Fix privacy concerns with Privacy Protector for Windows 10 [Windows]

Privacy Protector Windows 10 screenshot aSince its official release, the number of Windows 10 users have steadily increased. Overall, it’s a very solid operating system. Its new features focuses more on personalization and user experience. It has also added new security features to address growing concerns related to user security and online privacy. Nonetheless, there’s no denying that in order to deliver highly personalized results, it also needs to collect a massive amount of user information. The thought of it alone can be quite alarming and questions our notion of complete user anonymity. This is exactly what Privacy Protector for Windows 10 is trying to address.

What Is It and What Does It Do

Main Functionality

SoftOrbits’ Privacy Protector for Windows 10 is an all-in-one tool that is designed to help solve your Windows 10 privacy and security issues. It acts like your shield against potential security and privacy threats that is not usually exposed to common users. It helps prevent Windows 10 from collecting and sending data to Microsoft servers which includes your complete web browsing history, geolocation, Wi-Fi access points, web site log ins and passwords, list of installed apps and many more.

Pros

  • User-friendly interface
  • Includes option to completely uninstall/remove Metro apps like Bing, Groove Music, Xbox, People, OneNote, 3D Builder, Mail, Calendar, Maps, etc.
  • Can be configured in such a way that user is allowed to create a system restore point
  • Suggests “Recommended” settings for a quick fix of common privacy issues
  • Disables Windows Update
  • Offers vast features and options when it comes to user privacy and security including the ones listed below:
    • Delete key logger and telemetry
    • Disable spying tasks
    • Block spy domains in Windows Firewall
    • Deny access to Contacts, Calendar, Camera, Location, Sensors, Messages, Handwriting, etc.
    • Disables Cortana
    • Disables Windows Defender
    • Disables Bing Search
    • Disables Wi-Fi Sense
    • Disables Password Reveal
    • Disables biometrics and lockscreen camera
    • Disables automatic driver update
    • Disables app notifications
    • Disables MS Office 16 update
    • Disables One Drive files sync
    • Deletes One Drive
  • Includes support for Windows 10 Threshold 2 Update and the new DiagTrack service factoring in the TH2 update
  • Non-obtrusive and helps users feel more at ease when it comes to data security and privacy

Cons

  • Nothing worthy to mention

Discussion

Privacy Protector Windows 10 screenshot bWindows 10 undoubtedly has better and more modern features compared to its predecessors. The thing is it can come out as complicated especially when it comes to enabling/disabling some of its built-in features, security settings and privacy options. For regular users, it would be much better to have an all-in-one tool that handles all the complex stuffs.

Now, here comes Privacy Protector for Windows 10. It’s a very handy tool with simplified options that aims to help users fix most of their Windows 10 privacy and security concerns.

So what exactly does Privacy Protector for Windows 10 do in order for you to feel at ease that your privacy will not be breached? Well, aside from the fact that it lets you disable the built-in Windows Metro apps like One Drive, People and OneNote the easy way, it also provides various options that lets you prevent your computer from collecting and sending massive user data to Microsoft servers. All of these can be done in just a few clicks. Specifically, you just select the Windows 10 feature that raises privacy concern and Privacy Protector does the rest. As a matter of fact, you can configure the tool to select and disable or delete multiple features and options at once. It really helps save time and provides less hassle compared to turning each feature off – the “old school” style. It also features “recommended” settings where it has automatically selected the options that commonly raises privacy concerns.

SoftOrbits_Privacy Protector Win 10As noted above, this tool deletes or disables Telemetry, a built-in feature that automatically uploads data to help improve user experience. It also lets users disable Cortana, Microsoft’s intelligent personal assistant. In addition, it also stops, blocks or remove over 37 tracking services provided by the seemingly harmless Windows services like Media Center, Disk Diagnostic and Windows Search. It also blocks more than 60 Microsoft IP addresses that are engaged in tracking of user activity tracking on a host level. Not only that, it also lets you create a system restore point without the need to download and install an additional software.

To sum it up, Privacy Protector for Windows 10 does what it is supposed to do. It allows users to easily turn off built-in features in Windows 10 that raises privacy concerns. It is a very efficient tool that helps protect one’s privacy despite the ever-growing complexities of the modern world. It is suitable for users of all levels regardless if you’re a Windows OS novice or advanced user.

As a paid software, you can get Privacy Protector for Windows 10 in three different license packages – Personal, Home and Business. Its price ranges from $39.99 to $99.99. Not a bad price compared to other Windows 10 Privacy Protectors in the market. It has a free trial version but with limitations such as not being able to apply any privacy fix.

Conclusion and Download Link

Privacy Protector for Windows 10’s main purpose is to stop your computer from collecting and sending sensitive data to Microsoft servers. It does this by disabling several built-in features and apps that raises privacy concerns. Even so, it does not guarantee that your data will be 100% safe and private knowing that there are a lot of other ways to collect and steal private information from unsuspecting users. This particular tool merely serves as additional line of defense. As always, it helps to be extra vigilant and do not just recklessly click “Accept” or “Agree” on whatever it is that pops up on your computer screen. It is worth getting but don’t expect that it’ll give you full invincibility when it comes to issues related to data security and user privacy.

Price: Paid – Starts at $39.99

Version reviewed: 1.4

Supported OS: Windows 7, 8  and 10 (32-bit and 64-bit)

Download size: 4.03MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/54

Is it portable? No

Privacy Protector for Windows 10 homepage

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  • Ordeith

    Call it an idiot tax.

  • winterwarm

    I found it reset any items I had turned off under the Windows > Settings > Privacy menu, such as dont use my advertising ID. At first I thought these being reset was due to windows updates, but I did some experimentation and no, it was Privacy protector.

    I prefer Safer-Networks Spybot Monitor (which is free), though Privacy protector does offer some additional tasks over this, such as disabling Cortana (which I found slowed my machine to a snails pace as shes a real processor hog) so I’d recommend using Privacy protector first, rechecking your manually set settings in Windows > Setting menu, then running Spybot, which will enable you to see if Privacy Protector worked (as Privacy Protector does not have any indicators showing that it has fixed the issues), and running immunize in Spybot too as it has additional protection not covered by Privacy Protector.

    Not sure Privacy Protector is worth $40 though in its present form. Its got potential, but currently its not worth that price.

  • Mabutu

    $40. Give me a break! This should be free with option for donation if you really must.

  • bjrichus

    Hmmmm…. $40 and up for something that automates what so many free guides have shown us what to do by going into the various settings options – or did I miss something worth spending that much?