Avoid being spied on while you play: Privacy and security on Xbox Live

Avoid being spied on while you play: Privacy and security on Xbox Live

Improving online privacy and security

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Depending on the type of user you have created on Xbox Live, your console will be able to display more or less details about you. If you have created a child profile for children, the normal thing is that the system blocks all kinds of relevant information and applies a high level of privacy, however, if you have configured an adult profile, the information seeks the more social side, allowing information to your contacts and even other Xbox Live users.

Who can see my Xbox Live profile?

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That question has an easy answer, and it will depend on you. If you have a more or less public profile configured and you have allowed some aspects to remain open to the public, a user will only have to write your Gamertag on the Xbox Live website to keep an eye on what you have been playing, what latest achievements you have achieved and to what series or movies you have recently been watching from your console.

You just have to access the following link and enter the name of the gamertag that you are interested in analyzing to see the results.

https://account.xbox.com/es-es/profile?gamertag= ”GAMERTAG NAME

If the profile is kept private, the only information you will get is the number of friends added, the followers, and hopefully recent achievements, but little else. This is one way to keep your privacy safe, so if you want privacy, you’d better take the following steps.

How to adjust privacy on Xbox

To define the privacy levels, you just have to access the following menu:

Settings> Account> Privacy and Online Safety> Xbox Live Privacy

In this section you can configure each and every one of the aspects that affect the level of privacy of your user account. Here you can see what type of configuration you have activated, although we recommend selecting the mode “Personalize” so that you can consciously choose what interests you and what you are not interested in showing publicly.

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Choose “Personalize“And enter”See details and customize”To thoroughly define each of the aspects.

Connection status and history

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In this section you can configure who can see you if you are connected or not. Do you want to limit that this information is only available to your friends? Or do you want the whole world to see you? Define who can see you online, who can know what you are watching or listening to (streaming videos and music) and who can check your game and application history.

Options are Friends, Everyone, or Block.


Xbox Live privacy security

Here you can choose who can see the description that defines you in your profile, what full name appears in your account (it is usually taken from the Microsoft account), who can see your real name and if your friends’ friends can see your Name.

Friends and Clubs

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These options are especially useful for configuring children’s profiles, since we can choose if the user we are configuring can add more friends on Xbox Live, if the rest of the users can see your friends list or if we can create and join clubs.

Communication and multiplayer

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Like the previous section, here we will select if we can join multiplayer games, if we can enter games on other platforms such as PC and PlayStation, if we accept communication by voice, text and invitations and if we accept communication by video.

Game content

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The new Xbox Series X and Series S controller includes a new button for taking screenshots. However, we can define if the captures are uploaded to Xbox Live, if other people can see our captures, if we can see and upload community creations and even if we want to enable the live streaming function from the console with or without a camera connected. .

Sharing outside of Xbox Live

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It is one thing that your friends can see your captures and your messages, and another that they can take that content to other social networks with the sharing function. Here you can control all that.

Buy and download

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And finally, another function also geared towards the little ones is to allow the purchase and download of content from the Microsoft Store. In this case, we can activate the option that will always ask for the user’s password to avoid unwanted purchases within the Store.


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