microsoft gives you a choice to use additional features. These features are optional, and they work better if Windows 10 understands your interests and preferences. Information Microsoft collects is encrypted in transit to their servers, and then stored in secure facilities.

Customizing Privacy Settings

In the Privacy group, you’ll find the aforementioned twelve categories, the first of which are the General settings.

General settings are pretty similar to the those found in Windows 8.1, except the option to let apps access your name, pictures, and account information has been relocated to its own “Account Info” section.

If you choose to Manage my Microsoft advertising and other personalization info, you'll be taken to a website.

There you can turn On or Off Personalized ads in this browser if you want Microsoft to show ads that might be relevant to you in that particular browser, and Personalized ads wherever I use my Microsoft account to control the personalized ads setting that applies when you are signed in on any computer or device with your Microsoft account, including Windows, Windows phone, Xbox and other devices. If you want Microsoft to show ads that might be relevant to you, click On. To show generic ads, click Off. If you choose generic ads and use a browser, your choice applies to everyone when using that browser as long as you do not clear your cookies.

Location settings should be familiar to you. One of the most important aspects of any set of privacy options will be the location items, because those are going to tie you and your device to a place, revealing where you are and where you have been. Luckily, Windows 10 includes a better set of location-oriented privacy settings.

The first and most important difference between Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 is that in the latter, you can now disable location either globally, so it is disabled for all user accounts on that device, or individually, meaning each user can set their own location settings.

Open Settings and click or tap on Privacy. To turn off location just for that account, you can click the button under Location to Off.

However, if you want to turn off location for the entire device, you want to click the Change button, which will then open a new window so you can turn off the Location for this device.

If you decide to leave location on, then there are further options you need to check out. First of all, there’s your Location history. History is stored for a limited time for the need of certain apps and services that rely upon it.

To clear the history on your device, simply click the appropriate button.

Below the clear history option are the apps that actually poll your location when you use them. You simply need to go through and click Off or On any apps you want to disallow or grant (respectively) permission to access your location.

Then there’s a new Geofencing setting. Geofencing is the use of the Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite network and/or local radio-frequency identifiers (such as Wi-Fi nodes or Bluetooth beacons) to create virtual boundaries around a location. The geofence is then paired with a hardware/software application that responds to the boundary in some fashion as dictated by the parameters of the program.

In Windows 10, if you have an app that is using your location for geofencing, it will show up under the heading. You can then prevent apps from using your location for geofencing by turning them off.

Do you have a Camera on your device? If you’re concerned about apps using it, then you can shield your safety and turn it off completely.

Otherwise, you can choose which apps can use the camera, rather than it being an all-or-nothing kind of deal. That said, you only want to enable the apps you will actually use with the camera.

Your device might also have a Microphone, which certain apps (like Skype) can use. To prevent this, turn the microphone off.

Similar to the Camera privacy settings, you can decide which specific apps can use the microphone.

Windows will automatically “get to know you” by learning your voice and handwriting. It will also collect other information on you such as calendar events and typing history. It stores this information in the cloud so you can go from Windows 10 computer to Windows 10 computer and pick up where you left off with your Microsoft account.

Remember that setting that used to be in the General category in Windows 8.1? It’s been relocated to its own place, and just like items before it, you can completely disable Account info sharing with apps or again, you can go through and choose each app one by one.

You can also choose which apps can use your account info and decide if you want to allow access by turning it On or Off.

In Windows 10, there will be certain apps, which may want to access your Contacts. There’s no one control to completely disable this, so you’ll need to allow or disallow apps individually.

Windows 10 includes a Calendar, which can be accessed by other apps. Again, you can turn this all off universally, or one app at a time.

Call History was introduced with the Threshold 2 update. If you use any of your Windows 10 devices for calls, then other apps can access your call history.

Threshold 2 also introduced the Email setting. It allows apps access to your emails on all of your devices, and the ability to send them.

Messaging is another privacy setting. If you use your Windows 10 device to send or receive text messages, then other apps can read or send those messages. This might be your primary messaging app, or not. It’s best to run through those apps and decide which ones have access. Alternatively, you can just turn this all off.

Radios, which are usually something like Bluetooth, can send and receive data on your device. To do this, apps may need to automatically turn these radios on and off. You can disable this feature completely, or do it app by app.

Other Devices will let your apps automatically sync information with wireless devices that you haven’t paired with your device.

Below, there’s a section for trusted devices (devices you’ve already connected to your PC, tablet, or phone), and an option to prevent apps from using USB storage. Again, you can choose which apps can use USB storage, if any.

You can adjust when Windows asks for your feedback, and how much diagnostic and usage data it sends to Microsoft in the Feedback & diagnostics subheading.

Background apps - these are apps that run in the background and which receive information, remain up-to-date, send notifications, and other stuff, even when you’re not using those apps.

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