Using a free network monitoring tool such as WireShark we can see that several discrete and background connections are made without our request when simply accessing our computers.

In this article I provide a few simple hosts file entries to help increase our privacy.


Block Windows from Collecting Data

Open Notepad as an administrator and click on File then Open. Next, navigate to the following path C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\

No files are visible, so you will have to select All files (*.*) from the bottom right drop down menu above the Open and Cancel buttons.

With all files now visible, open the hosts file and add the following entries at the end of the file and Save.



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