A few weeks back, Microsoft's SwiftKey predictive keyboard app ran into an where users were receiving prediction suggestions based on other user's data. Accordingly, the developer turned off predictive syncing to give them a chance to fix the issue and avoid any security concerns.
As Microsoft stated when the issue first came to light:
This week, a few of our customers noticed unexpected predictions where unfamiliar terms, and in some rare cases emails, appeared when using their mobile phone. We are working quickly to resolve this inconvenience.
While this did not pose a security issue for our customers, we have turned off the cloud sync service and have updated our applications to remove email address predictions. During this time, it will not be possible to back up your SwiftKey language model.
The vast majority of SwiftKey users are not affected by this issue. If you have any reason to believe you are seeing unfamiliar predictions, please contact [email protected]
The SwiftKey team must have identified and resolved the issue, because today's update to the SwiftKey app for Android indicates that the sync service has been fixed. In addition, some other changes and fixes have been implemented, and here's everything that's new in the app:
- Sync service fixed
- Email and number predictions remain temporarily off
- SwiftKey now supports eight new languages: Kurdish, Aragonese, Maltese, Nynorsk, Frisian, Luxembourgish, Faroese and Asturian.
- Accessibility improvements for Talkback users
- Improvements to the typing experience on Samsung S7 Edge
If you're a dedicated SwiftKey user, then this should be good news. Go to Google Play and hit the update button, or you can give the app a try via the link below.