How To Stop Your Tech Devices From Spying On You!

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How To Stop Your Tech Devices From Spying On You!

We all love to scroll on our favourite social media apps to catch up on the latest news and happenings from around the world. But how much do you trust the apps you use?

Little do you know, your favourite apps could actually be spying on you and recording your conversations. If you've ever had a convo with a friend and found an advertisement pop up about the same thing you were just chatting about, there's a high chance that's not a coincidence.

But how can you stop your Google Home, iPhone, Amazon Alexa or your Android from spying on you and storing your personal conversations elsewhere? Well, there are some steps you can take to 'up' your security on your devices.

In an article published by 9 News, they shared what to do when you're feeling like you might be spied on from your favourite app:

iPhone

1. Go to settings app

2. Scroll to the app you want to revoke microphone access

3. Turn off the slider for microphone so it goes grey instead of green

Android

1. Go to settings

2. Swipe over to "personal"

3. Tap "privacy and safety"

4. Tap "app permissions"

5. Tap "microphone"

6. Find the app you want to revoke microphone access and turn the slider to OFF

Amazon Alexa

1. Go into your Alexa app

2. Select settings

3. Go to "Manage Your Content and Devices" in your Amazon account

4. Find Echo under devices

5. Select "Manage Voice Recordings"

Google Home

1. Go to myactivity.google.com

2. Click on the three dots in the top corner

3. Select "delete activity by"

4. Find "Voice and Audio" 

 

While it could very well be a glitch in the system, it's best to be safe than sorry! Make sure you read the terms & conditions on your devices before purchase to avoid any 'spying'. 

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