How To: Disable the hidden keylogger in Windows 10

Windows 10 is a true digital Big Brother that keeps track of everything you do. On one hand, Microsoft says this information is used to improve their software and services. That I can definitely believe. But whenever humans need to handle personal data, bad things can happen including major information leaks.

I personally do not agree on how Microsoft is handling this. Yes, you can disable the hidden keylogger in Windows 10 but did anyone ask for our permission to enable it in the first place? If you already know of the tracking capabilities of Windows 10, it’s certainly not because Microsoft advertised this.

The option to disable the hidden keylogger in Windows 10 exists, but it does take a bit of digging through the system settings. What it does, is it records and analyzes your typing and behavior which is definitely useful for optimizing software products and services, but also disturbing as it’s an invasion of privacy.

Check out how you can deactivate the Windows 10’s keylogger-like tracking function in just a few easy steps.

Easily disable the hidden keylogger in Windows 10

Since one of the main purposes of all the data Microsoft collects regarding your computer usage is used to improve Cortana, you should know that disabling these features comes at a cost. Cortana won’t be able to learn information about you anymore, so it won’t serve you better over time like it’s supposed to.

With that said, let’s see which settings we need to toggle off to make Windows 10 less spyware-y.

disable the hidden keylogger in Windows 10

Open the Start Menu and select Settings, then Privacy.

disable the hidden keylogger in Windows 10
In the General section, you’ll see an option called ‘Send Microsoft info about how I write to help us improve typing and writing in the future’. Click on the switch below it to toggle it off (it will become grayed out).

disable the hidden keylogger in Windows 10

The column on the left lists several sections for the Privacy menu. Select ‘Speech, inking & typing‘.

In the dedicated pane, you can see the ‘Getting to know you’ feature that gathers various information from the system and your writing and typing patterns. Click on the ‘Stop getting to know me‘ to toggle it off.

I hope this has helped you feel a bit more secure while using Windows 10. Let’s not feel too safe though – the operating system has other built-in ways to collect usage data, many of which cannot be disabled.

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