It might help to change your permissions and invest in a microphone blocker
How many times have I been asked, “Is my equipment listening?”
I’ll tell you this: they are Always Listening for the wake word, and tech companies admitting to smart assistants, hears commands incorrectly more often than any of us would like. Tap or click to stop your smart assistants from listening to you, accidental or not. By the way, Google users won’t have to use a wake-up word at all by using the new “quick phrase” feature.
What about the apps on our phones or the websites we open on our computers and tablets? This answer depends on the permissions you have given. Tap or click here for a quick and easy trick and see which apps have recently accessed your camera or microphone.
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If you really want to feel safe that Digital Ears isn’t spying, you need to dive into your settings.
1. Change Your Permissions
Before we dive into the steps, let’s be clear. Facebook says it doesn’t listen. In 2016, when rumors were swirling that Facebook listens to your conversations, it said it only uses the mic if you allow it. Facebook said it doesn’t use what you say to show you ads or content.
How to Check Facebook Mic Permissions on iPhone:
- to open Adjustment, Scroll to and select Your Apps Facebook.
- You will see a list of permissions. slide toggle Next to the microphone on the left to disable it.
Here’s how to check your mic settings on a Mac.
- press apple menu, Then system Preferences.
- Choose security and privacy, then open privacy tab. Choose microphone.
All apps that have access to your microphone will be listed here. Toggle the sliders for the apps you want to disable to the left to disable them.
To check whether Facebook has access on Android:
- Tap Adjustment, Then Apps and Notifications.
- scroll down Facebook > permissions. You’ll see a list of all the permissions Facebook has requested here.
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Finally, check to see what apps or programs can access your microphone on a PC running Windows 10:
- click on Start button > Adjustment > privacy.
- In the left-hand menu, under App Permissions, click microphone.
The first option, “Microphone access for this device,” is a system-wide setting. If you turn it off, no apps can access your microphone. Scrolling down a bit, you’ll see a list of Microsoft Store apps that can use the microphone. Toggle the slider to turn the permission on or off.
The next section displays desktop apps that have microphone permissions. Keep in mind, you’re most likely visiting Facebook in your web browser. This means you need to consider whether to disable microphone access in your browser or at least require sites to ask for permission every time.
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2. Get a Microphone Blocker
If you want to go a step further, you can block your microphone altogether. Gadgets from companies like mic-lock Trick your computer into thinking a microphone is plugged in. These inexpensive anti-espionage devices have no listening capabilities and prevent any acoustics from being recorded.
Mic-Lock makes microphone blockers for USB and Lightning connections and a traditional 3.5mm jack.
Note: If you buy the standard mic-lock and use a newer iPhone without a headphone jack, You’ll need to use one of these Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack converters.
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3. Or DIY Your Own Mic Blocker
Want a cheap and easy way to block audio? Take a cheap pair of headphones and cut the cord near the jack. Now, plug it into your computer or phone without worrying about live voice input.
If you don’t have any cheap headphones, you can get a pair from Amazon for less than $10.
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