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Cortana bypassed passwords to browse sites on locked PCs

AI-powered smart assistants have become the newest weapons tech companies have in the market. For some people, they are life-changing and habit-forming. For others, they are mere curiosities. But for a certain group of tech-savvy users, they are opportunities to hack into devices. Two Israeli security researchers have come across a way to download malware onto a Windows PC, even when it’s locked. All because Cortana might have been too helpful to give users, whether its own or others, a helping hand.

https://www.slashgear.com/cortana-bypassed-passwords-to-browses-sites-on-locked-pcs-06522461/ 

A little bit of knowledge is... well a little bit of knowledge.

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Kudos0

Re: Cortana bypassed passwords to browse sites on locked PCs

Good read. There is one way to disable Cortana under group policy, however, windows search will get donked in the process.

https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/2a2175fd-a3fd-4509-946a-dea31c73087b/disabled-cortana-using-group-policy-in-windows-10-now-search-is-not-working?forum=win10itprogeneral

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Re: Cortana bypassed passwords to browse sites on locked PCs

I used a registry key and Search still works locally on the machine.

https://www.howtogeek.com/265027/how-to-disable-cortana-in-windows-10/

A little bit of knowledge is... well a little bit of knowledge.