Microsoft ha a secret keylogger in Windows 10, but you can easily turn it off
Windows 10 were outraged earlier this week when it was revealed that Microsoft had secretly been tracking everything they wrote using their devices.
An investigation found that a secret keylogger service was automatically enabled on all Windows 10 devices by default.
Microsoft says the feature tracks "your typing and handwriting info to improve typing and writing services”, but many users were understandably unhappy.
So if you’re afraid of having your habits tracked by Microsoft, here’s how you can quickly and easily switch off the secret keylogger.
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The feature is hidden within the settings of Windows 10, where many of the software’s secrecy options are located.
To turn it off, head to the Privacy area in Windows Settings, then the General menu.
There, you’ll find a number of privacy options which can be changed, altered and enabled.
Microsoft’s key logging can be turned off by deselecting the option that reads, “Send Microsoft info about how I write to help us improve typing and writing in the future”.
All Windows 10 devices are equipped with the secret tool
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The issue was first unearthed when Windows 10 launched two years ago – but has been brought back into the limelight on Reddit.
On the Microsoft Privacy website, the company said: "To improve your device’s ability to correctly recognise your pronunciation and handwriting, Microsoft collects speech, inking, and typing information when you interact with your Windows device by speaking, writing, or typing.
Microsoft is set to introduce a number of clearer privacy and security options with the launch of Windows 10 Creators Update next month.
The upgrade will see a new central protection hub that will allow PC users to keep on top of all the security needs.
Microsoft says that the new Windows Defender Security Centre will ensure that, "you are protected by default and continuously protected."
Windows 10 Creators Update is set to be released next month
Windows 10 Creators Update also has a new feature which looks to stop the installation of potentially destructive non-Windows apps.
The new feature will detect when a user installs an app or program not from the Windows Store.
Customers will be able to completely block installation of outside apps, which could be useful if more than one person uses a specific device.
The feature is disabled by default, but Microsoft is encouraging users to enable it in order to ensure they don’t get caught out by malware posing as a legitimate app or download.
The company says this protection will help keep your PC “safe and reliable”.