Security Improvement to Windows

8/12/2020

Security Improvement to Windows

Data logging is a severe privacy issue, not only can it be used to compromise your system’s security, but it can also be used to mitigate problems and find solutions. This post will show you how to disable logging and tracking.

Disable Logs

By default, Windows has a huge number of log files, constantly writing data.

Two ways to stop some of this churning:

Stop logging “Audit Success” in Windows Filtering Platform (WFP), log only “Audit Failure”

  • Open the CMD prompt as Administrator: Press Windows, type cmd, press Ctrl+Shift+Enter and confirm.
  • Type (or copy/paste) the following and press Enter: auditpol /set /subcategory:"Filtering Platform Connection" /success:disable /failure:enable

Disable individual logs

  • Open the Windows Event Viewer: press WindowsR, type eventvwr.msc and press Enter.
  • Scroll down to Application and Service Logs, Microsoft, Windows, WFP.
  • Right-click on a log process and select Disable Log.

“netsh wfp set options netevents = off” this works for wfpdiag.etl

Method 2: Disable data logging through Windows 10 Settings

If you did not pay heed to the privacy settings during your Windows 10 installation, don’t worry, the ship hasn’t sailed for you yet. Windows 10 settings allow you to disable various privacy options that might be logging your data any time you want.

1. Go to “Settings” in Start menu.

Windows 10 settings

2. Click the “Privacy” option.

Windows 10 Privacy settings

3. Here you can switch off the various privacy options that send data to Microsoft. You can turn off your advertising id, sending of data to Microsoft on your typing/keylogging, websites accessing your data, apps accessing your data, location and more. You can keep some settings turned on if you feel that’s okay with you.

Windows 10 privacy options

4. Also, go to the “Feedback & Diagnostics” tab and set “Feedback frequency” as “Never“. Also change the “Send your device data to Microsoft” to “Basic“.

Windows 10 feedback settings

You can also turn off Microsoft’s automatic Windows 10 updates in the Settings, if you are concerned about new Microsoft updates that would change your settings.

1. Go to “Update & Security” in “Settings“.

Windows 10 update settings

2. In the “Windows Update” option, click “Advanced Options“.

Windows 10 update advanced options

3. Then, click “Choose how updates are delivered“.

Windows 10 turn off updates

4. Turn off updates.

Windows 10 updates turn off

If you do not want Cortana to use your info, you can turn Cortana off altogether and you can even turn off web search in the search box. Turning off both Cortana and web search will result in the Search box being available only for searching your PC files and settings.

1. Go to the “Speech, inking, & typing” in the “Privacy” settings.

2. Click “Stop get to know me” to clear all your info that Cortana has accumulated on the device.

Windows 10 stop getting to know me

3. To turn off Cortana and web search, go to Cortana and click the hamburger menu on the top left and click “Notebook“.

4. Then, click “Settings“.

5. Turn off Cortana. When you turn off Cortana, there will be an option to turn off “Search online and include web results“.

Windows 10 Cortana Off

6. Some information from Cortana is also saved in the cloud. To clear that, click “Manage what Cortana knows about me in the cloud“.

Windows 10 Cortana Cloud data

7. The “Bing-Personalization” webpage will open and you will find a “clear” button at the bottom. Click the “clear” button to clear all the data in the cloud.

Cortana cloud data clear

Disable data logging in Microsoft Edge

Along with the various Windows settings, Microsoft Edge also works as a data hog for Microsoft due to its various features. You can disable data logging in Edge by the following steps:

1. Open Edge and click the three-dot menu on the top right and go to “Settings”.

Microsoft Edge settings

2. Scroll down and click “View advanced settings“.

Microsoft Edge advanced settings

3. In advanced settings, under the “Privacy and services” header, you can turn off features like “show search suggestions as I type“, which records your keystrokes, “page prediction“, “SmartScreen“.

Microsoft Edge Privacy settings

If you don’t use Edge, then there’s nothing to worry about. Even Chrome is a data hog, so you can use various other alternatives.

Disabling Location Tracking in Windows 10

The best thing about Windows 10 is the option that it lets you disable location tracking for each account individually or globally with just one click.

If you want to disable location tracking for just one account on a device then head over to Settings > Privacy > Location and now just click the button under “Location” and change it to off. This is the way of disabling the Location tracking for a single account.

Turn-off-location

If you want to turn off location tracking for the whole device and all the accounts associated with that specific device then just click the “Change” button on top and turn off location tracking for the whole device. This will ensure that all accounts associated with the device will have their location tracking disabled.

location-device

If you want to get rid of all the location history that has already been saved on your device then just scroll down a little on the same page and click the “Clear” button to get rid of all the location data that has been saved already on your device.

clear-history

Disable Windows 10 Tracking Entirely

donotspy10

If location tracking is not your only concern and you want to go one step further in disabling tracking then you will need some help from a third-party software like DoNotSpy10. You can download DoNotSpy10 for free or you can donate a small amount for an ad-free experience. This is not your average software instead it goes extra mile to make sure that not a little thing that you do on your Windows 10 device get tracked at all. If you’re paranoid about the tracking features on your Windows 10 device then this is the perfect solution for you because it disables almost everything that tracks anything on your Windows 10 device. From simple typing related tracking to location tracking, everything can be disabled directly from DoNotSpy10 software without you having to do anything else at all.

DIsable EventLog Service

From a administrative command prompt run

sc config eventlog start= disabled

Result

C:\WINDOWS\system32>sc config eventlog start= disabled
[SC] ChangeServiceConfig SUCCESS

Disable Individual Logs

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\WMI\Autologger\

Change DWORD start from 1 to 0

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