7 Ways To Stop Your Gadgets From Spying On You

Spying has been a hot topic in the news recently.  From reports of the CIA spying through TVs and who can forget Kellyanne Conway claiming Obama may have used microwaves to spy on Trump, it's definitely in the front of everyone's minds.

Time just released a list of 7 ways to help prevent your gadgets from spying on you.

Let's take a look:

Create strong passwords, and change them often

The best passwords are difficult to guess and include a mix of letters, numbers, and special characters. But most importantly, never reuse passwords for multiple accounts — doing so could make it easier for hackers to gain access to multiple services and devices.

Tape up your laptop's camera

Covering your computer's camera may not stop a hacker from taking it over, but it will help ensure that they don't obtain any private footage they can use against you. Hackers can gain access to your webcam and more through a type of software known as a Remote Administration Tool, or RAT. Even Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg keeps his laptop camera taped up.

Choose which smartphone apps can access your location

Many apps request to use your location in order to provide better services. Facebook, for example, will use your location to let you check in to a particular place or tag where a photo was taken. But you may not want every app to know where you are at all times.

Keep your software up to date

Whether it's for your phone, computer, or anything else, you should always make sure you're using the latest software version possible. Software updates commonly bring critical security fixes that fix lapses hackers love to exploit.. An option to check for software updates can usually be found in your device's settings menu.

Turn off your TV's tracking features

Some smart TVs may be logging more information about your viewing habits than you realize. TV maker Vizio, for example, recently paid $2.2 million to the Federal Trade Commission to settle charges it was monitoring the content viewers watched without their consent and then selling that data to advertisers. 

Turn off your phone's voice recognition features

While some smart TVs have voice recognition capabilities, there's a much bigger chance that your smartphone has them. Newer Android models that include the Google Assistant and iPhones that support Apple's "Hey Siri" feature listen for a trigger phrase in order to answer questions and fulfill requests without requiring a button press.

Delete your Amazon Echo recordings

If you own an Amazon Echo, chances are you've already embraced the concept of gadgets listening to your conversations. Amazon stores your voice logs in order to better adapt to your preferences. However, you can delete your voice request history through the Alexa app by going to Settings > History. From there, you can tap a recording to delete it.



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