Windows 11 Users Can Now Get A List Of All Apps That Recently Accessed Their Sensitive Information

In what is being described as a major effort to maintain user privacy and security, Microsoft is really making some major gains with the public with their recent update.

The tech giant unveiled the release of a new privacy feature that comprises a list for Windows 11 users. This will comprise all the apps that have recently gained access to users’ sensitive information.

Common examples of sensitive data include cameras, contact lists, and microphones.

The new update is being added to the list for June 2021 Windows 11 Previews. And that means it can be tested by insiders at Windows at the Dev Channel.

But wait, that’s not all. The new privacy feature does not only gain access to a user’s contact list but can also let people know if and when their information regarding images, videos, text messages, calls, or even screenshots had been shared in the week that just passed.

The company likes to refer to apps of this sort as nosy apps and it is now available from the settings application for Windows 11. Simply click on the privacy tab and security tab and then find the app permission tab. Once you see the recent activity option, you’ll be made aware of a menu that instantly falls down and gives you the choice to see every information category that has been tracked. And there are plenty.

After you click on that, the screen will show you each time the category or app selected had access to your device’s details.

Interestingly, the list does include the final time a particular resource had full access to your details, when you click on a particular entry, you won’t get any other extra information.

Other kinds of sensitive information that might prove to be helpful for you include news about malicious malware apps that got into your device and tried to disrupt your phone’s regular functioning or were able to spy through the help of a camera or a microphone.

You might get to see process IDs that were made use of or perhaps be given a look at file paths.

While Microsoft has not officially made the news go public via its own Windows blog, we did see the tech giant speak about the launch last Thursday where the VP for the company’s Enterprise and Security mentioned the news via his Twitter account.

The news comes after Microsoft unveiled in April how it would be incorporating greater security and protection systems against phishing attacks in Windows 11. This would arise in the form of a Defender SmartScreen. For those who might not be aware, this is the firm’s leading protective service against both phishing and malware attacks.

Another upcoming security feature that users can expect through Windows 11 will include a Personal Data Encryption feature that secures files as well as data. Users will need to authenticate via a new feature called Windows Hello, adding a two-step security system for sensitive data protection when they’re not logged in.

Lastly, Windows 11 will get a new Credential Guard that would enhance security in today’s corporate or enterprise surroundings.
H/T: David Weston (DWIZZZLE)

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