21 December 2018
A couple of days ago, a few research experts revealed that the attackers can bypass the login screen on Windows machines and install malware by Cortana voice commands, which is quite dangerous to the private data of the users.
Two Israeli researchers who go by the name of Tal Be’ery and Amichai Shulman found that Always-On voice assistant on Windows machines can invite attackers to invade the privacy of the users by throwing some voice commands. So, it’s mandatory to disable this setting so as to stop Cortana collecting voice commands even when the PC is locked or on sleep.
The attackers can open the malicious website by using some Cortana Voice commands even when the PC is locked. The hacker would simply play an audio file to get an advantage of your data stored on your PC. Well, the situation can become more adverse if the attacker gets enough time to plug a USB drive and get whatever he needs.
By default, your system uses Cortana even when the device is locked. So, you need to disable this functionality in order to close such backdoors that can lead to leakage of the data.
So, follow the below steps and disable this setting and get some primary aid activated.
First up, open the Settings and you need to land on the Cortana Setting so as to disable this setting.
For this, you need to type "Cortana" in the Settings' search bar. This will open the number of settings associated with the Cortana.
You need to select "Change how you talk to Cortana."
This will take to the main setting window where you need to disable Cortana to take commands when the screen is locked. That's a toggle like a switch, which is by default activated. So, disable it and prevent Cortana from taking malicious commands.