Last updated: October 21, 2017
A what? A “keylogger”, that’s what. A keylogger is a software or method for tracking and collecting what you type on a keyboard, usually without your knowledge. But what does any of this have to do with Windows 10? Well, by default, your new operating system has been Getting to know you. By getting to know you, the Cortana voice assistant and Windows learn how to improve the suggestions they make for you for features like a personalized dictionary, and functions such as auto-complete. One of the ways Windows is able to improve suggestions is by collecting your typing history. We will show you how to disable the Windows 10 keylogger if having your typing history collected just isn’t your thing.
If you review Microsoft’s Windows 10 speech, inking, typing and privacy: FAQ, you can learn some useful details about how this functionality works, and why it exists. The FAQ says, “Some of this data is stored on your device and some is sent to Microsoft to help improve these services.” To prevent the collection and transmission of this data, you need to turn off two separate options in Windows 10’s Privacy settings.
Click the Start button, and choose Settings.
In the Settings window, scroll down and click Privacy.
In the Privacy settings, click General in the left navigation. Under Change privacy options, find the section that says, Send Microsoft info about how I write to help us improve typing and writing in the future. Click the On button to slide it to the Off position.
Next, while remaining in the Privacy settings, click Speech, inking, & typing in the left navigation. Under the Getting to know you section, and click the Stop getting to know me button.
As it states, dictation and the Cortana personal assistant functions will no longer work if you want Microsoft to stop getting to know you. However, now that you know how to disable the Windows 10 keylogger, you can simply toggle it on and off as needed. Each time you choose Stop getting to know me, the collected data is cleared from your device.
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