Do you ever get the feeling that “Big Brother” is watching your every move? Well, you could be right and it’s because of all of your devices and gadgets. Here are four ways to deal with gadgets that really can spy on you from Time.
1. Put tape over your computer camera eye- By doing this, it makes it impossible for hackers to use your camera. You can also disable your mic so they can’t randomly listen in.
2. Don’t let every app use your location services- Some of them don’t have the same level of security as sites like Facebook and Google Maps. So, they might be easier to hack into. You can adjust your location service permissions in your settings on your phone.
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 for them to get into your phone.
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. Or with Android devices, “Okay Google.” That’s great and all, but it also means that they’re always listening in, waiting for you to speak. Google Home and Amazon Echos do it too, which could make it easier for hackers to listen in.