Technical Director, Adam Lane takes us through six key configuration steps.
1. Consider choosing the custom installation method during setup
The Express Settings, easy to use wizard may look tempting as it configures Windows 10 to share speech, keystrokes, contacts and your calendar. As well as this it will also share location data and create an advertising ID to Microsoft and it's partners. Choosing the Custom settings, the user can define what data is shared..
2. Consider the privacy implications of using Cortana
Cortana is Windows 10 personal assistant, she uses machine-learning techniques to improve the way she serves you, however this technology delves deep into your private information to do so. If you want a digital your emails, contacts and other data to remain private, turn Cortana off when the installation is complete.
3. Adjust the Diagnostic reporting tools to your preferences
When Windows 10 crashes it sends reports to Microsoft and other vendors. These reports contain memory dumps that could also reference personal data. It is not possible to completely stop Windows 10 from sending diagnostic information, however settings can be adjusted to ensure only basic information is sent, which in turn minimises the amount of data sent.
4. Create and use a Local Account
As Windows 10 is cloud-oriented, which means users are prompted to sign in with a Microsoft account. When you use a Microsoft account some of your profile data will be synchronised with Microsoft cloud. Alternatively, when configuring Windows 10, you can always start with a Local Account.
How do you do this? Well, at the point where you are prompted to create a Microsoft account, unplug the internet cable or turn off your Wi-Fi and click the Next button. Here you will be able to create a local account.
5. Make sure you protect your account information
Windows 10 allows third party applications share some of your private data. Items, such as, an account picture, user name and other sensitive account information. Should you feel uncomfortable with this , you can always turn the setting off via Start -> Settings -> Privacy -> Account Info.
6. Tweaking the Windows 10 update system
With Windows 10, once an update has been installed, it will ‘seed’ the update (in other words share the update) with other computers, both inside or outside of your network. Microsoft created this feature to keep the server strain low, however it could cost you a lot of money if you are using a 3G/4G modem or a fixed bandwidth broadband service. You can always amend this option to ensure update seeding is only carried out on a local network.
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By wearing a poppy, you aren’t just remembering the fallen: you’re supporting a new generation of veterans and Service personnel that need our support."Founding Director Richard Sheppard commented, "The 11th November is a day close to all our hearts and we are proud to support The Poppy Appeal and remember those who have served our country, and those who have lost their lives."
As an accredited Living Wage employer, we are thrilled to welcomes the increase in UK and London rates announced by the Living Wage Foundation as part of Living Wage Week (November 5th-11th 2017).
The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.
Katherine Chapman, Director of the Living Wage Foundation said:
Greggs plc took up the charge and established the first ‘Greggs’ breakfast club. The Greggs Foundation now oversees over 430 clubs, providing a nutritious breakfast to over 26,000 school children each day, over 5 million each year!!!
The Greggs Foundation receives funding from a range of partners, often private sector companies including their major partner, Greggs plc.
Greggs Foundation uses the money to support breakfast clubs through an initial start up grant for equipment such as chest freezers to store food items or toys and activities for the club. They also make a payment each term towards other food items and Greggs plc donates bread from the nearest shop.
This approach tends to be very well received by our breakfast club schools, many of whom have worked in partnership with Greggs for over fifteen years. Schools tell us that they like the flexibility of the model, allowing them to tailor their club to suit the needs of the children that attend.The average club costs just £2,000 to set up and run for a year.