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Kim's Opinion: Don't let laptop spyware listen to your conversations

Kim's Opinion: Don't let laptop spyware listen to your conversations

We all know to cover up our webcams with tape so hackers can’t see what we’re doing.

One laptop manufacturer took this a step further. Now when your laptop screen is closed, the microphone turns off automatically.

Almost every laptop has a built-in microphone. When your laptop is asleep, you’d think the mic is turned off and some hacker can’t listen in. Think again. The Fruit Fly malware, for example, will record audio from a MacBook’s mic even when the laptop screen is closed and the laptop is asleep.

Without much fanfare, Apple put the T2 security chip in the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. It physically disconnects the mic when the lid is closed. Now, you don’t need to buy a new laptop.

Disable your mic the MacGyver way. Plug a pair of earbuds that have a mic in your gadget’s audio jack. Cut the earbuds off, as well as the mic. No one can listen in.

I know, you just ruined a pair of earbuds. Trust me, it's worth it.

Listen to more about laptop spying. Tap or click below to hear an episode of Consumer Tech Update.

How to disable your webcam

Almost everything that we use these days can be connected to the internet. Our televisions, lights, washing machines and even refrigerators can be Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices. Another device that cybercriminals can use against you is your webcam. They can be infected with malware and controlled remotely. If you don't use your webcam, you need to turn it off. Tap or click here to find out how.

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