O&O ShutUp10 reduces Windows 10 spying

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O&O ShutUp10 is one of many utilities out there to help people quickly toggle off some concerning privacy and data options in Windows 10. This one in particular gets my vote because it’s always being updated and is simple to use.

Background Info on O&O ShutUp10

The freeware is developed by O&O Software GmbH, which was first established in 1997. The O&O comes from the two founders, both having names that start with O (Oliver Falkenthal and Olaf Kehrer).

There was quite a stir when Windows 10 first released with its forced automatic updates and lack of privacy control built-in. Shutup10’s initial release was just one month after Windows 10 launched in July 2015, so it’s been around since the beginning and continues to receive updates to react to the privacy and data changes Microsoft makes to its operating system.

How Shutup10 works

To use O&O ShutUp10, it’s really simple. After you download it, just run it. There is no installation needed. Upon opening it for the first time, it will warn you to create a restore point before making any changes to the system.

After that, you can scroll and see the different categories of things you can turn off. For example, if you don’t want anything you type or handwriting data being sent to Microsoft, you can find the option to disable it under Privacy.

The interface for O&O ShutUp10

There are countless other entries relating to data being sent to Microsoft, such as user activity or what apps you open. If the idea of what you do on your PC being recorded and sent to Microsoft concerns you, then you can at least do something about it by toggling off some of the options in the list.

Too Long, Didn’t Read

At one point, I did read the whole list, but I forgot it after the first time I used it. I’m busy and so are you, so why not just trust the devs and make it a one-click easy option? Well, they have.

There are three kinds of statuses next to each entry on the list if they are recommended to change. Yes, limited, and no. These are part of the scale for if something is safe to turn off or not. If you want to make Windows 10 more private but not risk breaking anything, click the Action button and select “Apply only recommended settings” which will toggle off all the safe options for you at one time.

Recommended settings in ShutUp10

Shutup10 will ask you to restart to be able to apply all the settings completely.

When I was checking the new Microsoft Edge browser based on Chromium, I was happy to see some of the telemetry options were already disabled because it adopted the privacy options in Windows, which were already locked down thanks to Shutup10.

One thoughtful extra feature

People don’t always have the same kind of vision, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that O&O Shutup10 features an option for those with color vision deficiencies (color blind).

Accessibility features in ShutUp10

By clicking View>Use blue/gray buttons, it will make the toggleable buttons in the list much easier to discern if they are currently on or off.

Screenshot of the blue/gray buttons

Final Thoughts on O&O Shutup10

The Shutup10 tool is extremely useful for anyone running Windows 10. For anyone concerned with privacy or their data, I highly recommend running this tool regularly because some options get turned back on when Microsoft releases system updates.

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