Monthly Archives: November 2015

Spybot Anti-Beacon – Turn Off Windows Tracking

Tracking / telemetry features in software is rather controversial.  Often split between two groups.

Group A will want the features that go along with the tracking, for example: having Google Now tell you when a package is scheduled to arrive just because you got an email about it.

Image from EFF

Image from EFF

Group B will be on the side of privacy for the sake of privacy.  They fear that all of these features are putting in place an infrastructure to be taken advantage of by bad actors, such as the implementers of the features themselves or even someone like the NSA.

I typically find myself in one camp for certain issues, and the other for well… others.

In Windows 10, I don’t use any of these features, such as Cortana.  So I’m perfectly happy to disable any kind of information sharing my computer and Microsoft are making use of.

Spybot Anti-Beacon

If you are like me and want to disable as much of the windows 10 tracking as you can, I recommend you check out Spybot Anti-Beacon.  It’s a tool that helps you disable the tracking features.

It also works for Windows versions going back to 7.

Description from their site:

Spybot Anti-Beacon is a standalone tool which was designed to block and stop the various tracking (telemetry) issues present in Windows 10. It has since been modified to block similar tracking functionality in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems.

Check it out, it’s neat.