What’s new with Windows Phone 8.1?

Windows Phone 8.1 includes features that let you browse the web and use location awareness apps and other apps without losing control of your privacy and security.

Turn location services on or off

Location services can improve your experience in many different applications, from restaurant finders to social networks. If you don’t want to share your location, you can turn location services off.

To turn location services on or off

  1. In the App list, tap Settings   > Location.
  2. Turn Location services on or off.

See when an app is accessing your location information

If you want to use location services and also see when an app is accessing your phone’s location, you can turn the Location icon .

To make sure this icon is turned on

  1. In the App list, tap Settings   > Location.
  2. Select the Show icon check box.

Note Choosing not to display the Location icon doesn’t turn off location services. It simply hides the icon to reduce clutter on your phone’s status bar.

Change privacy settings on your mobile browser

Internet Explorer 11 for Windows Phone makes it easy to adjust settings. You can delete your Internet Explorer search history and use the SmartScreen Filter to help protect against unsafe websites. You can also set Internet Explorer to send a Do Not Track request to websites you visit to signal that you don’t want that website to track your browsing.

Privacy settings in Cortana (the new personal assistant for Windows Phone)

Cortana is the new digital assistant for Windows Phone 8.1 that can help with tasks and offer reminders, suggestions, and more. The more Cortana knows about you, the more efficient she can be.

Note: Cortana is only available on phones with Windows Phone 8.1, and only in some countries/regions. Check to see which software version you have.

Settings you can change in Cortana to help control your privacy

  • If Cortana is on, you can control detection of tracking info in email messages.
  • Regardless of whether Cortana is on or off, you can choose whether to send your browsing history to Microsoft to help improve our services and products.
  • If Cortana is on, you can control whether Cortana uses information from your Facebook account for personalization.

To understand how Cortana and Bing work with Facebook, see Cortana and my privacy FAQ.

For more information about these and other settings, see Privacy in Windows Phone 8.1.


About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »

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