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Privacy Repairer 1.5.0.0

Manage Windows 10 privacy settings

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 10
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Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 16 May 2017
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Privacy Repairer
Manage Windows 10 privacy settings

Privacy Repairer is a portable free tool for viewing and managing Windows 10 telemetry and privacy settings.

The program organises its settings into multiple categories, listing them on a sidebar: "Telemetry and Diagnostics", "System", "Windows Defender", "Windows Store Apps", "Cortana and Start Menu", "Lock Screen", "Edge and Internet Explorer", "Windows Media Player", Visual Studio".

Clicking any of these categories displays its settings in a single scrollable list. There's a description of each item, its current On/ Off setting, and a recommendation (disable it, experts only, and so on).

Similar tools often leave you wondering what a setting does, but Privacy Repairer makes huge efforts to ensure you know. Most items have lengthy descriptions, like "Do not automatically share handwriting personalisation samples with Microsoft (current user)". That tells you a great deal, but tapping an arrow to the right gives you even more: an extended paragraph with further details, an indicator of where in Control Panel you can find the handwriting recognition tool, even the equivalent Group Policy setting.

If you're in a hurry you can enable all Privacy Repairer's settings with a click from the "About" box (not the most intuitive of locations). We wouldn't recommend this - telling any program to toggle its choice of 30 or 40 system settings makes us uncomfortable - but there are options to create a system restore point, or back up your current settings to restore them later.

Alternatively, you can browse and change settings individually over time. That takes much longer, but it's also far safer, and if there are issues you're more likely to detect and be able to fix them.

Verdict:

Privacy Repairer is a good-looking and professional Windows 10 privacy manager. It gives you far more information about individual options than similar programs, and has a couple of backup and restore methods to protect you from disaster.

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WhatsApp Messenger 2.17.51

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WhatsApp Messenger is the world's most popular instant messaging app for smartphones.

You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

It's easy to set up and use. There's no need to create and remember new account names or pins because it works with your phone number, and uses your regular address book to find and connect you with friends who use WhatsApp already.

You can talk one-to-one or in group chats, and because you're always logged in there's no way to miss messages. Even if your phone is turned off, WhatsApp will save your messages and display them as soon as you're back online.

There's plenty more (location sharing, contact exchange, message broadcasting) and the app is free for a year, currently $0.99/ year afterwards.

What's New in Version 2.17.51

• When typing text in a chat, you can tap and hold to select the text and easily bold, strikethroughor italacize it.

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