Windows 10 security modifications revisited

Last year, I told you to be careful if you upgraded to Windows 10 as far as HIPAA goes.  Recently, I’ve had a few users who purchased new computers that came with Windows 10, and they forgot about the needed modifications.  For that reason, I decided to dedicate this blog to reminding everyone.

Andrew Clarke

Microsoft is not furnishing concrete information on the HIPAA compliance aspects of Windows 10.  At the same time, they are pushing upgrading at us harder than ever.  Based on my research, there are no compelling reasons to upgrade if you are running Windows 7.  You should, however, be able to work more efficiently in Windows 10 if you’re currently running Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.  That being said, I am not recommending Windows 10 if you are happy with your current operating system, and you need to make sure all your programs are compatible if you decide to upgrade.

In order to protect your private data as much as possible, the following modifications need to be made:

Click Start | Settings

Click Privacy

Under General, turn off Let apps use my advertising ID and Send Microsoft info about how I write.

Under Speech, inking, & typing, click Stop getting to know me.

Click Turn off.

Click Start | Settings

Click Network & Internet

Click Manage Wi-Fi settings

Turn off Connect to suggested open hotspots and Connect to networks shared by my contacts.

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