This is really a big question now that how we can stay anonymous while using Windows 10. Because compared with the previous Windows versions, Windows 10 comes equipped with enhanced security features for encryption and authentication. Windows 10 is also more robust against bootkits and rootkit attacks. To use the modern security features offered by Windows 10, your computer must have certain hardware components.

1Hardware components required to stay anonymous

  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0: This is used to store the cryptographic keys of BitLocker. This is a full disk encryption feature offered by some editions of Windows 10 (Windows 10 supports BitLocker on Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions).
  • Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI): This is the BIOS replacement used in modern certified Windows computers.
  • Fingerprint scanner: This enhances the traditional Windows authentication schema.

A retinal scanner and a 3D camera for facial recognition are highly recommended so you can activate the advanced biometric authentication scheme of the Windows 10 Hello feature. However, their existence in modern computers is still limited because they increase a computer’s price significantly. As we already said, Windows 10 enhances the regular Windows authentication by introducing a modern authentication mechanism called Hello.

This app allows a user to log in to a machine using a fingerprint, face, or even iris. User biometric data will not be stored anywhere online according to Microsoft for this feature to work. It is highly recommended not to use the Hello feature on the computer where you are going to conduct your OSINT search or using it for security purpose. It is always advisable to use the local Windows account when signing into Windows as no one can guarantee what might happen when you send your credentials or other sensitive information over an unsecured medium like the Internet.

Windows 10 comes equipped with many new features to personalize the user experience when using it. For instance, Cortana is a Windows digital assistance that allows a user to navigate Windows using voice commands; it also monitors user actions on Windows such as what the user types and searches for and personalizes future events according to this. To control Cortana’s collection and use of your data, check this page for more information, which contains instructions on how to disable it on different Windows devices. Several privacy configurations of Windows 10 are stored in one location. Windows 10 created a privacy dashboard that is accessed by pressing Windows key + i to access the Settings page and then selecting Privacy.

Everything in the Privacy dashboard is self-explanatory; it is advisable to disable everything you do not need and not to use the Microsoft Edge browser for conducting online searches. Skype, Dropbox, and Microsoft OneDrive are also not recommended for exchanging important files. This will also help you to stay anonymous while using Windows 10.

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