Is Your Smartphone Recording You?


Believe it or not your smartphone may have been or still is recording you. If you own an Android phone, it is likely that you've used Google's Assistant, which is comparable to Apple's Siri.

According to Personal and Identity Theft Expert, Robert Siciliano, simply saying “Okay or Okay Google,” can trigger Google’s listening device.

A Google, a spokesman said: "We only process voice searches after the phone believes the hot word 'OK Google' are detected. “

Whether or not the phone user is aware they’re saying the trigger or hot word, Google starts to record.

Siciliano said “some recordings are an average of 10-20 seconds and can be accessed anywhere with internet.”

Which Google has said is being used to improve things like speech recognition and other technology that includes your voice.

What someone may find alarming, is not knowing when their personal conversations are being recorded, and who is listening.

To have some level of privacy Siciliano recommends, going into your device and “shutting off various features that record audio or locations."

He also recommends smart phone users avoid being overly exposed, because it’s the “first step in maintaining a degree of privacy."

So remember, the next time you’re on a smart phone with a listening advice, to talk as if the whole world is listening. “Okay! “


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