How to keep your gadgets honest
▪ Blind your webcams. Now that we’ve all heard the CIA can spy on us through certain smart TVs, it’s time to reassess what data your internet-connected devices are collecting. Hackers can hijack a computer’s webcam, for example, so use tape or a webcam cover to block the lens when you don’t need it.
▪ Limit tracking. Many apps, including Facebook, ask to use your location or your phone’s microphone. In your phone’s settings, you can choose which apps have access to which data. While you’re at it, consider turning off your phone’s voice-recognition functions—better known as Hey Siri (iOS) or OK Google (Android). Some smart TVs log information on your viewing habits, too, so search the menu to disable data collecting.
▪ Strengthen your passwords. You probably know strong passwords are a must to keep hackers at bay. But whenever possible, establish two-factor authentication as well. Source:Time.com ■