Tuesday 16 May 2023

The 10 best free apps to protect your privacy


Microsoft has introduced several new "diagnostic" features with Windows 10 and 11. These services help Microsoft collect usage data and thus provide better service.

However, collecting and sharing your data with one of the world's leading technology companies may put your privacy at risk. There are services that are able to record your keyboard input, your speech and any other user actions. 

Others share WiFi credentials with your contact or connect you to networks shared by your contacts. For this purpose we have selected the 10 best free apps through which you can manage and block services you don't want.



A small but powerful portable tool that runs through the Windows API. WPD is probably the most convenient and convenient way to adjust the settings related to the protection of your personal data in Windows. Adjust the group policy, services, tasks, and other settings that are responsible for collecting and transmitting data. It also includes IP telemetry blocking and lets you remove pre-installed programs from the Microsoft Store or any other application.

O&O ShutUp10


With ShutUp10, you'll be in full control of the features you want to use and decide about your data transmission in Windows 10. 

Using a very simple menu you can decide how Windows 10 will handle your privacy by deciding which unwanted features should be disabled. This is a new, completely free program that does not need to be installed and can simply run directly on your computer. 

If you are an advanced user you can customize it as you wish, however my opinion is that simply enabling the app's default settings is enough. So after running the program, select from the Action application menu and then click on Apply only recommended settings. 

The program will ask you to restart, from then on when you go back to windows and open the application you will see that the settings you selected have been activated.



It is the right tool to protect your privacy on your Windows PC. The flexible user interface lets you manage how Windows 10 and 11 respects their privacy. DoNotSpy10 gives you the opportunity to easily manage what you want to share and what you don't. 

While many of the settings represent what you can configure using Settings and various other apps, there are also tweaks that aren't easily accessible through the apps that Windows provides.

Privacy Repairer


Privacy Repairer is a tool for Windows 10 designed to protect your privacy. It comes with nearly 60 options designed to carefully modify your system in a way that is more beneficial to your privacy. 

No need to worry about complex and excessive settings as each option comes with a simple toggle button and detailed information is available for each option. 

Professionals may appreciate the advanced options that greatly improve your privacy, but may also reduce your security. 

For example, turning off ΄΄SmartScreen΄΄ will stop leaking information about the software you're running, but may open the ΄΄door΄΄ to some malware as your downloads won't be checked against a reputation service on Internet. But most importantly, all changes you make are always safely reversible.



The default, highly questionable privacy and data protection options in Windows 10 gave me the idea for the developer to make this program. 

Microsoft generously allows everyone to change the relevant settings, but hides them in countless menus, where a normal user does not want to look! Therefore, the program should be a help, to show the available settings relatively clearly and to set the desired options if necessary. 

The main focus of the application is on settings for Windows 10 and 11 and its applications (for example the new "Edge" browser). The program will be gradually expanded, if possible and available, with the corresponding features of Windows 8.1 in the future. 

W10Privacy is certainly not a programming masterpiece, but it serves its intended purpose.



Portable utility that helps you restore your personal data and increase your security. Optimizer is highly recommended after a fresh clean install of Windows to achieve maximum privacy and security. 

Depending on the version of Windows you have, the Optimizer will also allow you to perform some specific tweaks such as speeding up your system and network performance, disabling unnecessary Windows services, disabling Windows telemetry, disabling Office telemetry (only works with 2016), disable Cortana, Windows 10 and 11 automatic updates, uninstall UWP apps and fix registry issues, remove unwanted programs that run at startup, change the Microsoft Edge download folder and add items to the desktop right-click menu.

Spybot Anti-Beacon


The privacy and security of our computer is very important. Spybot Anti-Beacon is a great software that protects your computer from tracking programs and helps you stop sending your data to third parties. 

It is designed to block the tracking (telemetry) systems present in Windows 10 and 11. It is simple to use and in its basic version is provided for free. However, the paid version includes more features. 

To activate it we click on the Anti-Beacon button on the main screen of the application and all Windows tracking functions will be disabled immediately.

Spybot Identity Monitor


You've probably signed up to dozens of websites, giving them your email address, and possibly other personal data, such as dates of birth, addresses, and passwords.

However, from time to time as it is known, there have been breaches by hackers and eavesdropping of the database on some of them. Spybot Identity Monitor is a very simple-to-use tool that allows you to check if your information is already in the hands of hackers.

In the event that Spybot Identity Monitor informs you that one or more services have leaked your data, you should change your password on that service, however, you should also change your password on all other services you have subscribed to if you have used the same code.



Privatezilla is probably the simplest way to perform a quick privacy - security check in Windows 10. It integrates the most important Windows 10 privacy settings and allows you to quickly perform a privacy check against those settings. 

It allows you to optimize many Windows settings and configure your privacy, without navigating through a hundred different menus. Active settings are marked with the status "Configured" and indicate that your privacy is protected.

Inactive ones are declared as "no configuration". All available settings can be toggled on and off. It will run on Windows 10 and 11 32-bit and 64-bit.

AntiSpy for Windows 10


Windows 10 offers many features like your personal assistant Cortana, which can make your daily life easier. To make this possible, Windows 10 has to collect a huge amount of data. They also analyze user profiles to show ads similar to users' interests as Microsoft mentions. 

So by default, Windows 10 is set to collect data from all Windows 10 users if they of course allow it. However, through this app, you decide what Windows 10 needs to know about you by configuring security settings, protecting your privacy, and preventing them from sending diagnostics and usage data.
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