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Microsoft has come under fire for shipping a keylogger with Windows 10, hoovering up user data from typing users and uploading it to Redmond servers.
Naturally, Microsoft did not have an actual keylogger, it would use Windows diagnostic service to improve its keyboard prediction service and inking recognition for future updates. Users complained about this feature due to its lack of transparency, and the inability of users to control exactly how their data was used.
With the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update, Microsoft has made a small change to Windows and has added a feature which lets you disable what you could consider its built-in keylogger.
This comes just as the firm has added a new feature that lets you see what data is being backed up on your device. Microsoft’s Windows 10 is getting very privacy friendly.
TL: DR Windows 10 has a built-in keylogger which makes some users paranoid, and has now added a way to disable it.
How to disable Windows 10’s built-in keylogger.
- Open the Settings app.
- Navigate to Privacy > Diagnostics and Feedback.
- Look for the “Improve Inking and typing recognition”, and turn it off. Microsoft will no longer be taking your data.
- Tip: You can shut off more of Microsoft’s speech and typing telemetry by navigating to Privacy > Speech, inking and typing and disabling speech services and typing suggestions. Doing this will keep more of your input data away from Microsoft, but it’ll keep things like your unique user dictionary, and Cortana’s speech recognition turned off until you choose otherwise.