Turn off Windows 8's default sharing of your location, name, and web content usage

By default, Windows 8 lets apps use your name, location, and more. Head to the settings if you want to protect your privacy


If you don't change the default privacy settings, Windows 8 Store apps you download can tap into your personal information, including your location, name, and account picture. Windows Store will also gather the URLs of the web content you use within apps. If you're not crazy about this idea, head to the PC settings.

Hit the Windows key + I keyboard shortcut and then click "Change PC Settings."

Next, go to Privacy and toggle off all the personal data settings you don't want to share with apps or Microsoft.

Sometimes it's useful to have your location automatically shared (for example, if you use a weather or maps app), but you'll be able to customize those settings within the individual apps. You don't need to have these privacy settings turned on across the whole system, and I believe Microsoft should have turned them off by default.

Anyway, now you know where to adjust your Windows 8 privacy settings to your liking.

Join us:






Spotlight on ...
Online Training

    Upgrade your skills and earn higher pay

    Readers to share their best tips for maximizing training dollars and getting the most out self-directed learning. Here’s what they said.


    Learn more

Answers - Powered by ITworld

ITworld Answers helps you solve problems and share expertise. Ask a question or take a crack at answering the new questions below.

Ask a Question