Updated: October 18, 2013
Applies To: Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8
There are a variety of technologies that communicate with the Internet to provide increased ease-of-use and functionality. Browser and email technologies are examples, but there are also technologies such as automatic updating that help you obtain the latest software and product information, including bug fixes and software updates. These technologies provide many benefits for users, but they also involve communication with websites, which administrators might want to control.
You can control this communication through a variety of options that are built into individual features, the operating system, and features that are designed for managing configurations across your organization. For example, as an administrator, you can use Group Policy settings to control the way some features communicate. For other features, you can create an environment in which all communication is directed to the organization’s internal website instead of to an external website.
This section offers guidance about managing privacy-related settings in Windows Server 2012 and additional links that can be useful to administrators and others concerned about privacy.