Secu­rity Alert: Win­dows 10

Secu­rity Alert: Win­dows 10 Has Been Qui­etly Log­ging EVERY KEY­STROKE You Type And Send­ing It To Microsoft (This Is How To Stop It)

It’s Been reported that an inter­na­tional group of hack­ers claim they have breached Apple’s iCloud user data­base and stolen 300 mil­lion user­names and pass­words. The group has threat­ened to ini­ti­ate a wide­spread fac­tory reset on April 7th, 2017, poten­tially wip­ing out data on tens of mil­lions of iPhones and iCloud accounts should Apple fail to pay a ransom.

But that breach by nefar­i­ous hack­ers, while seri­ous, is noth­ing com­pared to what your trusted oper­at­ing sys­tem provider may be doing on your per­sonal computer.

Accord­ing to a recent report, if you are a Win­dows 10 user then every sin­gle key­stroke you have ever typed on your com­puter may have been logged and sent to Microsoft.

You know those nag­ging ques­tions dur­ing the instal­la­tion process that ask you whether or not you want to “help” improve Win­dows by send­ing data to Microsoft? If you hap­pened to answer “yes” to one of these ques­tions, or if you went with the Microsoft default instal­la­tion, there is a real pos­si­bil­ity that every­thing you have done on your com­puter from the get-​go, includ­ing send­ing “secure” mes­sages (because the key­board log­ger cap­tures your key­strokes before they appear in your secure mes­sag­ing app), is now a part of a mas­sive user data­base some­where.
It’s been reported that Microsoft has been using the data to improve arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence writ­ing and gram­mar soft­ware, but it’s not clear what else they are doing with it.

If you are OK with shar­ing your per­sonal mes­sages, user­names and pass­words with Microsoft for the bet­ter­ment of the Win­dows uni­verse, then there is noth­ing else you need to do at this time.

But if you are con­cerned about your per­sonal pri­vacy, there are two ways to avoid hav­ing your com­puter spied on using this key­log­ger method.

Choose A Cus­tom Installation

When installing Win­dows 10 for the first time you’ll want to select a ‘Cus­tom Install’. This will allow you to choose what you do or do not want acti­vated. To be safe, select ‘no’ for all options related to send­ing infor­ma­tion or data to Microsoft or third-​parties.

Update Your Pri­vacy Settings

There is a sim­ple way to iden­tify whether or not your typ­ing activ­i­ties are being logged.

Sim­ply click on your Win­dows 10 Start Menu. From there, go to Set­tings (or the gear icon) → Pri­vacy → General

You’ll want to turn off the option that says, “Send Microsoft info about how I write to help us improve typ­ing and writ­ing in the future.”

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Once moved to the ‘Off’ posi­tion, Microsoft key­word log­ging should no longer be a problem.

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