Saturday, 8 August 2015

Windows 10 privacy

Here are some privacy adjustments I made before connecting to the internet and having Microsoft spy on me too much!

I will list the options as they appear in the settings and menus, so you can follow along with another device.

After downloading/installing (this takes ages) choosing location/keyboard layout, you will get to the internet settings screen, don’t connect yet, choose the option to skip.

Select custom settings - (don’t choose express settings.)

Browser and protection screen - switch everything to off.

Personalization screen - switch everything to off.

Make it yours screen - skip this step.

Now Windows will load into the desktop environment, once Windows 10 is loaded, go to Settings - Privacy and disable everything.

General settings - switch all to off.

location - off.

Speech, inking and typing – Turn off Cortana.

Feedback to Microsoft - never in the first box, basic in the second box.

Windows update - automatic update, then open advanced settings - how updates are delivered - switch off update from more than one place.

Windows defender - real time protection - on. cloud based protection - off. sample submission - off.

Network and internet – Wi-Fi – Manage Wi-Fi – Wi-Fi sense – both off.

Then go to the search bar and type in cortana, in cortana settings disable it by switch both options to off.

You can connect to the internet now.

Open your browser - in the Edge browser go to settings - advanced settings – switch on do not track, and block third party cookies.

If you are signed in with your Microsoft account, Microsoft will store your information, passwords, Wi-Fi password etc, if your not happy with this, sign in with a local account (just a user-name) not linked to an email account.


Sunday, 5 July 2015

Family Friendly

Open DNS family friendly works by replacing you Internet service provider's domain name system (DNS) servers.

You can either change the DNS in your router settings, so all devices that connect to it automatically use open DNS, blocking adult, phishing and anonymity websites.

Or change to open DNS in one or more devices directly, so you will be blocking adult websites with only the the device/s you chose to use it on.

This will not stop all unwanted content or viruses, but will block all known websites that have adult or unsuitable content. So please be careful what you click on, and email attachments that you open. 

Router settings:
Log onto you router by entering into your search tool-bar, then enter your admin user name and password, usually admin, admin or admin, password. Then go to DNS settings, usually under advanced or dynamic DNS settings, then replace the primary and secondary DNS servers with.


Then save your settings, reboot your router and check to make sure adult sites are blocked.

PC settings:
go to settings/control panel, then network settings, then replace the DNS servers with the ones above, then save your settings, reboot and check adult content is blocked. 

The single PC option is great for a children's PC.

More router security settings can be found here.


Friday, 9 January 2015

Inspirational children

I recently had the opportunity to talk to a class in a local primary school about the Raspberry Pi computer and basic programming with Scratch and Python.

What a great class of children!

I'm a shy person so public speaking is something I have always avoided, the children quickly put my nerves to calm with such great input and questions, I done it for the kids to learn and have fun, but my thanks truly goes to the children as I have gained lessons from them in the process.

Here's an outline of the talk:

1 - Introduction to the Raspberry Pi

2 - Coding what it's used for / how it's used / coding in everyday life + a demonstration of traffic lights with LED's

3 - Other Raspberry Pi projects (Bird box camera, nature camera, weather balloons in space)

4 - Robots, brought my one along for a demo (should have got the kid's to name it!)

5 - Hacking Minecraft, this went down really well, they would have been happy doing this for the rest of the day.

A big thank you to my good friend Les Pounder for help and ideas for using Minecraft to inspire. (

Router security part 3 (Quad9)

You know how DNS works from part 2, so now it how to change your DNS. my favourite 2 providers: 1 Open DNS family friendly. great fo...