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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.

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