Last Updated: October 10, 2021
Want to use Grammarly for mistake-free and more understandable writing but not sure if it’s safe? Are there any security risks? Does it steal your data, save everything you type, or get ownership rights to your content?
Fortunately, you’ve landed on the right article if you’re looking for answers to these and many more questions about Grammarly’s safety and security.
Having used Grammarly for over 5 years, I will answer all your questions in this article, such as:
- Is Grammarly Safe?
- Is Grammarly Secure?
- Does Grammarly Steal Your Data?
- Is Grammarly a Keylogger?
- Does Grammarly Get Ownership Rights To Your Text?
- Do I Recommend Grammarly?
- & Some More FAQs
So without further ado, let’s get right to the main question.
Is Grammarly Safe?
Grammarly is safe to use and it does not steal your data and can’t access anything typed in sensitive fields such as credit card forms, password, email address, URL, or any other fields where similar private information is provided.
Now, you may be wondering: How do you know it’s safe, Aslan? Here why:
- I have been using it for over 5 years without any issues.
- It has a good reputation among bloggers and writers.
- Has been around for more than 12 years.
- 30 million people are actively using it.
As a blogger myself, Grammarly is my one and only favorite writing assistant and it greatly improves my writing. It has been part of my blogging journey for more than 5 years now, and up to this point, I have not encountered any safety issues.
In fact, I’m still using it at the time of writing this article to find any spelling, grammar, and punctuation mistakes.
Despite my personal experiences, Grammarly has a good reputation among other bloggers and writers.
So if Grammarly were not a safe tool then these reputable bloggers and companies wouldn’t recommend it to their users at all costs.
Furthermore, Grammarly isn’t a new company, it has been around since 2009 and if it weren’t a safe platform, it probably would have been consigned to the garbage heap of dead technology platforms long ago.
In addition to that, it has over 30 million daily active users and 30,000+ teams around the world.
So the fact that a platform that has been in business for so long, attracting millions of users and thousands of teams further proves its position as a trustworthy and safe company.
Taking all these factors into consideration as well as my personal experiences, I can confidently say that Grammarly is completely safe and one of the best writing assistants out there.
Is Grammarly Secure?
Grammarly is secure and your data in transit is protected by industry-standard TLS 1.2 protocol, while data at rest is encrypted in AWS using AES-256 server-side encryption to keep your information safe and secure.
All your data is encrypted and safeguarded whether you are receiving suggestions through the browser extension or the documents you’re saving in your Grammarly Editor.
I know it’s a little bit technical to understand these security standards, however, you can learn more about Transport Layer Protocol (TLS) and Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) by clicking the link.
In addition to data encryption, Grammarly utilizes AWS which is a subsidiary of Amazon and it is the world’s most flexible, secure, and broadly adopted cloud platform.
Grammarly hosts your data in Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers in the US and makes sure your data is available at all times by using native backup tools.
Apart from data encryption and hosting, Grammarly supports more security standards and enterprise-grade compliance certifications than any other writing assistant.
It is compliant with GDPR, HIPAA, CCPA, and PCI DSS, and they’re members of CSA. Also, they have received a SOC 2 (Type 2) report and are certified with ISO 27001, 27017, and 27018.
Please note, getting these certificates isn’t easy, these governmental privacy regulations and frameworks validated Grammarly’s controls regarding security, privacy, availability, and confidentiality before giving them the certificates.
Does Grammarly Steal Your Data?
No, Grammarly doesn’t steal your data, however, it collects some necessary information about you such as your username, email address, location, language preferences, and payment information if you are a paying customer.
To know what personal data of yours is associated with your Grammarly account, submit a support ticket.
Why do they collect some of my personal information?
Grammarly collects your personal information such as your name and email address because it is necessary for them to identify you when logging into your account or sending emails, and there is nothing suspicious about a platform that requires registration to collect this information.
And, why do they collect my payment information?
Your payment information is required to complete a transaction on the site and it’s also necessary for any platform to collect this information and there’s nothing suspicious about it as long as the platform is secured.
As for Grammarly, it keeps users’ data secure since all the transmission of sensitive data (such as a credit card number) is protected by their industry-standard SSL/TLS encrypted connection, and it’s PCI DSS and TrustedSite (formerly McAfee SECURE) certified as well.
To sum it up, I would say that Grammarly does not steal your data since, as a user of it for over 5 years now, I have not encountered any issues with my personal or sensitive information so far.
Furthermore, I also searched the internet for information regarding Grammarly stealing its users’ data, but have not found anything.
Is Grammarly a Keylogger?
There’s not an authentic answer to this question, however, Grammarly claims that it’s not a keylogger and only gets access to the text you write in non-sensitive fields when its browser extension or mobile keyboard is enabled by you to provide writing suggestions.
It does make sense that any writing assistant must have to read your text in non-sensitive fields (writing in an online editor or sending emails) in order to provide suggestions through their server-based algorithms.
Apart from that, Grammarly also claims that it’s blocked from accessing text in sensitive fields such as credit card forms, password and email fields, or other fields where similar private information is provided.
Arslan, is it true that Grammarly is blocked from accessing text in sensitive fields?
In non-sensitive fields, such as when writing emails, messages, or articles in your browser, you may have seen the Grammarly icon in the bottom right corner of the text field providing writing suggestions.
However, you may have noticed that Grammarly’s writing assistant does not run in sensitive fields such as when you are typing your credit card information, logging into your account, or any other sensitive field regardless of whether its extension is enabled or disabled.
I personally believe that Grammarly doesn’t run in sensitive fields and it’s not a keylogger, here’s why:
- It is GDPR compliance.
- Personally using it for over 5 years without encountering any issues.
- It has been in business for more than a decade.
- Many reputable companies and bloggers use and recommend it.
First of all, the major reason why I said Grammarly isn’t a keylogger is due to its compliance with GDPR.
For those who are unfamiliar with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), basically, it’s the toughest privacy and security law in the world that sets guidelines for an organization on how they can collect and process personal information from individuals who live in the European Union (EU).
A violation of the GDPR’s privacy or security standards could result in fines of more than ten million euros.
Secondly, I have been using it for more than 5 years now and to date, I never encountered any issues regarding my personal or financial information.
Additionally, it has been in business for more than a decade now and as I already said, Grammarly probably would have been consigned to the garbage heap of dead technology platforms long ago if it weren’t a safe tool.
Moreover, many reputable companies and bloggers use and recommend it and if it were a keylogger or not a safe platform then those companies or bloggers wouldn’t recommend it to their users.
Despite all these facts, I have searched the internet for reports about Grammarly stealing its users’ data or it’s a keylogger but haven’t found a single authentic source or complaint.
Taking all this into consideration, I would say that Grammarly isn’t a keylogger and it’s a safe tool.
Does Grammarly Get Ownership Rights To Your Text?
No, Grammarly gets no ownership rights to your text, documents, and other content and information you upload when you use their website, software, or services, and all intellectual property rights belong to you and shall remain yours at all times.
They clearly mentioned it in their Terms of Service:
However, it’s also important to let you know that Grammarly clearly stated that they get a non-exclusive license to your content so they can provide writing suggestions to you and formal permission to use your writing to improve their algorithms but you retain ownership of your content.
For more details, visit their Terms of Service.
Do I Recommend Grammarly?
Yes, I highly recommend Grammarly because it’s one of the best writing assistants especially for non-native English writers like me to fix their grammatical and spelling mistakes.
Not only does it correct the mistakes but also helps you in making your sentences more clear and easy to read by giving real-time suggestions for words, rephrasing sentences, reducing wordiness, and letting you know the tone of your sentences.
Since Grammarly has a free and premium version so you may be wondering:
Arslan, should I choose the free version or upgrade to the premium plan?
Well, there is absolutely no doubt that Grammarly offers great value for their free version and is much better than not having another set of eyes to look at what you write.
Its free version is the right option for you if you’re not a frequent writer and just want to fix spelling, grammar, and punctuation mistakes in your writing with basic writing suggestions.
In contrast, if you take your writing seriously and you’re a frequent writer then you should choose Grammarly premium as it offers advanced features and suggestions like plagiarism detection, tone adjustment, word choice, formality level, fluency, and more.
So, Is Grammarly safe?
Having used Grammarly for more than 5 years myself, I am confident to say that it is safe and secure because I’ve never encountered a problem to date.
My personal experiences aside:
- It has a good reputation among well-known reputable bloggers and companies.
- Has been in business for more than 12 years with 30 million active users now.
- Compliant with tons of governmental privacy regulations and frameworks.
So taking all these facts and my personal experiences into consideration, I would say Grammarly is definitely a safe and secure platform.
Also, I strongly recommend Grammarly to you especially if you write on a regular basis, as it can help you to produce great content and improve your writing skills.
Hopefully, all your doubts have been cleared now.
Still have any questions or experienced any issues with Grammarly that you’d like to share? Please, feel free to let us know in the comment section.
Does Grammarly Sell Your Personal Data?
Grammarly does not sell or rent your personal data to anyone and no one has ever complained that their data was sold or rented.
Where Does Grammarly Store Your Documents?
Grammarly stores your documents on their servers hosted by Amazon Web Services (AWS) in the United States.
Who Owns Grammarly?
Grammarly is owned by Max Lytvyn, Alex Shevchenko, and Dmytro Lider.