Many of use suffer from those irritating advertising that keep coming when we use the internet. We often believe that the problem is with the internet browsers. While this might be true to a great extent, the problem could also be elsewhere. The privacy Ad settings of Microsoft could be the cause of these problems. We therefore would like to share some useful and pertinent information about the various aspects of Microsoft privacy ad settings and how it could make your device usage more efficient and stress free. There is no denying the fact that no one likes disturbances when using Microsoft and this is where these ad settings could come into play. While changing privacy Ad settings is a big subject matter, we will try and have a look at a few of the most important ones for the benefit of our readers. There are different privacy ad settings that can be put in place for Windows mobile devices, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.
What Exactly Are Personalized Ads?
Personalized ads are those advertisements that Microsoft believes will add some value to the customers. These advertisements are based on the data that is available in the devices that are being used by you and those that are shared by the users to Microsoft. The usage pertains to various site visits, searches and the topics that are often explored by the users. However, Microsoft has a feature by which these personalized ads can be turned off in case the user feels so. During your daily searches you might look for information pertaining to dozens of things including product and services and also information about people, places, politics, sports, weather and so on.
What Is The Reason For Showing These Ads
Microsoft shows these personalized advertisements with a specific reason. It could be useful for end users to identify and find products and services that they are interested in. Microsoft is keen that you also get to know about the various Microsoft products and services that could be useful and relevant to you. Once you express interest, the advertisers would find it easier to reach you. You will get to buy the products that you like while Microsoft and others would be able to make a sale. Hence, this is a win-win situation for both the end users of Microsoft products and the online marketers of various products and services. It will be a very useful, focused and customer friendly way of reaching information to those who desire it.
How Are These Ads Delivered by Microsoft?
Microsoft has partnerships with AppNexus, Oath and a few other third party providers. They help in displaying personalized advertisement on Outlook.com, MSN, and various other apps and websites. Microsoft also uses the services of Bins to deliver search advertisements. It also has may search syndication partners, whose services are also used. The details pertaining to the various ways of ad delivery is available in the Privacy Statements of service providers like Oath and AppNexus.
How The List of Interests Populated?
Microsoft uses complex technology and methods by which it is able to infer and find out more about the topics that you may be interested in. They make intelligent use of the searches, browsing history and other online activity that you may be indulging in on a regular basis. These are added to the list by Microsoft. Many of the advertisements that you see might be based on these specific topics of interest. However, it is possible that the interests may not appear in your preferred language and this is a point that one needs to always bear in mind.
Difference Between Interested Ads and Personalized Ads in Browser Settings
If the setting that allows you to see ads is turned off, you will not be able to see any of the personalized ads when you sign into any browser. The activities of the browser will not be made use of by Microsoft. Hence, you can be sure that it will not be used to deliver personalized ads. On the other hand if you are able to turn off the “personalized ads view” option in the browser settings, you can be sure you will not see any personalized advertisements.
How To Stop Seeing Personalized Ads?
When you turn on the stop personalized ads option, you can rest assured that Microsoft will stop showing you personalized advertisements till such time you switch it on. However, this may not fully solve the problem. Even if the setting for show ads have been turned off, you may continue to see personalized ads emanating from other companies and also from other ad networks. You should find a way out that might help you to stop seeing such personalized advertisements, from other advertisement networks and companies. Most of these companies do participate in self-regulatory programs. There are some sites like DAA, EDAA and DAAC which could be accessed to ensure that you also stop seeing advertisements that originate from other networks and companies. It might take some time for these networks to take note of your requests and make sure that the advertisements are not shown again.
Can Browser be Configured To Stop Seeing Such Personalized Ads?
The Final Word
To sum up, there is no doubt that Microsoft has a robust, proven and time-tested way by which they can help the end users to either switch off or switch on privacy settings. This will help them to see the advertisements as and when they like and switch it off and get it on when they desire. While this could help in keeping the Microsoft ads away when you don’t need them, it may not be possible to have this in place when you have advertisements from other companies and networks that offer such ads for their benefits and advantages.