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.
Contact Soltech IT today to speak with one of our Microsoft Windows 10 migration specialists.
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The Minister of State for Digital Matt Hancock said: “Our Cyber Schools programme aims to inspire the talent of tomorrow and give thousands of the brightest young minds the chance to learn cutting-edge cyber security skills alongside their secondary school studies. I encourage all those with the aptitude, enthusiasm and passion for a cyber security career to register for what will be a challenging and rewarding scheme.”
From those who register their interest, students (aged between 14-18) will be selected for the programme via a pre-entry assessment. Teachers and industry experts are also being encouraged to get involved and register their interest in working with the programme.
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"We have learnt that when children suffer from long-term illness, their corresponding isolation from friends makes it harder for them to recover and to come back to school when they feel better. We are also aware that developing speech and social skills is just as important as following the curriculum. When they are not a part of the social scene, children miss out on important learning through play and interaction.At No Isolation, the purpose of our technology is to help people alleviate the feeling of loneliness. We want to develop tools for the groups that need more than generic solutions. AV1 helps children with long-term illness to stay in touch with their friends, keep up with their education, and secure that crucial link to everyday life."
This fantastic concept's primary goal is to reduce loneliness amongst children suffering from long term health issues, however, the idea can only be a positive for their education and social skills. The AV-1 robot, which is controlled by the child through an app, allows the child to join in from a hospital bed or sofa at home. The robot acts as the 'eyes, ears and voice' of the child, with a blinking light ti signal when they want to say something and the ability to turn 360' to see and speak to the whole class.
For more information check out the No Isolation website.