Windows 10 has a keylogger?

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  1. Posts : 200
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit v.1909
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    Windows 10 has a keylogger?


    I just found this story this morning regarding a possible keylogger in Windows 10.

    Microsoft hit hard for Enabling Windows 10 built-in keylogger feature

    Is this true?

    Microsoft's explanation sounds a little hokey...

    keystrokes are collected to improve handwriting and pronunciation recognition

    Since when do keystrokes improve handwriting? They are two completely different things. And pronunciation refers to the "spoken word".
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  2. Posts : 725
    Windows 10 Home - Version 21H1- Build 19043.1266
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    My setting (in privacy/general) is still set to off.
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  3. Posts : 14,601
    Windows 10 IoT
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    Likely for autocorrect when typing, and maybe Cortana? You could have your PC setup as English US but be typing in French or some other language. You don't want it autocorrecting everything to English. Just my best guess.
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  4. Posts : 251
    Windows 10 Pro
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    Even if there is a legitimate explanation from Microsoft, I don't want them monitoring my activities on my laptop. I have all the privacy settings set to "off". If I find one is justifiably needed, I can easily re-activate it. My advice ... just set all the privacy settings to "off". It's just not any of Microsoft's business what I do on my laptop. If they need data for improvement, let them gather it voluntarily, not by using default settings most don't know about.
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  5. Posts : 25,687
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.160
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    Microsoft monitoring my PC usage is the least of my concerns. Most of that can be shut off, but the fact is that on the NET you have no expectancy of privacy. Your data is collected and stored by the NSA among others.
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  6. Posts : 3,257
    Windows 10 Pro
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    This is not a new issue, and has been argued about since early in Windows 10's lifetime. It's been discussed in this forum on several occasions.

    The point here is that MS needs to send information to their servers to enable certain functionality, because the OS itself does not do the work (their servers do). This is the same thing as how when you use Siri, it actually listens 24x7 to everything going on around it and sends that data to Apple so it can analyze it, looking for commands. In effect, any apple device is essentially a "wiretap" bug. The same is true of Google devices with the "Hey google" feature, or even when you use the voice recognition functions.

    MS doesn't retain that information after it is processed, but the privacy policy describes it anyways to be safe. This is just the way cloud services work, and more and more devices are using them.
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  7. Posts : 17,368
    Windows 11 Pro
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    Mystere said:
    The point here is that MS needs to send information to their servers to enable certain functionality, because the OS itself does not do the work (their servers do).
    And yet people can go months at a time without an internet connection....heck, there are probably some Windows 10 computers that have never been connected to the internet.
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  8. Posts : 3,257
    Windows 10 Pro
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    NavyLCDR said:
    And yet people can go months at a time without an internet connection....heck, there are probably some Windows 10 computers that have never been connected to the internet.
    And those computers aren't benefiting from the cloud services provided. Simply put, modern devices have features that are cloud oriented. The inclusion of those features means that the privacy policy needs to include that, whether or not you're using them.
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  9. Posts : 382
    Windows 10 Home
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    I ticked almost everything off.
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  10. Posts : 13,689
    Windows10
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    Josey Wales said:
    Microsoft monitoring my PC usage is the least of my concerns. Most of that can be shut off, but the fact is that on the NET you have no expectancy of privacy. Your data is collected and stored by the NSA among others.
    Who gives a toss about the NSA. As far as I can tell their jurisdiction only applies in USA - the alleged land of the free - LOL.

    Frankly our colonial cousins believe their own bs.
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