YOUR iPhone can warn you about snoopers — but you need to know the signs.
Apple recently updated the iPhone to give you better protection against rogue apps that spy on you.
Smartphone users often fear that apps could snoop.
It’s a common fear that apps will use your microphone or camera to overhear conversations.
Thankfully, Apple updated the iPhone in 2020 to add warning signs to let you know when this is happening.
The iOS 14 update is available for free – check under Settings > General > Software update if you are using a newer version.
A green dot appears in the upper right corner of the display when the camera is activated.
And it’s orange when the microphone is on.
By swiping into your control center, you can see details about which app is using the microphone.
If you suspect something is snooping on you, when it shouldn’t be, you should check the app’s permissions in Settings.
For example, you can deny certain apps access to your microphone or camera.
And if you’re really concerned, you can just delete the app altogether.
“Privacy is a fundamental human right and is at the core of everything we do,” Apple said back in 2020.
“That’s why with iOS 14 we’re giving you more control over the data you share and more transparency into how it’s being used.
“An indicator will appear at the top of your screen when an app is using your microphone or camera. And in Control Center, you can see if an app has recently used it.”
Of course, whenever ANY app is using the microphone or camera, the light will be on.
That means it shows up even when you’re using the camera app or recording a video on Instagram.
So don’t panic as soon as you see that green or orange glow – you only have to worry if it lights up unexpectedly.
Why does it feel like apps are spying on us?
If you’ve ever seen ads for products you talked about in real life, it can be scary.
This is especially true if you think you’ve never looked for it online before.
In fact, tech giants can show you these eerie ads because they have a frighteningly detailed picture of your life.
The worrying fact is that a lot of this comes from information that you submit yourself.
And part of that comes from following you around the internet and monitoring what you’re doing.
A company like Facebook just doesn’t need to spy on you—your own behavior provides a lot of data.
Accessing a smartphone microphone without your permission would be a major invasion of privacy.
The magic of targeted advertising is that it should feel relevant to you – even if you don’t know why.
Advertisers may use information from your activity across the web and across devices, even if you’re not logged into Facebook or other services.
You’ll likely know where you live, what you like, who your friends are, how much money you make, your political beliefs, and more.
So if you’re getting ads for something you’ve been talking out loud about, it’s almost certainly only advertisers who are very good at predicting your interests.
It is also possible that an advertising campaign is running and you saw an ad and did not notice it. You’ve then talked about it without realizing you’ve been promoted, and only then notice future ads – which suddenly seem suspicious.
Let’s say you were talking about a holiday in Scotland and suddenly a holiday in Scotland is advertised to you.
Maybe you’ve never searched for anything related to it.
But Facebook could use information about your net worth, past holiday interests, the time of year (ads promoting Scottish winter retreats are common in the colder months) and your location.
What looks like snooping is actually just clever advertising.
Just a coincidence
But it’s also important to understand that seeing an ad for a product you were talking about is almost certainly a fluke.
If you’re a regular internet user, you probably see hundreds of ads in any given day.
That’s thousands a week—the overwhelming majority of which you won’t even notice.
But maybe once or twice over a few months you’ll see an ad for a product you’ve been talking about — but not looking for.
The odds of this happening once in a barrage of thousands (or even tens of thousands of ads) are likely very high.
You won’t think about all the ads that didn’t pique your curiosity – only the ones that made you paranoid.
So take comfort in the fact that ads are often very wrong.
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