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Smart Devices are Listening to (and Saving) Everything You Say, Here's How to Stop It

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The idea that the smart devices in your home and on your phone are listening to you—and recording what you are saying—is nothing new, and many Americans have become complacent with the breach of their privacy because of the convenience provided by the technology. However, it is still possible to maintain some crucial privacy with some of the most popular apps. Here are a few steps you can take:

Facebook

No matter what crazy updates or changes the app undergoes, the fact is that Facebook is a monster and whether they criticize it or not, more than 1 billion people have Facebook accounts.

One of the many problems with Facebook is that one of its updates has included giving the app access your microphone when you use Facebook Messenger. While the excuse Facebook gave was that it needed access to the microphone, in order to shoot live video within the app, the idea that Facebook has access to your smart phone's microphone at all times is unsettling, to say the least.

iPhone Users: Go to Settings, click on Privacy, click on Microphone, and then slide the switch to the left on Messenger, turning it from green to white to turn it off. 

Android Users: Go to Settings, click on Applications, then click on Application Manager, go to Facebook, click on Permissions, and then click on Turn off the mic. 

Siri

iPhone users are all too familiar with the virtual friend living inside their smartphone, and while users often ask Siri a range of random questions, she is always listening—and even if the device is locked, saying "Hey Siri," records your request and uploads the audio file to Apple's servers for processing.

For iPhones using iOS 8 and later, Apple has made it so that even when the device is locked, the command of "Hey Siri" will activate the feature and give access to the phone. However, if you have experienced this new feature, you may have found that there are times when Siri is activated, even though you did not intentionally give the command.

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