Windows 10: How to prevent Microsoft from spying on you

The following is a guide on how to prevent Microsoft’s Cortana feature from spying on you. The operating system used is Windows 10. To access the privacy settings you will need to click on the Start Menu and click on Settings. Next, click on the “Privacy” tile to access the privacy settings.
Windows 10 privacy
The default screen for the Privacy settings is shown above. You can go ahead and turn off the ability for apps to use your advertising ID across different apps. The SmartScreen Filter is optional if you want to turn it off. If you turned off the ability to send Microsoft your speech, inking, & typing this may already be off, if not than make sure it is off. The last one the ability to share with websites your language list is optional.
Windows 10 privacy settings
Cortana requires the ability to share your location with Microsoft for the service to be working properly. Make sure the location for the device is shown as off. If it is on than Microsoft will know where you are at all times. Make sure to clear your location history on the device you are using by using the button provided. Going further down the location privacy setting screen, if you already disabled the ability to share your location with Microsoft than the list of apps listed should all show as “off” if not than make sure whatever is on is selected to off. At the button there is a future called geofencing. If it is enabled for any reason. Make sure it is off.
Windows 10 privacy location
The above screen shows a list of apps that can use your location.Windows 10 location privacy
More apps that may request permission to use know your location to function properly. Geofencing is also shown at the bottom. Geofencing is like what it sounds like. When you use your device near a specific location an app may be given that information.
Windows 10 web - camera privacy settings
The “let apps use my camera” setting is optional and you can choose what you want. Make sure Microsoft Edge,App connector, and OneNote does not have access to your camera.
Windows 10 - microphone privacy settings
Microsoft’s Cortana feature requires the Microphone to be activated to function properly. For “let aps use my microphone” is optional and can be decided by you. Make sure Microsoft Edge does not have access to your microphone. If you plan to use Windows Voice Recorder you must let the app access to your microphone. If you do not plan to use Windows Voice Recorder you can turn off the microphone. If you plan to use Xbox gaming features than access to the microphone will be optional if you plan to communicate with your friends. If you have no plans to communicate with your friends via Xbox when playing than access to the microphone is not needed.
Windows 10 - speech, inking, typing privacy settings
The “Get to know you” feature must be off if you do not want Cortana. If you plan to use Cortana than this feature is required for it to work. If you have no plans to use Cortana than you can make sure this feature is not activated.
Windows 10 - privacy account info
The “let apps access my name, picture, and other account info” feature is optional. If you want to grant apps permission to use your name, picture, and other account info than you can turn it on. If you do not want every app you download to be accessing your personal information than you turn this off. If you have different apps listed below that main option. You can choose to disable them selectivity.
Windows 10 - contact sharing privacy
The “Choose apps that can access contacts” screen shows what apps that can access your contact info. Make sure the app connector is off. You may want your mail & calendar app to have access to your contacts. If you plan to use a different mail/calendar app than you can turn the default “Mail and Calendar” app off. The Windows Shell Experience can be turned off.
Windows 10 - calendaring sharing privacy settings
If you plan to use the default Calendar app, on this screen you can turn off the ability for other apps to access your calendar information. If you don’t plan on using the default Calendar app than you can turn it off. You can also make sure the app connector does not have access to your calendar information.
Windows 10 - messaging privacy settings
On the Messaging screen you can decide to permit other apps to send text or SMS messages. This is more a cellphone/tablet feature but you can turn it off.
Windows 10 - radio privacy settings
If you plan to use apps that can turn off the Bluetooth than on this screen you can decide if apps in general can turn on/off your Bluetooth or only select apps have the permission to. Windows 10 - other devices privacy settings
On the Other Devices screen you can choose how other devices interact with your computer’s apps. You can choose to allow other apps to sync with your device or to not allow them to sync at all. Windows 10 - feedback
On the Feedback screen you can choose the level of information you want to share with Microsoft. You can whether Windows can ask for your feedback or to never to. You can also choose how much device data you send to Microsoft. The lowest level you can choose is Basic.
Windows 10 - background apps privacy settings
On the Background apps screen you can choose which apps are permitted to run in the background. The apps that are permitted to run in the background can receive info and send notifications even when you are not using the app.
Windows 10 - background apps settings
The default apps listed include Alarms & Clock, Calendar, Groove Music, Maps, Microsoft Edge, OneNote, People, Phone Companion, Photos, Store, Voice Recorder & Xbox.