How to manage your personal data in Microsoft accounts?


How to manage your personal data in Microsoft accounts?


Maintaining privacy online can be a weary task. Facebook, Google and other top players in the scene have made the task a lot easier by transferring the control to the user’s hands. World’s leading software manufacturer Microsoft is gradually heading this way with its online services. Microsoft has arrived with a feature called ‘Personal Data Dashboard’ which will allow users to review and edit the online data kept by its online services like Windows live, Xbox Live etc. Here is a tutorial on how to manage your personal data with Microsoft accounts.

How to manage your personal data in Microsoft accounts?
  • You can start by signing into Windows Live. If you don’t have a Windows Live account, Personal Data Dashboard can be of little help. However having a Windows Live account is quite essential for operating with various online features offered by Microsoft.

  • After you have signed into Windows Live, direct yourself to Personal Data Dashboard
  • You can start by viewing your profile information. You can modify the information given there by clicking on ‘Edit your profile in Windows Live’. A new tab that opens up will allow you to make the desired changes.
  • To view the personal data stored by Microsoft, click on My Data at the top of the page. You will be able to view and edit Interests, Newsletters and Brands. You will also be able to view and edit your Bing search history from this page.
  • How to manage your personal data in Microsoft accounts?
    • To choose which services can use your personal information, click on My Choices at the top of the page. The page currently includes permission changing options for Microsoft Advertising and Microsoft Email Communication. You can click on the sides of this option to turn it off and on.

  • You can click on More Services on the top side of the page to get the links to profile pages on Microsoft services like Xbox and Microsoft Zune. You can edit the information displayed on these pages too.

    Microsoft has already announced that it will be arriving with more tools that will give more control to the user to select the information that is used and shared within and outside its platforms. Until then Personal Data Dashboard is a useful tool that will help you alter the basic information used by different services of Microsoft.

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