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How to Stop Your Devices from Listening to (and Saving) what You Say

Yes, voice technology is amazing. You can ask your phone a question. You can talk to your speaker system and even book an Uber. With the right setup, you can verbally lock the doors in your house, dim the lights, and change the thermostat. All across America, people are embracing their oral fixation.

Virtual assistants are handy, but they’re always listening. As more manufacturers and developers jump onto the audio tracking bandwagon, you may wonder how much your devices are recording. And what happens to the audio files they gather?

Worst of all: apps that use ultrasonic data to profile you. You don’t hear the tones, but your device does. More about that later. Some regular apps are designed to spy and report back recordings. Read more on five spy apps that could be on your phone watching and listening right now.

Creeped out? Many people are. Lots of consumers don’t trust their virtual assistants and wonder how to switch them off. If you’re worried about the privacy risks of your smartphone’s always-on microphone.