Date: 12/01/2020 10:07 PM
Size: 299 KB
Downloads: 19003 times
WPD is a portable app to manage your Windows 10 privacy and firewall settings, uninstall Windows apps, and decide what apps can access your information.
WPD is broken down into four categories; Privacy, Firewall, Apps, and Tweaker, and the primary interface lets you know how many issues there are or if there are settings that need to be adjusted. Once you open any of the four categories, they all are readily available on the left side, no matter where you are.
The Privacy section has over 30 settings that can be turned on or off. Some settings might be familiar, including Telemetry, OneDrive, Cortana, and Search Companion, while others you might not have seen before, including StepsRecorder, Handwriting Automatic Learning, and Inventory Collector. If you’re not sure about any setting here, there’s a question mark icon next to each setting so you can be sure what you’re changing.
Firewall Rules require Windows Firewall to be on and offer to block Telemetry, Third-Party App, and Windows Update. While not explained, all this does is block known IP addresses that are provided by Cr@zy WS, the author of WindowsSpyBlocker. For each of the three sections, you can copy the IP addresses that were blocked and paste them into a text editor, but there’s no way to edit what is blocked individually.
Uninstall allows you to remove anything from the Windows Store that came with Windows 10, including Xbox, Photos, Tips, Get Office, and more.
Finally, the Tweaker section allows you to enable the clearing of the swap file during restart, show sync provider notifications, and a bunch of app settings to decide what is allowed to access your camera, microphone, contacts, calendar, and more.
It does it a little differently than some of the others but fits in perfectly for those who want to not only change their settings but might not be aware of what each setting does. It’s free, portable, and straightforward to understand and use. If it lacks anything, it would be an initial backup of your settings. Once you make changes, you can’t be sure what you changed, potentially making it difficult to change a setting, causing problems.