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Another controversy has erupted with the release of Windows 10, causing panic among consumers concerned about their privacy. There’s a built-in “keylogger” in Windows 10 and while that’s not what Microsoft is trying to use it for, the concern is there that everything from bank passwords to sensitive information could wind up in the wrong hands.

Here’s how to turn off the keylogger in Windows 10 and why you should do so today.

Turning Off the Windows 10 Keylogger

This was originally discovered in the Windows 10 Technical Preview, and at the time, was thought to be used to help discover actions taken when bugs and other issues occurred. However, it carried over into the Windows 10 RTM and since most consumers don’t even realize it’s there, they’re potentially being spied on without even realizing it.

Note: Just because you turn off the keylogger doesn’t mean Microsoft can’t track what you’re doing in other ways, especially if you use Cortana.

Open up the Settings app via Cortana or the Start Menu.

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Navigate to “Privacy.”

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Now, move the slider for each option to “Off.”

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This’ll stop Microsoft from collecting certain data, but to ensure you protect all your privacy options, you’ll want to navigate to “Speech, inking & typing” in the left-hand pane of the Settings app.

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Then, click “Stop getting to know me.”

This’ll turn off Cortana’s features of getting to know you, saving information about you, and rendering Cortana almost useless to you in Windows 10.

We recommend going through every privacy setting in Windows 10 to ensure you’re maximizing what Microsoft gets to know about you. While these are the main ones that turn off the keylogger in Windows 10, there’s other settings you may want to tweak to make you feel more comfortable using the OS.

Why Turn Off the Keylogger?

Other than the obvious security-related reasons, there’s something about how underhanded this step seems by Microsoft. While, yes, you agree to it in the EULA and as part of Microsoft’s Privacy Policy, you’d think something as blatant as this would be announced or pointed out by Microsoft before the Windows 10 release.

Consumers shouldn’t find out about things like this by third parties, Microsoft should be more transparent about what they’re logging and what they’re doing with it.

Conclusion

The steps above will turn off the main offenders for the Windows 10 keylogger. Go through all the privacy settings in Windows 10 to change anything else that makes you feel uncomfortable.

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