Have you ever seen an ad on your computer about a product that you were just talking about with a coworker? An advertisement for the same exact brand of car that you were discussing pops-up and you think, that's odd.
It's not a coincidence. There have been reports about certain apps using your gadget's microphone to listen to conversations that are taking place in the area. These apps then use information collected to provide you with targeted ads.
However, advertisers are not the only ones interested in what you are saying and doing. Hackers are also finding that the cameras and microphones on your devices can provide them with valuable information.
That's why you need to know how to secure your microphone and webcam from hackers.
How to secure your microphone
Hacked cameras are fairly easy to spot since many have a light that turns on whenever it's in use. But microphones are much more stealthy. It's not easy to tell when your microphone is being used.
The best way to secure your gadget's microphone is to make it non-functional when you're not using it. This is a really easy process, although it will cost a few dollars to complete.
Simply plug a pair of earbuds that have a microphone included in your gadget's 3.5mm audio jack. You must then cut the earbuds off, as well as the mic.
I know, I know, this sounds crazy. You've just ruined a pair of earbuds. Trust me, it's worth it.
Doing this will keep hackers from listening into your conversations. It works because plugging earbuds that have a built-in mic into your gadget changes the default audio input from the gadget's internal microphone to the external one.
Even after you cut the earbuds off, the computer still uses the external mic as the default. Since the mic is no longer attached, no sound can be collected by the gadget.