June 11, 2016

How to Disable Keylogger in Windows 10 – Prevent Microsoft from Tracking Your Data

Are you a Windows 10 user? If yes, then you might be aware of an inbuilt feature of your Windows 10 operating system that tracks all your data including your typing information. If you haven’t trace out that you had that feature on your Windows 10 device then, be careful at least from now. The software giant, Microsoft launched a new operating system namely Windows 10 with advanced and powerful features. The tech behemoth has created some unique features on Windows 10 like Cortana, which is a digital personal voice assistant that responds to one’s commands and acts accordingly.

How to Disable Keylogger on Windows 10

Microsoft has launched Windows 10 operating system with some integrated features and one such built-in feature of Windows 10 is ‘Keylogger.’ Keylogger is a unique feature that can track every single word you speak or type or pass a command to its digital assistant Cortana while using its latest operating system, Windows 10. The company has openly revealed that it has integrated a new feature on the new operating system that ‘may collect voice information’ and ‘typed characters’ as well.

Microsoft Rolled out Windows 10 Public Release With Built-in Keylogger

Earlier, we thought that the tech company would include the keylogger feature only within the Technical Preview of Windows 10 operating system just for the testing purpose. But, what we had thought was totally wrong. The company has rolled out the new Windows 10 operating system as a public release along with a built-in keylogger feature by completely inverting out thoughts. However, Microsoft had released the public version of Windows 10 for free, and that is the reason behind gaining millions of adoption.

Keeping aside all the other privacy issues of Windows 10, there is a software component that tracks your inputs using your keyboard, voice, screen, mouse, and stylus, yet, it is a bit more complicated than you thought. Microsoft openly revealed that it has put a keylogger in its Windows 10 operating system to render users a personalized experience.

Windows 10’s FAQs mention,

“When you interact with your Windows device by speaking, writing (handwriting), or typing, Microsoft collects speech, inking, and typing information—including information about your Calendar and People (also known as contacts).”

Well, you don’t have to worry about this feature tracking and collecting all your personal information. Here is a good news that you can Turn Off this Keylogger on your device. I have come up with a solution to turn off this feature on your Windows 10 device. Here is a step-by-step tutorial that guides you in the best way to disable Keylogger on your Windows 10 running device so that you can prevent Microsoft from gathering all your data.

How to Disable/Turn Off Keylogger on Windows 10

  • Initially, go to Start Menu. Open Settings.
  • Now, click on Privacy option in the Settings, which is located at the bottom of the screen.

Turn off Keylogger on Windows 10 - Privacy Settings

  • Once you are in the Privacy menu, go to the ‘General’ section.
  • Under the Send Microsoft info about how I write to help us improve typing and writing in the future option, just Turn it to OFF.

Windows 10 Privacy Settings
Now head on to the ‘Speech, Inking and Typing’ section and click Stop getting to know me. This will help you turn off the speech tracking through dictation or Cortana.

Disable Keylogger feature on Windows 10 Privacy Settings

This is one of the privacy issues that was built into Windows 10 due to which Microsoft has attained a bad reputation. That’s it! You have now successfully disabled Keylogger feature on your Windows 10 operating system and Microsoft will no more have the ability to track all your personal data. Hope this article helps you in the best way to turn off keylogger on Windows 10 operating system.

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Imran Uddin

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