Microsoft suffered another backlash from users earlier this week when it was revealed that Windows has a secret keylogger that tracks everything you type.
The keylogger is a hidden feature in Windows 10 that is enabled by default.
Microsoft says the keylogger feature tracks “your typing and handwriting info to improve typing and writing services”. However, many users were unhappy that Microsoft could be tracking every bit of info they type or write on their device.
The issue was first discovered when Windows 10 launched two years ago but has resurfaced once more following a discussion on Reddit after one user claimed that despite disabling the feature, it was turned back on following the installation of a new update.
“They change all these settings back every time there’s a major Windows update,” the Redditor posted.
“Can confirm. I also turned everything off at install, and this setting was on just now,” read another post.
This isn’t the first time Microsoft has been criticised regarding issues relating to user privacy and data collection.
Last year, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) hit out at Microsoft for the way in which Windows 10 collects data on its users and said the tech giant forced users to “choose between having privacy and security”.
“Windows 10 sends an unprecedented amount of usage data back to Microsoft,” the EFF said.
Luckily, if you don’t want Microsoft to track your every move, there is a way to disable the keylogger.
To disable Windows 10 keylogger you need to follow these instructions:
Start > Settings > Privacy > General.
To disable the keylogger you then need to turn off the feature that reads: “Send Microsoft info about how I write to help us improve typing and writing in the future”.
If you don’t want Microsoft to track you, you should also re-check these settings after installing a new update.
Microsoft is getting ready to release the Windows 10 Creators Update which is the next major update to Windows 10 and is expected to be release on April 11.