How to keep your devices from spying on you

posted by Mark Starling -

Just in case you are still trying to figure out how to keep your smart devices from spying on you, here's a list of four things you can do to ensure unwanted ears aren't listening!


 1.  Put tape over your computer camera.  You'll feel like a conspiracy  theorist, but it makes it impossible for hackers to use it.  You can  also disable your mic.  Some people even crack open their laptop and  REMOVE the microphone.

 2.  Don't let every phone app track your location.  Some of them don't  have the same level of security as things like Facebook and Google  Maps.  So they might be easier to hack into.  You can change your  tracking preferences in your settings.

 3.  Update your phone's software.  Hackers are constantly creating  fresh viruses, and finding new ways to hack into stuff.  A lot of those  software updates include security fixes that make it harder.

 4.  Turn off your phone's voice-recognition feature.  Newer phones have  a "hands free" option, so you don't have to push the button to ask a  question.  Like with new iPhones, you can just say "Hey Siri," and  she'll respond.

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